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  • Sep13

    Day 21 (Day 17 Route 66)

    September 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Holbrook AZ (Navajo County Musuem), Geronimo Trading Post AZ, Jack Rabbit Tradding Post AZ, Winslow AZ (Standin on the Corner), Meteor Crater AZ, Flagstaff AZ (Riordan Mansion, Pioneer Musuem, Historic Route 66 District, Lowell Observatory)Read more

  • Day39

    Day 39 - A Rim Evacuation!

    May 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    7.30am alarm woke me up, only for Jackie to tell me she hadn’t slept & would probably be grumpy. At 8.30am we got down to breakfast, which turned out to be much than better & less busy than we had anticipated. The owner/receptionist who had been surly last night & not welcoming enough was this morning cheerful & chatty.

    Over breakfast she asked if we were going to the Grand Canyon National Park. When we said to her we were, she said be careful. She then related a story that 3 days ago, she had a family from Oklahoma staying, they went to the Grand Canyon & the son fell over the edge whilst taking a selfie. He couldn’t be found until the vultures had swarmed all over him & picked the carcass apart. Nice story at breakfast, but a good one.

    We looked it up on google & although we couldn’t find it, there were 3 selfie death falls in the Canyon in just 8 days in April. With this cheery thought, we set off for the Canyon just after 9.00am. We picked up Highway 40 westbound, also considered to be Route 66, to the town of Williams, then turned north on Arizona 64 towards the Grand Canyon.

    We had gone through rain, but we arrived at the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park 🏞 in sunshine. Instead of the $35 fee we flashed the National Park Pass & headed in. We parked up in the Visitors Centre’s car park & went in to the centre, where there were exhibits celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary. After, we took our 1st proper look at the Canyon at Mather Point. It was possibly more impressive than I remembered it.

    After the usual photos, we took the unusual step of taking advantage of the free shuttle buses, mainly because they weren’t busy. We got in the short bus queue & I spoke to the park ranger who gave us some advice to make the most of our visit. As a result, we got on & got off at the Train Depot. Here was the station for the classic Grand Canyon Trains.

    After admiring them, we walked up to the El Tovar Hotel, then followed the south rim westwards to the start of the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail is a narrow path that clings to the side of the Canyon & goes all the way down to the bottom. Surely we couldn’t come all this way & not trek the Bright Angel Trail. We couldn’t, so commenced our descent down into the Canyon. Well actually we walked 10 minutes down to the ‘Upper Tunnel’, then turned round & went back up.

    We walked a short distance to catch the Hermit’s Rest Route (Red) Shuttle Bus. We got off at the 1st stop, Trailview Overlook. Whilst at the Overlook, we became aware that the sky was turning black & there was thunder & lightning in the distance. We caught the next bus to the next stop, Maricopa Point, where I got up to get out, but Jackie dithered, saying she didn’t like the look of the weather.

    Annoyed I sat back down, but then the driver spoke over the intercom, warning people of what to do in the event of lightning. No sooner than he said this, we were suddenly pelted with large hailstones that were blowing in all directions. Jackie didn’t mention that if I had had my way we would be stuck in the middle of this. Then the lightning started & the driver announced the South Rim was now being evacuated.

    Our bus was filled to brimming, then we moved off through the now hailstone covered roads. What was strange we left about a dozen people at the stop, who took refuge under a tree, totally contrary to his lightning advice!

    After 2 different bus rides, we returned to our hailstone covered car & had some crisps & cake. During our lunch the sun came out, so we decided to give the Hermit’s Rest Route another go. This time we drove nearer to the bus stop & incredibly for us, found a parking space nearby. We then re-continued a bus route, stopping for photos at Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, The Abyss, Monument Creek Vista, Pima Point & Hermits Rest.

    As we were nearing the final leg to Hermit’s Rest, the bus driver implored us that we walk along a tarmac Rim path back to Pima Point, which was only 1 mile long. I tried to bribe Jackie to do so by offering to buy her a silver ring. She didn’t want one, but she under sufferance agreed to the 1 mile trek. At the end we just missed a bus which didn’t help Jackie’s mood.

    We returned to our car & drove out on Arizona 64 to Desert View & the Historic Watchtower. We did stop at other Overlooks, but I just jumped of the car took a quick photo & jumped back in. We left the Canyon via the East entrance, drove to Cameron, then South back on Highway 89 to Flagstaff.

