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  • Day11

    Day 11 - Arches @ Sunrise

    September 21 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    We were awoken at some crazy time this morning to a wind storm whipping our tent and blowing what felt like a few pounds of sand inside. Nomes got up to move the car to try and create a wind break (and ended up sleeping in the car!) It felt like we'd just fallen back asleep again when the 5.30am alarm went off and we dragged ourselves up and packed up in the dark & wind and headed to Arches National Park for sunrise.

    We'd heard Delicate Arch was one of the best places to see the sunrise, so we headed straight there behind a surprisingly long line of fellow early risers.  The Delicate Arch hike is one the most popular long hikes in Arches National Park ("ANP"). A series of small switchbacks eventually give way to a long steady climb up slick rock (thanks to those who insisted I got proper hiking boots for this trip, they've been worth their weight in gold!) The final stretch of this 3 mile trail skirts a narrow slickrock ledge with a steep drop off to the left. The wind was still pretty brutal at this point (not to mention cold!) but thankfully it pushed you closer to the rock face side of the trail, not the edge! Becky discovered the hidden (and unpopulated!) gem of "Frame Arch" - an aptly named smaller Arch up a steep slick rock slope which gave you a great view of the rising sun and perfectly framed Delicate Arch in the background.

    Despite the early hour, many tourists had made it up to Delicate Arch before us. After sitting in Frame Arch watching the sun rise, we joined the line of tourists taking turns to get a photo within Delicate

    Arch itself. Again everyone seemed so polite and friendly, willing to take photos for each other and strike up easy conversation. We made many friends and exchanged photos and stories. Too often the conversation started with "where are you from?" after hearing my Aussie accent, and was quickly followed by a comment to the tune of "why on earth did you move from Australia to Virginia, of all places!?" Let's just say I love my husband... 😁

    We hadn't eaten breakfast before taking on the hike, so Nomes and Bek headed back down toward the car while I stayed a while longer to get a few more photos (and make more friends!)

    The next (and final) stop in ANP was the Landscape Arch found along the park's longest trail "Devil's Garden" which has spectacular views of eight arches. We stopped for a quick breakfast before setting off. Among the world's longest natural stone spans, Landscape Arch is a spectacular ribbon of rock acessed by an easy hike along a well maintained trail. The trail starts through sandstone fins that stand on end like giant wedges and provide welcome shade and towering walls of various hues of red and yellow. The trail opens out before Landscape Arch providing a panoramic view to distant ridges and a wide open sky.

    You used to be able to hike under the Arch itself, but in 1991 a 60ft slab of rock fell unexpectedly and almost injured nearby hikers, resulting in the closure of that particular trail. Our initial view of Landscape Arch felt a little disappointing, but we hiked closer to it's base and were  able to get a much better view of the azure blue sky through the Arch that spans an impressive 306ft.

    After a quick stop at the visitors centre we headed out of the park and ran a few errands, getting fuel and a few other necessities, before hitting the road for a 4.5 hour trip to Paige, via Monument Valley.

    14,489 steps before noon, now that ain't bad.

    We cruised through the highway leading to monument valley listening to Rascal Flatts' "Life is a Highway" and stopping at the scenic pull-offs to take photos through the sun roof of our Rav 4. The iconic monuments towered from the horizon and reminded us of Pixar's animation "Cars" which is set against this stunning backdrop. We got to the Monument Valley visitor centre, paid for our ticket, and proceeded to sit in line to wait for the scenic drive through the valley (only 15 cars were allowed at a time.) After a 40 minute wait we were super disappointed to be turned around - despite selling us a ticket no one is allowed on the scenic drive past 4.30pm ("due to COVID"). Oh well, more time to drive to our Airbnb. Off we set to Page, Arizona.
    - Cilla
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    Nathan Giordano

    Time lapses make me think of old arcade racing games… https://images.app.goo.gl/KxqJPzLWmnqY2Fz59

    Nathan Giordano

    Love the arches! Easy to imagine them being created by the flood.

    Antonia Giordano

    Epic.

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  • Day13

    Monument Valley

    September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wir sind um ca. 15 Uhr angekommen und haben direkt unsere Offroad Tour durchs Monument Valley für heute auf 16 Uhr anstatt morgen früh gebucht ☺️

    Vor der Tour haben wir noch in unsere Premium Cabin eingecheckt.
    Der Wahnsinn, ich kann’s euch sagen. 😍 😍 😍
    Das ist total verrückt ☺️ Wir sind in einer kleinen Holzhütte mit Terrasse, in der ersten Reihe mit Blick auf das Monument Valley 😁 und die kleinen Hütten sind auch noch super ausgestattet.

