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Inside a warm RV, tired from a crazy hike today where we walked up 21 switchbacks then climbed our way across a ridge to the top of Angel's Landing (Zion National Park), full of chicken and excellent chips, glass of Sonoma Valley pinot noir. Life being unemployed and homeless is pretty darn good.

Utah is totally where it's at if you're into outstanding scenery and all the beautiful nature you can soak up. It's less good if you like any booze more than 4%. We struck gold with a great little brewery in Moab, but it's been dry since then. Least it would be if we hadn't stocked up.

Although, Utah is DRY. As was Colorado. I'm literally dehydrating as I sit here; my hair, nails, and skin will have withered away with a few more days of this, I'm sure.

We've driven from Denver, the mile-high city (joining the mile-high club here is cheating, I'm sure), over the snowy Rockies via the most scenic (and switchback-crazy) road, to Mesa Verde (National Park 1), then onto Moab and The Arches (NP2), short walk in Cayonlands (NP3) and Dead Horse State Park (GREAT views over NP2), then down through Capitol Reef (NP3, and a whole load of deer. The deer game is getting silly. We saw so many dead deer by the side of the road we had to start counting them as 5 points, and in the parks real deer can easily net you over 100), onward to Bryce (NP4 and fucking cold, ice inside our windows that morning) and finally Zion (NP5). Tomorrow we head to the Grand Canyon North Rim (NP6), then the South Rim, and finally, Las Vegas. I don't actually want to give the RV up, it's absolutely great and I could easily spend another week or more travelling further. I wish I'd had more faith in Will's idea, and in the ease of finding RV parks in this fabulous place. Not a bad lesson to learn though!

Will and I will both miss fireworks tomorrow night however. 5th Nov is one of my favourite days in the whole calendar.

Date: 2011-11-05 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zotz.livejournal.com
I was at the South Rim about three weeks ago. A woman working in one of the shops said we shouldn't miss breakfast in the El Tovar dining room.

She was entirely right. I also would advise you not to miss it.

Might be an idea not to miss the Watchtower at Desert View, near the East entrance to the South Rim. We hadn't particularly been planning on dropping in, but we were very glad we did.

Apart from that . . . . well, all the stuff around the Grand Canyon village is great (we ran out of obscene expletives to describe the view fairly quickly) so I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Say hello to the Ravens from me, and (in case you don't know) there are condors around Vermillion Cliffs and the Canyon, so keep an eye on the sky. We didn't see any, but hopefully you'll be luckier.

Date: 2011-11-05 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Awesome, thanks, we'll check out both of those. There have ravens everywhere on this trip, usually taunting me by flying overhead into the sun so I can't get any photos. I'm sure they're doing it deliberately.

Date: 2011-11-05 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladycat.livejournal.com
Yay for happy homeless! :-)

Date: 2011-11-05 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inulro.livejournal.com
my hair, nails, and skin will have withered away with a few more days of this, I'm sure.

I did really well in the desert. All my pain went away, my hair was straight and dried in record time, and even my skin was less bad.

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