Day 4 – Iron like a lion

Day 4 – Iron like a lion

Monument Valley to ZIon via 4 Corners and Page

Long one today. I was talked into a “minor” detour to the Four Corners (where Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona meet). I’ve been in some states in my time but rarely 4 at once. Here’s me giving it a go…

I’m wondering whether it is possible to get awe fatigue. Every bend in the road seems to open up another spectacular vista. Driving out of Monument Valley, the views are even better than the valley itself. Likewise coming into Page. Still, kudos to Arizona, its got some stuff!

I’m assuming that the vast expanses of rather dull plains are nature’s way of balancing out and avoiding people getting jaded.

Ethan was commenting earlier on the number of churches – not just in the towns, where whole streets seem to be devoted to them – but also in the middle of nowhere. His theory is that living in the back of beyond is a way of showing devotion to god and communities of the devout spring up around the churches. Living in the arse end of nowhere as a sort of geographical hair shirt I guess.

Even spotted one church of Satan, but I didn’t hang around to take a photo.

Good to see that the churches  have gone mobile too:

Zion, Springdale, Desert Pearl all superb. May have to come back and do a hiking trip…

Would add some photos but they seem to have mysteriously vanished. Just as well we have to head back through Zion canyon tomorrow.

Day 3 – Another one off the bucket list

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.

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.

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:

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

Day 2 – Get your kicks…

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.

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…

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