Day 5 – Look at that view … meh

Day 5 – Look at that view … meh

Zion to Brian Head via Bryce

Up in the mountains at the moment. Nice to see some greenery for a change. Can feel the altitude though. Have been noticing a certain shortness of breathe on occasions and then realised that most of the places we have been visiting are 7 or 8 thousand feet above sea level. Will have the lung capacity to run marathons by the time I get home. Shame the inclination is not developing in parallel.

Another day of spectacular views…

The views have now reached the point where anything just ordinarily picturesque  has started to appear like Lincolnshire. I think that Ethan is suffering from nature overload. Luckily we have a break from natural wonders tomorrow and will be heading for the unnatural wonders of Vegas. Bring it.

Have to say that, having given the thumbs up to Arizona, I thoroughly approve of what I have seen of Utah so far and they have certainly ramped up the friendliness factor. Ethan says that he liked Colorado. because although we only ventured 20 feet in he had a seat and a cold drink and  it didn’t involve any effort.

Nevada, your up next – let’s see what you’ve got!

Looking forward to a day in Vegas without driving … the Margheritas beckon…

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.

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