Currently in Escalante, UT.
We escaped Las Vegas to head toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I don't recall the precise places we briefly stopped through and/or saw outside the car window, but it was certainly not a direct path, on purpose.
The Grand Canyon itself was, indeed, grand. Kind of difficult to parse, grand. There are pictures, of course. Mine, metahacker
's, and galaneia
's. Uploading pictures, as per usual, is slow. (I'm still back at stuff previous to picking them up from the air port!)
Tiny cabin was tiny, but the larger ones were not available when we booked the one we did get. And hey, we were staying on the North Rim. That doesn't suck. :) There was some hiking, as well as a severely sleep-deprived metahacker
, which was sad. Also, altitude eats people's energy and brains.
From the North Rim, we went to Page, passing through a number of pretty things on the way, including south of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
, and over the Navajo Bridge
. We ate in a former paddleboat
, all unknowing until we had finished, for dinner. From Page, we crossed the Glen Canyon bridge
, and I think went back to spend the night in Kanab, UT.
This morning, we left Kanab and headed toward Bryce Canyon National Park
, passing through lots of pretty stuff on the way. In Bryce, we took the shuttle in, had a picnic lunch, and went to the end of the shuttle trip. From there, we took pictures, jumped back on the shuttle, and then walked from that stop to the next one north. We ended up deciding against walking another 0.5 miles from that stop to the next one, so as to be kind to altitude-affected people. We saw lots of birds, one of which was both blue-ish and green-ish, and turned out to be the Violet-green swallow
. We also saw woodpeckers (tiny!), ravens, antelope, elk from far away, and other things that I'm probably forgetting. Yes, there are pictures. :)
After Bryce, we headed for Escalante, UT for the night, and had tasty dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel, which specializes in smoked meats.
And now, I'm chilly and going to stop trying to upload things for now. Brr!