    Wir sind beide hin- und weg von dieser Unterkunft.
    Sollten wir diese oder eine ähnliche Tour jemals wieder planen, dann muss diese Hütte unbedingt dabei sein ☺️

    Hier bekommt man auch absolut nichts mit, von dem ganzen Rummel der direkt am View Hotel ist ☺️
    Besser geht es echt nicht mehr.

    OMG 🙈 ich schreibe schon wieder viel zu viel 😂
    Aber vor lauter Begeisterung sprudeln die Worte 😁

    Unsere 2,5 Stunden lange Jeep Tour ist um 16 Uhr gestartet. Auch da hatten wir wieder einmal Glück und haben eine private Tour nur für uns alleine bekommen ☺️

    Es war einfach gigantisch was wir alles gesehen haben. Ich hätte am liebsten viel mehr Fotostopps eingelegt 😍

    Die Fahrt durch tiefen Sand und Schlaglöcher, sodass es einen aus dem Sattel gehoben hat war ziemlich funny 😁

    Ob die Fotos die ich während der Fahrt im Jeep gemacht habe etwas geworden sind, das bezweifle ich sehr stark 😂

    Egal, rechtzeitig vor Sonnenuntergang waren wir am Viewhotel und da konnten wir den berühmten Blick auf die drei Felsen bei bestem Licht fotografieren 😍

    Eins hab ich noch vergessen 😅
    Wir haben heute gelernt was Danke bei den Indianern heißt.

    Besser gesagt, Didi kann es perfekt 😂 er wird es euch bestimmt vorsagen, wenn ihr ihn mal danach fragt 😂😂😂

    AHÉ HÉÉ
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    Hans Peter Weber

    Mawe auch immer dabei😂😂😂

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    Martina Weber

    Boah. Was für ein geiles Bild 😍😍😍

    9/23/19Reply
    Harley Didi

    🤣🤣🤣👍 Jedesmal wenn wir einen gelben Jeep sehen, denken wir an Mawe 🤣🤣

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  • Day3

    Monument Valley

    November 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Stunning location with a circular driving tour around the valley.
    The View Hotel is also excellent with high-quality rooms. The restaurant food is also very good but, if ordering burgers, you need to order one between as they supply two large burgers. The Navajo stew is particularly nice and very healthy as it's made with lots of vegetables.

    NB: There is no mobile signal in Monument Valley but the View Hotel has Wi-Fi.
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  • Day6

    Monument Valley

    February 17, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Weiter gings dann zum Monument Valley.

    Der Temperaturwechsel war wieder von 20 Grad auf 10 Grad. Bin so froh, dass ich mit dem Auto unterwegs bin und mich immer schnell auf das Wetter einstellen kann.

    Auf einer „Dirt Road“ gings dann durch das Valley,
    wieder sehr beeindruckend (ich kanns garnicht anders sagen 😅)

    Wahnsinn ist aber in welche Reservate die Uhreinwohner gesteckg wurden.... dieses hier wurde zusätzlich noch durch den Uranabbau in den 50er Jahren teilweise unnutzbar gemacht...
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  • Day6

    Che tramonto Forrest!

    September 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Riprendiamo la nostra macchina direzione Navajo Nation! È qui nel centro degli States che i Navajo, originari abitanti del cento America, hanno ritagliato un loro spazio, una loro nazione, una loro ora.
    Dopo circa tre ore di macchina raggiungiamo la monument valley, passando per Kayenta, dove passeremo la notte seguente al Wetherill Inn.
    Nel pomeriggio il cielo si fa più nuvoloso, con qualche sporadica pioggia.. ad accoglierci nella monument valley oltre alle famose formazioni rocciose ci sono arcobaleni e cielo variabile, con la luce del sole che si insinua tra gli spazi lasciati dalle nuvole.
    Il giorno seguente visiteremo la monument valley in tutto il suo splendore, per oggi ci limitiamo a raggiungere il punto panoramico principale.
    Decidiamo per finire la giornata di proseguire per una ventina di km in direzione Nord, entrando in Utah e raggiungendo la Forrest Gump Hill, collina diventata celebre con l’omonimo film.
    Il lungo rettilineo con lo sfondo della monument valley al tramonto è incantevole.. scattiamo qualche foto e per non farci mancare nulla facciamo una corsa dietro al nostro Forrest Marta... cappello rosso duff e capelli ricci ricordano veramente il mitico Forrest.
    Giornata indimenticabile, grandi emozioni, luoghi incantevoli e tante tante risate!
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  • Day7

    Monument Valley!

