It was experiences such as living for two years in Washington D.C, holidaying in the USA with her family as a teenager, followed by experiences such as a Camp Counsellor that fired Beth's love of the USA and the American way of life. Abiding memories of this time are July 4th celebrations in the capital, cherry blossom, skiing in West Virginia and a cabin holiday on the edge of Lake Christine in the wilderness of New Hampshire. Being in New York on 9/11 and witnessing the aftermath was an unforgettable and profoundly moving experience and one which has made her feel a strong connection with the USA.
After university the opportunity to relocate to the USA to manage the development of a UK-based cookie company proved irresistible. Initially, living in the beautiful and scenic Park City, Utah, she then moved to the bright lights and hedonism of Las Vegas. Keen to soak up as much of the opportunity as possible she travelled widely — highlights being San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. Lasting impressions of the USA for her were the well-defined seasons, her favourite being the autumn, big skies and the variety of breathtaking scenery.
Beth is keen to share her knowledge and passion to ensure that Audley clients experience the wealth of travel opportunities on offer in this wonderful country.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable travel experience was hiking the hidden wonder of the Narrows in Zion National Park. The trail runs parallel to the Virgin River and the sheer size of the canyon walls that surround you is jaw dropping. Spending more than half my time knee-deep in water, traversing from one side of the riverbank to the other using a stick, I didn't plan on being wet or think there was the chance I'd step into a pool that was waist-deep, or deeper. The gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river — sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide with twisting channels — is one of extraordinary beauty. Hanging gardens and waterfalls burst from dramatically coloured perpendicular walls while trickling water threads its way over moss covered boulders. My advice to those looking at this hike is that you've got to have that walking stick with you and do it in winter, thereby beating the crowds; my guide and I had the river to ourselves and only saw three other hikers.