    It was gone 8.00pm, when we arrived back at the motel & didn’t feel like going out for a meal. We made do with cheese, crisps & cereal. As well as beer & wine.

    Jackie is now Canyon’d out, but I loved the Grand Canyon. I might have to admit that it is the best park. The sheer enormity & splendour are breathtaking, but what really does it for me is because of it’s size, it didn’t feel at all crowded. Also there was a lot of fencing that allowed you to get right up to the edge & it has proper wildlife, Elk.

    FITBIT still knackered.

    Song of the Day - Hail Rain or Sunshine by The Script.
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    Angela Bambridge

    Fab photos! Those people on the edge made my stomach churn - craziness!! xx

    5/31/19Reply
    Simon and Jackie Annals

    That idiot just standing up had originally been sat with his legs over the edge.

    6/1/19Reply
     
  • Day40

    Day 40 - Standin' on the Corner

    May 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Jackie has never been a fan of petrification, so this afternoons adventures were going to be a hard sell. Luckily we both had a good nights sleep, despite trains running all night on the Santa Fe railroad just the outside our motel.

    At breakfast, a man was in reception & he confirmed that they had had guests stay, now 4 days ago, who lost their son over the edge at the Grand Canyon. I told him I couldn’t find it on the internet & he told us that apparently the fall wasn’t witnessed so it is not reported. Sounds like a good place to me to push someone the edge!

    We needed to spend a further night in Flagstaff, so after breakfast we spent some time on Booking.com (& other hotel websites) & booked a night in a Super 8 motel on the outskirts of town. We then headed out east on Highway 40 for 30 odd miles, passing the towns of Two Arrows & the Ghost Town Two Guns, before turning off towards Meteor Crater Natural Landmark.

    We went to the Visitors Centre & gulped at the admission charge of $18, but swallowed it & in fact paid an extra $4 for the 4D immersion ride Collision Experience. Our first port of call was the 4D Collision Experience which was a bit tame & aimed more for kids, but it was good fun. Bizarrely, the pilot, who crashed, was a cartoon rabbit called Jackie!

    We then watched a 10 minute movie on the history of the Meteor Crater. We then joined Shawn who was our tour guide & took us out on the Crater Rim. The tour was extremely informative, amusing & well presented. It was definitely worth the admission fee. At the conclusion of the tour, we visited the Museum & went to several viewing points. Our visit lasted over 2 hours.

    We learnt lots of facts, way too many to list, but the absolute basics are:-

    50,000 years ago, a Meteorite measuring just 150 feet across hit earth at 26,000 miles per hour. The iron-nickel Meteorite weighed several hundred thousand tons & struck the rocky Arizona plain with a force greater than 20 million tons of TNT. The impact within seconds created the Crater which measures 700 feet deep & over 4000 feet across. It is the best preserved Meteor impact site on earth.

    In the museum, they have The Holsinger Meteorite, which is the largest found chunk of the Meteorite that created the Crater. It is just a couple of feet in diameter, but weighs an incredible 1440 pounds. It sits on a plinth without any securing, despite it being worth a fortune. Shawn told us it’s current value, although we have forgotten. It was either $8 million, $80 million or $800 million.

    During the visit to Meteor Crater, we heard a woman saying how fantastic Petrified Forest was. Oh, Jackie may enjoy it after all!!

    Next, we drove to Winslow to look & photo the statues & mural at Standin’ on the Corner Park. It commemorates the song lyric “Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me."

    I forgot to mention - after starting to leave, I suddenly realised I needed a photo from a different angle. I jumped out of the car, then realised the car was driving down the road. I jumped back in to discover I had left the car in ‘Drive’ & the handbrake off. The scariest thing about it was, Jackie was looking at something on her phone & didn’t even notice.

    We then stopped at a petrol station in Winslow. Jackie left me to fill up with fuel, whilst she inexplicably bought a hotdog. Whilst filling up, I cleaned the car windows, but managed to make them dirtier. After eating the hotdog, we hit the road again only for me to realise I somehow had managed to fail to put any fuel in it. Clever trick.

    We then drove the 50 odd miles to the Petrified Forest National Perk, passing through Holbrook, with several iconic Route 66 locations, including Wigwam Motel, which has a classic car outside each wigwam.

