Day 7 - Kanab - Utah
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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Here's a little sample of who and what has been filmed in or around Kanab ...
1938 - The Lone Ranger (Lee Powell, Chief Thundercloud)
1941 - Billy the Kid (Robert Taylor)
1943 - The Desparadoes (Randolph Scott, Glenn Ford)
1943 - My Friend Flicka (Roddy McDowell)
1944 - Buffalo Bill (Maureen O'Hara, Joel McCrea)
1953 - Pony Express (Charlton Heston)
1956 - The Lone Ranger (again) (Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels)
1956 - The Rainmaker (Katherine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster)
1961 - The Misfits (Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift)
1965 - The Greatest Story Ever Told (Charlton Heston, John Wayne)
1968 - Planet of the Apes (Charlton Heston)
1977 - The Exorcist (Linda Blair)
1991 - Point Break (Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves)
1994 - Maverick (Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson)
1996 - Broken Arrow (John Travolta, Christian Slater)
2001 - Planet of the Apes (again) (Mark Walhberg, Tim Roth)
And the list goes on and on
Quite amazing I thought, and despite all the Hollywood attention over the years it remains a really lovely little country town. It used to claim only one traffic light, but there's two now, a second one went in not so long ago (local timing).
Just outside Kanab are the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, 1200 acres of pinkish sand dunes that occurred naturally due to wind tunnels between the mountains and cliffs breaking down the Navajo sandstone. You'll see in the pics this unique spot has also attracted movie attention with the Arabian Nights and Ali Baba being filmed here.
But movies aside this would be an awesome place for a childhood family vacation as anyone can access any of the dunes on any off-road vehicle and seemingly without any age restrictions.
It's RV city here and they've all got OHVs behind them (in Australian language that's caravans towing motorbikes, quadbikes and beach buggies) to use on the dunes - awesome! I saw a kid about 10 years old strapping on his helmet and heading out on a quad bike, then two young teenage girls (about Georgia and Lucinda's age) driving an open top beach buggy, and of course of bucket loads of dads out there tearing it up on anything they can get their hands on. What a cool family holiday!
P.S. Carola their Levi's are cheaper here than the Vegas outlets, but they didn't have the lovely coloured ones you bought, they did however have long leg length ones for me, yah! I knew I was right to wait. Chris you were soooo right about how cheap they are here - $35.00 a pair!!!!