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... nothing but sand and rock for miles and miles, perhaps because it's so opposite from England and New York where we come from. Just before the CA/NV border we stopped in Baker - a small little town that seems to exist as a road side service stop but home to the World's Largest Thermometer. They recently restored it and it's worth a quick stop to take a photo.
We drove past Vegas by lunch time, familiar hotels popping up as we drove pass The Strip from ...
... are no towns out there. And by the way... there is a huge hill to climb first just to get out of Hurricane, and... it will be dark in half an hour. How fast can you go on that thing?" she questioned while driving the point home.
She spoke with such genuine concern that I now find myself writing after midnight from the Willow Wind Campground, just a few blocks from McDonald's. The nice woman made me quit for the night.
... above over three days.
Zion is a huge canyon with steep sides and a winding river running along the bottom - much like the Grand Canyon further to the south but not as long. breathtaking in its scale, it makes you feel very small.
Bryce is where you find bizarre sandstone sculptures known as hoodoos. The high side of the canyon that you travel along reaches a peak in height of around 9600ft above sea level - ...
... day. Obviously, a lot had changed in almost 20 years in the Bronx. But, it was crazy to think I was in the Bronx all those years later. Still looked NOTHING like small-town IL.
I did eventually finish the race. But, the Easter Bunny did pass me at mile 24. Not making that up....some guy in an Easter Bunny outfit passed me with some website written on the back. Let me tell you - non-Easter thoughts ...
or "Water Rocks!"
I'm sure words and pictures can not do Zion justice, but here they are anyway:
A long long long long long long long time ago, this area of Utah was sandy desert, The winds blew the sand into large dunes, and over time the layers were compacted. Geological processes pushed what is now called the Colorado Plateau up to altitudes of up to 7000' (~2 km) or so (mountain peaks in the area were raised ...