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My trip to Western USA and Canada (July to August 2013)

It begins.. sort of!

Place London
10/07/2013
The tour begins here.  I am sitting in a small guest house, a mile from Heathrow, about to get some sleep before a (very) long day tomorrow.  My alarm is set for 4am, and I won’t arrive in my hotel until around 1am BST, which is 5pm PDT.  Hopefully I will be able to snooze a bit on the plane.. It feels very strange to be sitting here: the trip ..

The Journey

Places London Nevada
12/07/2013
Today was one of the longest and most full-on days of my life!  I got up at 4am BST, having hardly slept due to a) extreme heat and stuffiness in the room, b) noisy neighbours, but mostly c) excitement. I then decided I didn’t want to pay for a taxi, so walked to Heathrow, and got lost in the road system, because pedestrians aren’t allowed t..

Around Vegas on a Bus

Place Nevada
12/07/2013
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So far today I have taken six buses up and down Las Vegas Boulevard (the centre of which is the Strip).  When visiting a city I don’t know, I like to see them by bus as you cover a lot of ground without having to walk miles and miles (I must have covered 30 miles today)—especially in the afternoon heat, which is currently in the mid-30s, but in th..

Neon Las Vegas

Place Nevada
13/07/2013
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Last night I decided to do the ‘Fremont Street Experience’.  However on a whim I decided first to take ( another ) bus ride back down to The Strip, to see the sights as they are meant to be seen: at night.  It was absolutely heaving with people, and utterly breathless (high 30s).  But it was properly spectacular. [gallery ids=”169,146,148,147,1..

Grand Canyon - Part 1

Places Arizona Nevada
13/07/2013
This morning’s helicopter flight into the Grand Canyon was without doubt one of the best and most breathtaking experiences of my life. I was collected from my hotel after checking out, by a stretch limo (all part of the experience), which then picked up various other people from their hotels, before taking us all to the Sundance Helicopter HQ a..

Motel and Mustang

Place Utah
14/07/2013
The Dixie Palms motel in St George is where I spent last night.  It is a comfortable sort of place, with only a couple of dozen rooms.  But the big boon is it has a fridge, so I have chilled my enourmous five litre bottle of water and stored it safely in my cool bag.. Not sure how long it’ll last being cold, but every little helps. After I a..

Grand Monsoon

Places Arizona Utah
14/07/2013
Well I have arrived at my cabin at the Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim).  I had a great trip to Zion National Park (Utah) on the way here, and took some wonderful photos that I would love to post right now - except I can’t. There is no mobile phone signal down here (of course), and the free Wifi is pretty bad, probably because everyone is current..

Zion National Park

Place Utah
15/07/2013
Zion National Park was only really a stop-off point on my way from St George to the Grand Canyon North Rim.  However, I wish I had booked myself in to stay there instead of in St George—it was only an hour’s drive further on, and would have given me a lot more time to explore a beautiful and striking park. Here are a few pictures from my journe..

Grand Rainbow & Sunrise

Place Arizona
15/07/2013
After being trapped at the campground store during the incredible monsoon , on my drive back to the Lodge I saw what I should have expected.. an enormous rainbow, which started and ended in the Canyon itself.  I stopped off along the road to take a photograph of the start of the bow, and then hot-footed it back to the Lodge (it was still rainin..

Canyon to Canyon

After getting up early for the sun rise, I decided I had time to go out of my way and drive to Cape Royal, 20 miles out of the way on mountain roads.  It was recommended in the guidebook as having stunning views of the Canyon—and it truly did.  The road itself through the forest was lots of fun, with switchbacks, and not too many good views to dis..