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The last leg USA

Gina's entry

So Hi again - We're in San Diego and made it all the way around. It has been ages again since i last had the chance to write a blog same story either no time or no access. We've been to some fantastic places since i lasted wrote in Yosemite and oh I have to take back what I said about Yosemite it is beautiful just my tip would be miss the valley out and head striaght for the sun road which takes you across the mountains. We drove out of there (lucky but as the rd was closed due to snow the day before) though stunning sceanary high up seeing bits of snow cap peaks and coyotes in the fields tehn drove down to below sealevel to death valley our most amazing drive day i think. Death Valley was just mindblowing we both where lost for words and yes again you have to go there to see it we will get round to doing some photos at some point. We camped in Death valley for 3 nights 2 of them in a free site no showers so we didn't stay longer. We did some amazing walks - goldern canyono springs to mind and artists drive just stunning. After death valley we drove to Lake Mead for one more night camping by the lake and a lovely hot shower!!! then into Las Vegas where we stayed for $26 a night at the sahara hotel on thestrip! loved las vegas again - we picked up a free steak meal and won a bit on black jack and roulette. Las Vegas was also great after camping and wilderness we needed the city lights even crazy Vegas! After 3 nights though we where ready again to seek more nature and headed for Flafstaff and the Grand Canyon. we walked 4km down and back up again as we only had a day there was beautiful as expected and the photos wont do it justice. From there we drove to a place called Kanab in Utah had a great night in a motel called Parrys Lodge whre all the old western movie stars used to stay when they film round there. They even showed an old movie for free that night (The Wagon Train it was called - classic!!). Had one of our best meals in a lovely organic cafe come gallery and then drove to Zion National park for 2 nights camping. Unfortunately it was weekend and very busy - we only just managed to get a camp site but it was still worth it to see Zion park red colours and beautiful mountains and valleys. We did some more great walking in particular angels landing which was almost free climbing at some points!! From Zion we went for a quick look at Bryce Canyon which was a shame as it deserved longer - we did a walk around the edge and down into the canyono it is a bizare place and very orange in colour beautiful though and we would both like to go back to explore it more! After that we drove to Page and found a great place to saty an apartment called Debbies hideaway only $50 for a large apartment with kitchen and a communal garden and bbq. From there we went to antelope canyono which is stunning but the tour wasn't too good a bit rushed and we felt like cattle being herded through - just take your photos and move! we also went to look at horseshoe bend which was gorgeous and better as that was on our own. After Page we went to Monument valley in the Najavo researve - beautiful - if anyone goes it is worth staying at the view hotel we didn't as it is too procey at $120 a night but it has killer views for sunset and sun rise. It was way too cold to camp so we drove on and stayed over at Holbrook so we could see the petrified forest the next day. The P forest was amazing an we spent longer there than expected just looking at the colourful old petrified trees in amazment.
After lingering we drove to Sedona and got a free nights luxury accomadation by attending a time share talk it was worth it and no we didn't buy anything! the hotel amara was great and needed! Sedona was lovely too we did a very brief walk and really should have stayed longer but instead we moved on the Phoenix and stayed with our friends Rita and Joe and was introduced to their lovely new baby Sydney who is just adorable. Thanks Rita and Joe for everything we enjoyed your cooking especially the golash and the BBQ was gorgeous. We also enjoyed walking round historic Scottsdale Martin nearly baught a cowboy hat but not quiet!
After leaving Rita and Joes we drove to the Joshua tree national park camped there for 1 night and again we should have stayed longer really it was a stunning place it was weekend again though and busy. We did a few amazing walks past weird looking landscapes and trees full of lots of colour. We did get lost though as we got distracted by the sun set! thanksfully someone gave us a lift back to where we where meant to be before it got too dark!
After there we drove to LA stayed in Santa Monica for 2 nights at a pricy hostel and now we are in a much better hostel in point loma ocean beach San Diego. We're staying a week until we fly out to the Cooks on the 8th Nov trying to sell our lovely car that has served us so well. Good place to hang around at though San Diego sunny and lots to do oh and yes - internet access!!!!!!!!
bye for now prob wont write again til the Cooks - roll on the beach!
Gina x

Posted by martgina 11:18

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