Home sweet home.
We left salt Lake city as quick as was possible, scared that the moomins(or is it mormons !!) would catch us (although their leader is currently in custody on a 'accessory to rape' charge) (Do i need to put 'alledged rape' to ensure i don't get sued, he hasn't been found guilty, yet !) We made our way down to a very small settlement called cannonville. We again decided to use KOA campsite as the previous ones had been so good (no I am not being paid to say that, they really were good). However, due to the fact we were not sure how hot it would be (or how cold at night, especially after Yellowstone|) We decided to rent a small wood cabin. It had two rooms. Caz and Si in one room in a big double bed, and me in the back room sqeezed into the kiddies bunk beds !! (I got my own back by nipping to the toilet during the night as i had to go through their room to get out, it wasn't because of my dodgy bladder).
A rather rutted trail. Fun to drive down though.
As you can see from the photo of the cabin, the view was the best yet. The amazing cliffs of the 'National Staircase Escalante'
.On the first day there we decided to go to see 'Willis Creek'. This involved going down quite a few dirt tracks. We actually got lost at one piont and ended up down a dusty many rutted trail. It was so bad at one piont we nearly put Jimmy on his side due to the unlevel surface. We eventually decided to turn back, this 'road' did not appear one that cars were supposed to go down.
We eventually got to the correct place and took a walk along the creek, as you can see from the photo, the water over the years had worn out a very hin but deep canyon, it was quite amazing to walk along. It was very hot, about 90degrees.
Caz couldn't hear the rumble of distant water !!!
I walked abou a mile but then turned back, si and caz continued for a bit longer and say i became even thinner in paces. Afer this we set off and found (straight away for a change!) The Kodachrome valley. The different coulered layers of rock were amazing to see, I have never seen anything like it. And the huge rock that the photo is of was stood erect (!!) in the middle of nowhere, all the ground around it slowly worn down over the years.
By this time myself and Caz were feeling quite weary with all the heat and we didn,t have a very good breakfast really, so we set off back to the campsite. That evenng we set off to 'fairyhouse piont', this is where he campsie stewards had advised us to watch the setting sun light up the various coloured rocks in Bryce Canyon.
NEW GAME- 'Where's R Si ?'
We got up there a little lae, but caught the end of it, it really was quite an amzing experience, the colours the view for miles and miles, and the various unimaginable rock formations (they look like melting candles). We were stood up there for quite some time.
The next day myself and caz decided to have a quieter day, we fancied an easy alk around 'devils garden' where the photo of the hoodoo was taken (standing stone i think it means). But Si was up for bit of a hike, so we dropped him off in the midday hea and he went for a 3 mile walk to 'peek a boo canyon', so called because the entrance was so difficul to find. Si eventually made it back, can you spot him in the photo walking across the desert ? By the time he got back up to us he was shattered.
Two Hoodoos !!
But was buzzing at having done this difficult hike. For the rest of the afternoon we took Jimmy and drove along lots of dirt tracks and side roads, it was such good fun to drive along. One road was all rutted and we were on it for 26 miles. Another road we found was hells backbone !! it was a gravel road, with lots of twists and turns with very dangerous drops over the edge. Caz counted how many times i set the traction control off, it was about 20 times. Cool. Just don't tell the hire company.
To me, this place we stayed at and looked around was the most stunnng and impessive out of everything we have seen, he colours, rock formations, views, awesome !! Bryce Canyon, remember it folks.
The next day we were up early for our drive down to the Grand Canyon.
The stupidiest lorry driver, EVER.
We decided to take a 40 mile dirt road part of the way there. It was very twisty with lots of tight turns, potholes and rocks in the road. I found it quite a challenge to drive on. It was a real buzz. However, there are times in life when you come across some thing and just think (stunned) "WHAT HE HELL !!". As we came around a corner we saw in front of us, his articulated lorry stuck on the track. It was an unbelievable sight, how he even got that far i will never know. Some one else who turned up agreed o go and get help, we ensured he lory driver had plenty of water and then we drove 'off piste' around him and carried on our way. How long he was stuck there i dread to think, it was about halfway along his 40 mile track.
We got to the Grand canyon without anything else happening.
Sunrise over the grand canyon.
We stopped at the first viewing platform, and boy what a sight, the problem with it is that it is so huge it really does not look real. We then got to our hotel (which was actually quite posh) and had an early nigh as we wee up at 530am the next day to catch the sunrise over the canyon. All 3 (even R si) mnaged to get up, and as you can see from the photos, despite it being a bit cloudy the sunrise was aewsome. I think I took about 30 photos !!! We returned to the hotel after this and chilled out and slept for the rest of the day as we were hoping to catch the sunset, however for the first time in years The grand canyon had a full day of heavy showers and thunder. As the photos show, we couldn't even see the canyon floor or the other side it was so foggy. It was actually quite beuatiful and rather spooky.
So back to Vegas tommorrow, i will ry to write one more blog maybe thursday just before i come home. cheers folks. x