Day 3 – Another one off the bucket list

Williams to Monument Valley via the Grand Canyon.

“Grand” doesn’t really to it justice, nor do the photographs to be honest. No point trying to describe it, guess you just have to see it.  As Ethan put it : “Take that meteor crater!”. Fair point.

canyon

 

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Of course almost as bewildering as the canyon itself, was the appearance of several roundabouts on the approach. Nothing had mentally prepared me for this.

roundabout

Much confusion over timezones and the different time in the Navajo Nation whilst trying to find a commentary of the England match on the radio. Sort of glad that we didn’t manage it now, it would have made a long drive seem much longer.

Stopped off to take in a roadside view and wandered into an area which sounded like someone was using a power tool. Impressive crickets thinks I until I saw this sign:

sign

Time to beat a hasty retreat methinks.

Finally made it to the aptly named View Hotel in  Monument Valley. Just sitting on the balcony watching the sunset. This is the view currently

monument

 

Day 2 – Get your kicks…

Wildlife Day

Started with a leisurely trundle along Route 66. Encountered first exotic wildlife as a snake slithered across the road in front of the car. Co-incidentally,  had first road-kill of the trip. Did manage to avoid a small prairie dog like mammal later in the day though. Swings and roundabouts, swings and roundabouts…

Finally made it to the meteor crater. Yeah OK, so it’s a hole n the ground, but what a hole in the ground! Smaller in real life though… Ethan says that his expectations where met. Hard to know whether that is good or bad.

meteor

New to the selfie but thought I’d give it a go. Looking at some of the photos we have taken Ethan and myself have decided to adopt the miliband as the SI unit of measurement for quality of photographs.

Rounded off the day with a trip to Bearizona. Gotta love the name.  Most of the animals seemed to take great pleasure in stopping in front of cars to relieve themselves – especially the wolves, but that’s wolves for you. Can’t help but think that animals showing that level of contempt for the tourists somehow redresses the whole captivity thing…

Day 1 – Stay on the right side…

First day of extremes – from the madness of LA to the isolation of the Mojave and temperatures from 106F down to 50F in the mountains above Palm springs.

palm

After an early start first business of the day was breakfast  with Ethan’s veggistential crisis, being tempted by all of the bacony treats on offer. Luckily the Veggie skillet came to the rescue…

veggie

 

Objectives for the day

  1. Escape from LA … Tick
  2. See much weirdness … Tick
  3. Experience the alien landscape  of  Joshua Tree NP … tick
  4. Spectacular scenery, spectacular scenery, spectacular scenery … Tick
  5. Go barrelling across the desert with the music turned up … Tick
  6. Avoid being hit by debris from exploding tyre on truck in front … Tick

Everyone we have met has been so remarkably pleasant  & friendly that I can feel my natural British cynicism ebbing away. It’s unhealthy and if it carries on I will begin to resent it!

joshua

No sleep ’til Laughlin

4:30am but my body is insisting that it’s lunch time. No more sleep in the the City of Night I suspect. Could be an early start…

Time to scope out that all American breakfast…

Preparation continues…

With only a few days to go the crucial business of the road trip play list is needing attention…

Whether to go with the US biased

or stick with the usual old upbeat standards

Obviously need the Monument Valley specific one

… and maybe another to get in the right state of mind and offset the cultural guilt generated by the last one. Ah the damage done by growing up in the 60s & 70s!