    September 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Dopo la notte a Kayenta torniamo in mattinata nella Monument, il punto più orientale toccato nel nostro on the road! Pagato il biglietto di ingresso della riserva ci addentriamo con il nostro 4x4 nelle strade sabbiose che la attraversano!
    Siamo in un film, di quelli che piacciono al nonno, un ambiente da Western in tutto e per tutto!
    Che meraviglia.
    La valle è immensa e ha monumenti rocciosi su ogni lato, attraversarla è magico e fermarsi a godere dello spettacolo nei vari punti panoramici è sia per me sia per Marta quanto di più emozionante vivremo negli states.
    Sarà il luogo, saranno i colori, sarà il silenzio (rovinato solo dal motore di qualche auto), sarà l’aria che sa di libertà... ma Marta oggi sembra ancora più bella ai miei occhi: “Ti scatto qualche foto!”
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  • Day38

    Day 38 - 2nd Time Had Better Be Lucky

    May 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Predictably had a dreadful night sleep. Last thing I did before going to bed was visit the website for The Boneyard in Tucson. To my horror, the website declared that applications to visit had to be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Oh hell, I had planned to be in Tucson in less than 5 days time & we had to visit The Boneyard as it was Jackie’s perceived highlight of the whole trip.

    Needless to say my mind was whirring, I couldn’t sleep & I commenced replanning the next fortnight of our trip. It was between 2 & 3am when I finally got to sleep, but at least I had a new plan. Luckily I had a lie in until 6.30am when Jackie’s phone started ringing.

    Over breakfast I booked The Boneyard Tour for Friday 14th June & sent our request to be allowed on it. Let’s wait & see. After packing up, we were back on the road by 10am. We took Highway 98 south east for about 70 miles across open plains. At the end of the road we turned north on to Highway 160 for 34 miles & then at Kayenta, north again on Highway 163 for another 25 miles.

    Gone midday we arrived at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park & then our clocks jumped forward an hour because the entrance is on the border back into Utah. We are getting very confused.

    This time we paid our $20 fee & were given a map & told that we could take our car on the 17 mile Valley Drive which was on dirt roads. Thank goodness, it would have been a long way to come to be told we couldn’t do the drive. Jackie wasn’t that fussed about returning anyway, so I dread to think how that conversation went if we didn’t get in.

    Relieved, we parked up at the Visitors Centre, took a few photos of the valley below, then had a look round the Visitors Centre & ended up coming out with a Route 66 T-shirt each! We returned to the car & commenced the Valley Drive.

    I now know why we weren’t allowed to take the RV on the drive. It was a nightmare in places, massive ruts & humps, as well as a road made up of either rock, sand, stones & gravel. It was a real challenge to avoid grounding the car or hitting big chunks of rock littered across the road. Luckily, I had Jackie to advise me of the best route & tell me when she thought I was going to hit something. To make matters worse large 4x4s & tour trucks were hammering along the road throwing up stones & dust despite the speed limit being just 15mph. We prayed we didn’t finish up with loads of damage to the hire car.

    There were 11 official stopping spots along the route. The 1st was for West & East Mitten Butte, which resembled a pair of hands complete with thumbs. The 2nd Elephant Butte took a lot of imagination, in fact it took us a while to work out which ‘Butte’ it was supposed to be!

    Next was Three Sisters, a Catholic Nun facing 2 pupils, then John Ford’s Point, named after the Hollywood Movie Director who made John Wayne famous. As we pulled into the car park, an old ‘duffer’ with a tripod was dithering in my chosen parking space. I got bored waiting for him, so prised the car in beside him. I could see he wasn’t happy. We went off to admire the view & snap a photo or two. We returned & the duffer was just leaving. I started to reverse back, which apparently caused duffer to beep his horn & gesticulate unnecessarily. I was oblivious, but it riled Jackie who mouthed at them to “F-off”, which in turn prompted Duffer’s wife to start shouting at us to “F-off”. This could be an interesting drive!

    There were several other Rock formations to see before we arrived at Totem Pole, a tall stick of rock that looks like it could fall over at any moment. It was there that we saw duffer & his wife again for the first time. He had his tripod out & was photographing plants. We walked past them but they looked the other way.