    Finally we arrived at Jackie’s highlight of the day, Petrified Forest NP. It was $20 entry fee, but not for us. We stopped at the Visitors Centre (for a wee), then took a (very) short walk through the Giant Logs in Rainbow Forest. If I haven’t made it clear, a Petrified Forest is where the trees have over time turned to rocks. For Jackie, it is just a load of rocks that look like logs or logs that look like rocks.

    The Petrified Forest NP is a 28 mile scenic drive from one end to the other. To be fair, Scenic is pushing it. We stopped at Crystal Forest, but declined to take the .75 mile trail. We continued to Jasper Forest & Agate Bridge, more trees turned to rock.

    Next was Blue Mesa, which we both walked half a mile to view. It was at this point that Jackie declared that the landscape looked like a slag heap at a quarry or a landfill site. I couldn’t disagree, it was lots of grey mounds. We stopped at Newspaper Rock, some writing on a rock.

    We stopped for several more views, before ending with a rusty old car to commemorate Route 66, then the Painted Desert. Pinky coloured sand. Allegedly the Petrified Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world to see the fossil record from the Late Triassic Period!

    So Jackie’s verdict - “It was sh*t & a waste of petrol“.

    For me, “I’m just glad we didn’t have to pay to get in”, but at least we’ve been & I can tell people “It’s sh*t”.

    We then commenced the 90 plus minute drive back to Flagstaff. We arrived at our new motel, Super 8, which was a pleasant surprise. We have a nice big room with all mod cons. Jackie who was worried about the accommodation is now happy to stay somewhere if it is ‘Super’.

    After checking in we got some booze & fruit from Safeway & returned to our room. We decided we fancied a steak at Sizzlers about 200 metres away, then as a bonus discovered that we had a 15% discount for their. Result!

    We went to Sizzlers, where you order what you want at the till, then sit down & wait for it. We both ordered steak with unlimited salad. We both had a huge pile of salad that was to die for, before our dinner & had a second plate ready for our steaks. It was a great meal, albeit we both ate too much.

    What FITBIT?

    Song of the Day - Take It Easy by The Eagles.
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  • Day11

    Lake Havasu to Flagstaff & Inara's bday

    April 14, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Lake Havasu was beautiful and we wished we had more time here. We are so glad we called it and left windy Joshua Tree and was spontaneous to drive here. In the morning we left our hotel "Island Inn Hotel" and adventured out to the 2nd most popular tourist attraction in Arizona.

    In the morning we went down to the famous London Bridge. In 1967 the London Bridge in London, England decides to sell its bridge as it needed to be replaced and this oil guy decided to buy the bridge and put it across the man made Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu is a man made Lake and is a reservoir for the Colorado River.

    We had a nice walk along the channel. Inara greeted many dogs and Brandon enjoyed running. Inara even dipped her feet in the cold brisk lake. There were people out on boats and jet skis, running, walking dog's and enjoying the area. It would be such a great place to relax for a few days.

    We could have stayed all day but we needed to meet Elisa's mom at the Flagstaff airport at 3pm and had to check in to the motel before that so there would be room in the car for her.

    We had a 3 hour drive to Flagstaff. Arizona is a beautiful country with such different landscapes. The kids did great in the car as usual. The roads had Dips and the kids loves them as we made it feel like we were on roller coasters.

    For the next 4 days we are staying at Highland country Inn. We choose not to camp as its Spring and the weather is inconsistent and can be very cold. Flagstaff has an altitude of 6910 feet (2106 m), which is the 9th highest city in the US.

    We picked up grandma at the airport and we were given rooms adjoining each other which worked out very well.

    That night, as Inara turned 2, we celebrated at Black Barts Steakhouse and listened to the wait staff sing show tunes and sing along songs. It was a fun night.
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    American Experience

    What beautiful singing. She looks chuffed

    4/18/18Reply
    Bruce Pearce

    She looks terrific and blow the candle out first go WELL DOWN INARA

    4/18/18Reply
     
  • Day30

    Sjette dag på Route 66 9/8

    August 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Vi startede dagen med at køre til Red rock State park, hvor der i anden uge af august skulle være noget rodeo og dans osv. Vi kom derud og der var stort set ingen mennesker. Vi gik ud mod den store bygning, her mødte vi en sikkerhedsvagt, hvor jeg spurgte hvordan man kunne se parken. Svaret lød at parken var lukket og dans, rodeo osv. åbnede først i morgen!!

