Sunday, 10 August 2014

Zion Canyon

We soon arrived at Springdale, just outside of Zion Canyon and got settled in another quaint typical American motel. Arriving close to sunset the light does incredible things as it bounces off the red rocks. The little town where we stayed was lovely with the local store and trendy restaurants, it had a very low key feel to it - and I saw my first Hummingbird!. I definitely could have stayed their longer. 

The next day we headed off early ready for another big walk. This time it was the Angels Landing trail, a 4 hour, 5.4 mile walk up the canyon. The end point requires you to climb using rope up to the top with a very steep drop below, something I unashamedly didn't manage. Especially with the lovely signs reminding everyone just how many people had died from falling off. Still the views from where I sat waiting for the others were alright too. 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Death Valley & Las Vegas

From Yosemite we were headed towards the antithesis that is Las Vegas. But first we crossed Death Valley. Hitting over 104 degrees (40 C) it really does feel like a wall of heat when you leave the sanctity of the air conditioned car. You can drive onto the salt flats which is 282 feet below sea level and the 8th lowest place on Earth. Incredible to look at but not for long. We didn't stay in Death Valley but I have done on a previous visit. Believe it or not there is a tiny oasis in the middle of the valley - the motel has a pool and everything. Not for the faint hearted though.

And then we arrived in Vegas. More of a stop off point on our way to the Canyons it still gave us a chance to sit by the pool and relax. We stayed in The Stratosphere Hotel. At the very end of the strip it is, as a result, much cheaper but a little out of the way. There is also the advantage of free entry to the tower which gives amazing views of the city. 

Before long we were on the road again. Leaving the craziness behind it wasn't long before we were soon back in remote desert.