    The highlight for me was Artist’s Point, which gave a grandstand view of the most spectacular Buttes. Our final stop was at The Thumb, which at a certain angle actually looks like a cowboy boot, before we made the fraught drive back out of the Valley. We think we got out without causing any damage to the car, other than it & us were covered in red dust. Some idiots were driving round in convertibles with the top down & those on tours on open backed trucks were visibly choking from the dust.

    The Valley Drive took over 2 hours & was another unforgettable experience. I am so glad we made the effort to go back. I think I would have so regretted it if we hadn’t. It is truly one of the most iconic American natural wonders. Jackie also really enjoyed it & is glad we came!

    We then hit the road for the 176 mile trek south to Flagstaff, annoyingly passing the Grand Canyon which we plan to visit tomorrow. Arriving at our ‘America’s Best Value Inn’ motel in Flagstaff, just after 6pm Arizona time again. We booked in, then popped out for a cheeky Panda Express. We had one each this time, because we were starving, but won’t be doing that again. We both struggled to eat it, well Jackie did!!

    FITBIT knackered.

    Song of the Day - Hello Hello I’m Back Again by Gary Glitter.

    Bonus Song of the Day :-

    Tower of Strength by The Mission
    Monument by The Sound
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  • Day21

    Die Wüste lebt!

    July 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Hanno schreibt:

    Gestern sind wir früh ins Bett gegangen, da wir früh loswollen: in Süd-Utah ist es im Juli normalerweise heiß. Allerdings ist es bis Mittag zu unserer Freude durch den gestrigen Regen und heutige Bewölkung recht kühl. Unser Weg führt über die Blue Mountains: Hans und ich fahren vor. Bedingungen: optimal! Angefeuchtete Naturwege, kein Staub, ohne Gepäck, bei der kühlen Luft atmet der Boxer gut durch, der neue TKC gript gut: 25 Kilometer reinster Enduro-Genuss! 😄

    Anschließend geht’s fast ausschließlich auf Straße zur Bewunderung der lokalen Erdgeschichte:
    Natural Bridge National Monument, dann in die Canyonlands und ins Monument Valley. Abermals kann ich nur sagen: die Weiten der Landschaften sind absolut beeindruckend. Die Felsformationen sowieso.

    Erwähnenswert ist, dass es in den letzten Tagen in den eigentlich ariden Gebieten stark geregnet hat. Mit den Folgen, dass Straßen zum Teil mit Schlamm überspült wurden. Aber die eigentlich verdorrte Wüste ist erstaunlich grün geworden: Gräser wachsen, Sträucher bilden neue Blätter. Toll.

    Ab Mittag wird’s doch ordentlich heiß. Auch Gewitter sind wieder angesagt, denen wir wieder ausweichen können.

    Zum besseren Verständnis: wir haben ab gestern Abend den TAT für einige Tage (geplant) unterbrochen, um heute und morgen die Canyonlands und übermorgen den White Rim Trail zu befahren. Alle regionalen Parks und National Monuments zu besuchen, wäre sicher schön, zeitlich aber unmöglich.
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  • Day11

    Monument Valley

    June 27, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Wir haben hier eine Jeep-Safari unternommen. Harry, unser Navajo-Führer, hat sich sehr viel Zeit genommen und uns tolle Plätze gezeigt John Wayne sind wir aber nicht begegnet, man glaubt dort aber, dass er jeden Moment um dir nächste Ecke geritten kommt.Read more

    Julia Wohlgut

    Das sieht ja mal richtig cool aus 😎

    6/28/16Reply
    Julia Wohlgut

    Was für eine tolle Landschaft!!!

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  • Day13

    Monument valley

    May 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    On l'a voit de loin sur la route. L'approche est sympas.
    Ici le pass American beatiful ne passe pas. 20 dollars pour rentrer dans la valley.
    Puis petit arrêt au visitor center.
    Bain de soleil sur la terrasse.
    Petit café (chocolat pour simon).
    Petit tour dans la boutique. Et une petite pensee pour mon pere car les stetsons sont la.
    On profite du point de vue avant d'attaquer la valley drive.
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    Jacques Latracol

    Ha! Ces clivages gauche/droite, on n'en sort pas! Heureusement Bayrou veille!

    5/17/19Reply
    BUDIN Pierre

    Comme dans les films

    5/18/19Reply
    BUDIN Nadine

    ils ne perdent pas leur temps !! 20 dollars par personne ou par véhicule ?

    5/18/19Reply
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