    Vi gik ud i bilen og bestemte os hurtigt for at køre i den forstenede skov, som ligger længere vest på. På vejen krydsede vi grænsen til Arizona, hvor vi skiftede tidszone, så nu er vi 9 timer bagud. Det var også den sidste tidszone vi kommer i gennem. I Arizona var der rigtig mange indianer butikker og reklamer for dem langs I-40, som er den motorvej vi kører på. Vi holdte ind lige efter grænsen for at indhente lidt brochurer og kigge lidt. Deres ler ting var en del billigere end i New Mexico, så jeg købte en vase og Louise købte en lille vase/skål.
    Vi fik også købt Fry Bread til vores tur i skoven.

    Vi kom frem til den forstenede skov og forventede at vi skulle gå rundt i den, men man kører rundt til forskellige stop og stiger ud for at tage billeder og kører igen. Typisk amerikansk. Vi blev lidt dovne af det, for man orkede ikke at stige ud hver gang. 😃
    Den forstenede skov var blandet med den farvede ørken(painted dessert). Det var super flot. Se gerne billeder for neden. Vi brugte omkring 4 timer derinde. Det er utroligt hvad naturen kan skabe. Vi kom også forbi Blue Mesa, hvor bjergene har farver i lag, hvilket det har fået af vand og vejr. De forskellige og bruges til at bestemme stenens alder og fx hvor langt vandet har gået op.
    Agate Bridge var en 34 meter lang træstamme, som lå på tværs mellem to klipper. Det var vandet som havde båret den der hen og med en blandet af vand, vulkan støv og 300 millioner år er den nu forstenet.
    Vi gik en tur i Crystal forrest, hvor vi så en hel del forstenet træ. Det var så surrealistisk. Det lignede træ, men mærkes som sten. Det har været en rigtig skov for mange millioner år siden. Man kan sammenligne det med regnskoven i Costa Rica, men da kontinenterne flød fra hinanden er den nu forstenet, da den ligger på en hel anden breddegrad.

    Omkring kl. 16 var vi ude af skoven. Vi nåede ikke at se det sidste sted fordi det regnede. Vi kørte en 1,5 time til Flagstaff, hvor vi kom ind forbi et meteor krater. Man kunne desværre ikke bare køre forbi, som vi havde håbet, så vi kørte ud på motorvejen igen. Vi rundede og et turistkontor, som var meget forladt. Da vi havde stået der i ca 5 minutter kom der en ældre dame og gav os lidt forslag til hvad man kunne i området. Vi fik en masse brochurer og tog så afsted igen.

    Vi havde vores lille hotel kupon hæfte med, men efter at have tjekket 5 hoteller og ingen havde nogle kupon værelser ledige tog vi en anden og her fik jeg presset ham ned til vores budget på 60$.
    Vi fik nøglen og kørte ud for at finde noget mad. I en af brochurerne fandt vi Country House restaurant, hvor jeg fik frugtsalat. Jeg var ikke rigtig sulten. Louise fik en taco salat.

    Vi brugte derefter 3 timer på research om Grand Canyon og de næste par dage. I morgen står den vidst på badeland og tidligt i seng, så vi kan se solopgangen i Grand Canyon.
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    Er da slet ikke misundelig på alt det i oplever dejlige beskrivelse ha det godt

    8/10/16Reply
    Johannes Barnkob

    Den købte du forhåbentlig ikke 😜

    8/10/16Reply
    Charlotte Ranegaard

    Hehe :) Jeg skal nok komme hjem og vise endnu flere billeder, så du kan blive mere misundelig 😃

    8/10/16Reply
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  • Day330

    Flagstaff, USA

    July 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Juhuuu wir sind in der Grand Canyon Gegend angekommen. Darauf habe ich (Eva) mich besonders gefreut, weil ich da schon immer einmal hin wollte.

    Am ersten Tag fuhren wir ganze 4 Stunden, um den schönen Ausblick auf das bekannte Horseshoe Bend des Colorado Rivers zu blicken. Als wir uns die Schleife anschauten, in der der der Colorado River durch fließt, wussten wir sofort wieso dieser Abschnitt 'Pferdehufeisen' heißt.

    Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir in den Grand Canyon Nationalpark (South Rim). 6:00 morgens klingelte unser Wecker, da wir zuerst noch 2 Stunden in den Park fahren mussten. Diese zwei Stunden waren der Horror, wir hatten stark mit unserer Müdigkeit zu kämpfen, da wir die letzten Tage viel Auto gefahren sind und zusätzlich immer wieder Sehenswürdigkeiten angeschaut haben.

