Day of Driving

Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Sunday, July 24, 2011

We woke up, maybe not quite as early as we could have, but we packed up the car quickly and headed on our way, and that's just gonna be good enough. We checked out of our hotel and drove toward the Canyon, trying to see if there was anything left there for us to do. Conveniently the drive through the park at the South Rim along the Canyon's edge would bring us toward our return to Utah. Without unnecessary Visitor Center stops we cruised along the Rim's edge, stopping every once in a while to snap another couple of pictures. The Canyon is vast and deep and you can see along its length for miles. Honestly, what this means is that when you stop at a new Vantage View-Point it is pretty similar to what you looked at last time, in fact you could probably see what you are seeing now, from where you last stopped. Yep, Canyon is Canyon. Most of the ridge didn't look too different from what we saw yesterday, even with stopping at new places and going down new paths.
So we cruised happily through the last of the park, catching glimpses of cliff and bluff out of the corners of our car windows as we met back up with the high way that would lead us back to Utah. Soon we were back to familiar territory and on the same road we took to get us to the Grand Canyon in the first place. At this rate we would make it back to Moab before dinner time.

On our way in to Flagstaff we noticed some interesting graffiti along the highway. Among the other spots of spray painted profanity we noticed large, black and white images plastered on flat surfaces. They were easy to spot and they showed up again and again every 15 or 20 miles along the route on abandoned buildings and derelict sheds. Most of the images were Native American faces, young and old, happy and sad. There were also some dog and sheep images on smaller structures where there was less room to be dramatic.
One of the reasons that they were so easy to spot is that they were pretty huge, a single image could easily take up an entire wall, stretching from corner to corner and ground to ceiling. Impressive. My guess would be that they are printed on some kind of paper and then stuck onto the wall. And these things were everywhere, simply everywhere. We saw at least a dozen structures that had images on them on the way down the Flagstaff and on the way back up to Moab we saw even more. They were so spread out we would drive for a half an hour and then spot another one.
I talked Luke into stopping the car at one of these structures and we were able to find a completely obliterated building that had five of these images on the various crumbling walls. I circled around the grit and rubble, snapping pictures of marked cinder blocks against the cobalt blue, afternoon sky. The roof of the building was no longer intact and doors and windows were missing on all sides. I walked in and around the structure, impressed by the damage and the art that was inside.

We carried on toward Moab, checking back into the same hotel we had been in before. This time we were given a larger suite for the same price (sweet!) and we set to unpacking... again. This time we are going to be staying in Utah for a few days so it's worth it to make ourselves comfortable. We went back to Eddie McStiff's for dinner, knowing that it's pretty decent food at a pretty reasonable price. I had Falacos, they're falafel tacos. Weird but tasty, which makes it right up my alley.
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Luke on

And don't forget that it was on the way back to Moab that I got your car stuck in that fine fine desert sand while you snapping photos of derelict buildings. Given how far away we were from...well...anything, I'm glad that the Yaris was light enough for one person to push out.

beckiablaze on

Yeah, I was about to blog about it but decided to leave it out. Sorry I made us stop in a place where we got stuck.

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