Briar Patch Inn
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... purposes. Also, this tree produced pine nuts, which have more protein than meat. Combined with the yucca root, and the early cultivation of "three sisters" plants -- beans, squash and corn -- the native folks ate off the land fairly well as hunter/gatherers. John encouraged us to go to Desert View and to take a hike on the South Kaibab trail before we left him back at the bike rental shop. His tour really helped us to get a larger feel for the park and its incredible ...
... she then tells me very firmly, "I am not buying anything else, Alison, you must stop me."
the he drive from there on the I17 North was a pleasure, snaking round and up and through mountains, as we left cactus land behind and climbed back into the hills, past the Black Canyon and Montezuma country. Lovely.
Our petrol stop was just off the highway, in Montezuma country, where we once more faced this odd situation of encoding beforehand how much petrol we were going to ...
... healing.) Apparently, the earth's crust is normally 50 miles thick before you hit lava, but here it is only 15 miles thick, hence closer to the swirling lava and negative ions (which cause a state of positiveness).
Sedona has some interesting rules - no buildings over 2 stories, and all buildings must be painted in the natural Sedona colors (muted oranges, light green, tan, etc). They have no big box stores, and tons of thrift and consignment stores ...
... are going to drive to Grand Canyon National Park and start, this way, the route that will take us to Yosemite too. No rush. Before entering the state of Arizona (capital Phoenix) we saw Hoover damn, that when it was built, it created the biggest man-made lake Meade. The electricity generated by the damn is the main supplier of power to Las Vegas.
As we are driving towards Grand Canyon Village and the desert ...
... caffeine intake. At one point Micah said to try some Vitamins that were '100% pure energy' - I fell asleep again instantly!
So yeh, Death Valley was pretty much as you would expect - very sparse, very hot and very barren! It has quite a lot of elevation changes aswell, going from about 2000m down to below sea level. Some absolute mentalists do endurance races through there once a year. Even for me, those people are absolutely bonkers. We decided to blindly do a 10 mile return ...