    Wir waren aber stark und kaum im Park angekommen, gaben uns die wunderschönen Ausblicke auf den Grand Canyon wieder viel Energie und wieder einmal wussten wir wieso wir das alles auf uns nehmen ✌.

    6 Stunden lang haben wir verschiedene Aussichtspunkte erkundet und der Blick auf diesen unendlich langen und großen Canyon war einfach beeindruckend und atemberaubend.

    Neben uns tummelten sich noch viele weitere Touristen an den Aussichtspunkten herum. Für uns ist es auch immer witzig andere Österreicher unter der Touristenmasse zu hören 😊.
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    christina Flatz

    Oh der Elch hat sich nicht einmal um Euch gekümmert toll.

    8/5/17Reply
    christina Flatz

    Hallo Eva Innehalten und die Welt betrachten.

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  • Day7

    Flagstaff / Sedona

    April 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Nach 2 Nächten am Grand Canyon ging es weiter nach Flagstaff 😊 Ein kleines Städtchen mit vielen Bars und Irish Pubs 😅

    Da es hier aber nicht so viel zu sehen gibt, ging es für einen Tag nach Sedona. Wirklich schöne Natur und riesige Canyons! 🙈Read more

    Christian Deu

    Just showing around!

    4/23/17Reply

    Wow That Looks Amazing!

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  • Day24

    Ich will Elchies sehen!

    October 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Für einen weiteren Tag am Grand Canyon beschlossen wir mal ein bisschen die Schlucht hinunter zu wandern. Also besuchten wir erst den Mather Viewpoint am Visitor Center und wanderten dann den South Kaibab Trail zum Ooh Aah Point. Die hirschartigen Tiere, die wir unterwegs trafen, sind übrigens keine Elche, sondern Rothirsche, die von den Amis aber kluger Weise „Elks“ genannt werden, um Verwirrung zu stiften und Diskussionen anzuregen. Nachdem wir wieder hochgeklettert waren, fuhren wir zum Desert View und den dort erbauten Watchtower. Damit verabschiedeten wir uns vom „großen Loch“ und fuhren aus dem Nationalpark raus.Read more

    Mabare

    Also dieser Weg ist perfekt für den nächsten Familien Wandertag. Jörg, Danny wann wollen wir los?😍

    10/24/18Reply
    Mabare

    Oooh, ihr seid ja echt im wilden Westen😍

    10/24/18Reply
    Jörg Maibuhr

    Was siehst du denn da? Etwa einen großen Gräben

    10/24/18Reply
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  • Day24

    Kleiner Umweg

    October 23, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Vom Grand Canyon führte unser Weg südlich am Little Colorado River vorbei nach Flagstaff. Hier müssen wir nämlich morgen Kalli abliefern, der uns schon verlassen will. Deshalb haben wir uns zur Feier des Tages ein Abendessen im Steakhouse gegönnt.Read more

    Jörg Maibuhr

    Was Wasser alles so anrichten kann

    10/24/18Reply
    Rosemarie Bastian

    Immer wieder bombastisch

    10/24/18Reply
    Rosemarie Bastian

    Bay,bay Kalli und wer gibt jetzt acht auf die Mädels?

    10/24/18Reply
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  • Day11

    Tag 10: Tschüss LA, Hallo Nationalparks

    August 31, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Heute haben wir die Millionenstadt Los Angeles hinter uns gelassen und uns auf den Weg in Richtung Nationalparks gemacht.

    Unser Ziel: Flagstaff in Arizona.
    Die Entfernung: 768 Kilometer.
    Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Stunden

    Die Fahrt entlang der Interstate 40 zieht sich zwar unglaublich lange, ist aber dafür auch sehr beeindruckend. Karge Landschaften mit schroffen Felsen, Klapperschlangen und 44 Grad Celsius entlang der Mojave Wüste zum einen und saftige grüne Landschaften, je näher man in Richtung Colorado River und Grand Canyon kommt. Einfach beeindruckend, wie vielseitig die USA sind.

    Ein kurzer Zwischenstopp in Seligman, an der legendären Route 66 (inklusive kleinem Imbiss im historischen Delgadillos Snow Cap Diner) durfte natürlich nicht fehlen.
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    Karoline Bitschi

    Habt ihr auch eine Klapperschlange gesehen???

    9/5/18Reply
     

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