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Utah Rocks!

Zion Park, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon

After the hedonism of Vegas it was time for the anti-hedonist Utah. After a quick detour to see the Hoover Dam and a quick milkshake stop we headed North to witness the deserts and rock formations of Zion park and Monument Valley. The scenery through here is ridiculous, which was handy as we needed something to keep us interested as we gradually lost the signal of all our favourite country radio stations. Eventually there was only one station receivable - and it was God FM, playing only praise music and preaching the importance of evangelism. Coincidence??? Makes you wonder...
Anyway - the drive through Zion was breathtaking. Here's what it was like.

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I thought that would be the highlight of the day, until we hit Monument Valley. We took a 4x4 tour round the dirt tracks as off roading is not really what the 'stang was designed for (after assuring her it wasn't her fault and we'd be back soon, and that we'd be thinking of her the whole time).
What a place. Our official Navajo guide wasn't that much use and just enjoyed telling us what the rocks kind of looked like. This was a bit tedious, until he showed us the dragon...

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It actually does look like a dragon.
Anyway, this has got to be the most spectacular place I've been, and I think these might be my favourite views ever.

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Leaving Monument Valley with a big smile, and after a quick milkshake stop, the God FM talk-show host brilliantly let us and the world know the solution to the worrying problem of the increase in date-rape at US college fraternities - simply stop sending your daughters to college. Genius.
Next was the Grand Canyon. I wasn't sure what to expect here, and I was a bit worried that the GC would be a bit overhyped and dissapointing. I needn't have worried - it really is quite grand. The scale of the place is pretty awe inspiring and it definitely should be seen. I'm sure you've seen photos of it before but here's my favourite one anyway.

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The last 2 days since Vegas had been breathtaking, probably the best views I've ever seen, and I'm so glad we came here. But I had to agree with Jamie as he said leaving the GC:
"I've probably had enough of rocks for a while now."

Posted by Matt Cocken 02:45 Archived in USA Tagged grand_canyon utah monument_valley

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