Utah and Arizona
01.10.2016 - 06.10.2016 25 °C
Wow. We've hit about 15 states so far... unbelievable. We were just talking about how September went by so slowly for us even though we were crashing through states so fast. Now that we are taking our time in each of these wonderful states it seems that time is going by a lot faster for some reason, sadly. Though we are getting tired.
The drive from Colorado to Utah was quite amazing. desert for days and then giant plateaus and mountains in the near distance. The landscape is everything we've been waiting for. It's wild that everywhere you go or everywhere you look there is a different piece of landscape that blows your mind. Weird to think people live here (though we don't see many houses between cities or towns the same way Colorado has it set up). The cities here are different than we've noticed elsewhere. Less big name cooperations more small town family owned spots. A TONNE of Rvs though. Everywhere. America really loves their RV life and it seems like they have all congregated in Utah. It's great in some ways because it is easy to find free spots to fill water and park for the night but it is quite annoying in a lot of other respects.
We decided to cut our trip in Utah to a couple main spots that are must sees for us, simply so we can keep moving and get to California (because it's California). So we went straight to Arches National Park and Moab. Very neat little town. A lot of tourists. Going through the canyons so close to Canyonland was also amazing. And all the hikes are too beautiful to even describe. Being in Utah, hiking the rim of canyons and looking off in the distance at more mountains, more delicate landscape that has morphed into art forms really makes you realise how insignificant we are. Really.
The weather is amazing. It reaches about 15 degrees during the day and goes down to around 0 at night. Perfect. And all sun all day. Picked an amazing season to explore this state. It is so wonderfully cold at night Ginny has started to go to bed wearing a blanket... which she usually hates. She seems quite happy with this new discovery of the luxury of comforters.
Went down to Bryce Canyon afterwards and discovered the most wonderful way to watch the sunrise. When the sun hits the stone in the canyon and lights up the rock forms its surreal. Camping here is an experience that I am sure we will never forget.
After some beautiful camping and hiking in Utah we Drove down to Arizona... because we would be so silly to skip out on the Grand Canyon being this close. Getting into Arizona we were greeted with vast desert and zero trees. However, approaching the Kaibab National Forest you start to climb back up in elevation (sorry Bessy) and within a couple of hours it's like you're back in Colorado. Tall trees for days. Felt some relief while looking for a place to camp for the night (shade is important to us). Camped out in a lovely spot under very tall, very skinny, very wobbly trees in the Kaibab forest just outside of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Cool how close you can camp next to the rim for free and in private. The stars were absolutely insane. A night's sky like we'eve never seen before. Unforgettable.
The Grand Canyon North Rim left us speechless. When we were there there were very few visitors, which was great. And we reached the highest peak on the rim. An amazing sight to see. It certainly is grand. Will be coming back to this spot one day to explore its corners and crevices I am sure.
We are now in California. Nevada we decided to stick to driving through rather than staying somewhere in the desert, minus one night on the southern border with California. Drove straight through Las Vegas (resisted temptation). We have now arrived to Southern California. Will be here for a bit... may want to stay here... it's sunny and beautiful and everything we've been waiting for.