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(Scene? Something in the first Star Wars. Or the fourth. Whatever. I guess if I can drag them to Breaking Bad locations in Albuquerque, they can drag me to Star Wars locations in Death Valley.)

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More rocks:

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Yes, its Grand.

We did the North Rim – given the other parts of our itinerary, the South Rim made no sense.  And no regrets.

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But before that, and after Bryce, we stayed for one night at two of these cute Airbnb bunkhouses in northern Arizona. Given it was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, there was nothing else available at a reasonble rate anywhere in northern Arizona or southern Utah.  It was crazy.  (Actually, after driving through, I saw a number of independent motels that probably had vacancies – I need to learn that for areas like this, I need to move beyond the online aggregate search engines for motels/hotels.)

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Before we went to the Grand Canyon, we took a quick-ish detour to just drive along the Vermillion Cliffs…stunning.

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Trust me, I will be writing a detailed series of posts on this trip next week.  But I’m telling you, I was so moved by the Grand Canyon.

Morning at the Grand Canyon, North Rim.  Both mornings started this way, and it was fascinating to watch the mist, fog and clouds rapidly rise up through the Canyon.

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Skipping ahead, after we left Zion, we moved west and did some climbing.  Because after a morning of riding almost twenty miles, what everyone needs is a hike through the desert to find Anasazi petroglyphs:

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Ghosts:

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Rhyolite, a Nevada ghost town.  It existed for less than ten years, at its height boasting of between 8,000-10,000 residents then the boom busted for various reasons.

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A few days ago, we were a little chilly. Not today:

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He’s pointing to the small white sign on the cliffface (assisted by my post-production arrow) that indicates sea level.badwater2
What I’ve seen of creation the past ten days has been almost overwhelming.

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DSCN4909Almost idyllic.  

I’ve loved all three national parks we’ve traveled to, but at this point, Zion is the one to which I would return. It feels as if we just got started with Zion.

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Not great internet, so here are a few photos.

Short version of the posts I’ll be writing up on our return:  This is a great trip, and everyone should do it!

(Saw a family yesterday in their car on the windows of which they had written, TEN PARKS OR BUST – with a checklist of all the parks they’d be visiting on the trip.)

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If you look at this one closely you can see Bighorn sheep – one on the very top, and the other on the side.

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(Pictures are a little dark..no time to adjust)

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A great experience, riding down into Bryce Canyon. Although I will say that it cured me of any curiosity I had of ever doing the same down the Grand Canyon.  The animals are partial to the outer edge of the trail, which is just a little nerve-racking on those switchbacks.

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WHY is the chip bag about to explode???

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Answer:

Because at high altitudes, the air pressure is less. so the air sealed inside the bag at sea level atmospheric pressure has less pressure weighing on it, and the volume increases.

AKA Boyle’s Law.

BOOM.

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8th grade graduation: Check

Confirmation: Check.

Time to hit the road!

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Well, that was the only road sign I have so far. But you get the gist.

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It’s late, and I’m tired, so all I can do is photos.  Sorry!

Hoover Dam, obvs.

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Inside the dam.

Speaking of tours (were we?)…if there is anything I would like to change about the current Guided Tour and Presentation Culture of these United States, it’s..”.humor.”   As in, You’re Not Funny.  Stop trying.

(Personally…I blame it on Disney. You know…the Jungle Cruise thing with lame jokes?  I blame that. But then I blame Disney for almost everything bad, so take it however you like.)

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A fantastic surprise in Saint George, Utah.  When checking in to the hotel, I asked the clerk what to do with those last couple hours of daylight.  He suggested this – Pioneer Park.  Great time, running and climbing and looking down on the town. (The white church is, of course, the LDS temple, but it’s also important because it was the first LDS temple built in Utah and the oldest still in use.

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The next morning, we hit the ground running and headed a bit north to the AMAZING Snow Canyon State Park.  It hadn’t been on my radar until the day before, and I am so glad we spent the morning there.  Petrified sand dunes, lava fields, lava tunnels, then an array of white hills (hence the name). Gorgeous.

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And then, of course….

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Bryce Canyon…

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Today’s wildlife count:

Many, many deer (in Bryce)

2 rabbits.

1 weirdly friendly huge raven at an overlook at Bryce.  People must be (unfortunately and stupidly) feeding it because it positions itself on whatever post is nearest to an onlooker and just waits.  We didn’t get close, but even when we walked away and to our car, it flew after us, landing right in front of the car, clearly expecting something. Very Birds-like, and considering that over the past two weeks, a bird has flung itself into our front living room window with such force it left feathers, and another small bird came in through an open door of our house…yeah,we’re ready.

Some good-looking lizards at Snow Canyon.

A wild turkey at Bryce.

And most amusingly, at Snow Canyon, a prairie dog sprawled in a juniper bush just stuffing his little fat face with every berry he could reach.

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My name is not Tippi.

Oh, and Saturday’s forecast for where we are going to be….ice. 

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