Hooray for Hollywood

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
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Trip End Dec 15, 2011


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Martin's mealtime moment:

"And tell me -how do they make blue corn mush?"
"From blue corn sir"
"You mean they have blue corn?"
"Yes they do sir"
"And how do they get blue corn?"
"They grow it sir"
"They grow it?"
"Yes sir"
"What - blue?"
"Yes sir and they also grow yellow and white corn"
"Amazing"

And we haven't even ordered yet.
Well we haven't got the answer to yesterday's question and it seems somewhat irrelevant now.After 24 hours being confused by Mountain time,daylight savings time ,we have reverted to just making the most of daylight.Weather has remained perfect and in fact a little hot.Roger will give the lowdown on our visit to Upper Antelope Canyon but a few memories of today include falling in with a couple of oldies on a fishing trip who were interested in us and the car and we got in to a conversation about our Prime Ministers, their Presidents and all the guff. First inclination from this and others is that nation is a bit disappointed in Obama - perhaps they are disappointed in themselves.So today news of Gaddafi's death - some pretty gory pictures on American TV.And Piers Morgan everywhere.I caught a piece of an interview he had with Bernard/Benjamin /B for something Cain who has come out of nowhere and is second placed candidate for Republican nomination.Black pizza chain entrepeneur (was it George Dubya said the French didn't have a word for it?). Not black pizzas.Anyway old Piers nailed him on a statement he had made on Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange which he then completely contadicted on same day. Was that a mistake on his part? No - he simply mis-spoke.Entirely different .
Ah! the land of the free.






This morning was a more leisurly start, because we had booked tickets for the tour of the Antelope Canyon for 9.30. So breakfast, pack, and then before we loaded the car, Martin wanted to check the oil level in the diff. So everything out of the car, remove the seat belts, the back panels and checck the level. Fine, Out back the panel, the seat belts, all the equipment and then load the car. Now off to the tour.

The tour started by us being loaded onto the back of a smallish truck - 14 tourists sitting back to back. The truck had massive suspension, very high ride and huge tyres. Just the sort of thing we could have done with in Mongolia (and a lot of other places) Either we are in for a very rough ride, or this is a bit of an overkill. Off up the road, then turn off onto the river bed that comprises the route to the canyon. Quite frankly, Stanley could have done the trip with his headlamps covered.
However, the walk through the canyon was really spectacular. Its a crevasse within the rocks that has been eroded by the water over the last ?? many years. They said a million, but they may have exagerrated. The walk is about 200 yards, and the canyon is about 100ft deep approx. The rocks at the side are all shaped by the swirling water, and the colours are worth seeing. Of course, use flash and you lose the colour, dont use flash and there isnt enough light, so many of the photos wont be any good. There were guys there using 30 second exposures, but I dont know how to set that, and I didnt have a tripod.
While everyone was getting back onto the truck for the return journey, I noticed a lizard in the sand, just seconds before he pounced on a fly and caught his meal.  He stopped long enough to pose for me before the rest of them called me to get  on the truck.

Back at Page we got the car ready and set off, via the dam which created Powell lake. Quite impressive, and theres a lot of water for sports enthusiasts to enjoy. Drove a leisurly journey to Kanab, where we are spending the night, and using it as a base for tomorrow. One of the reasons fro picking Kanab was so I could eat at Calvin T's Saloon again (Janet & Gordon will know why!). However, thats for tomorrow.

Of course, on the way was the usaul display of  mountains and stunning scenery.

We ate at Rewind Diner,  a retro Americana place. Martin loved it, typical of the 60's American diner. The local beer comes from Salt Lake City, hundreds of miles away. The beer I chose was "Polygamy Porter" and on the label it says "Why have just one!"



Mileage 96, but that includes the Antelope canyon. Altitude 4937, climbed 4171, max was 5672. just for my records. An easy day.
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sara on

beautiful

the grandhildren on

I good morning gramps.
i- how are you getting on gramps? my cup of tea is far too full
b-hello? how are you gramps? my eating.
i-i want to tell hin that we're going swimming today. what have you got for breakfast this morning gramps? we're having brioche for breakfast.what are you drinking today?
I-ted is a bear gramps, from preschool, we have to carry him, we're going to take him to the zoo. he sleeps in my bed, we have to give him back in a little while (travelling ted has come to stay with us for half term and isaac is so very excited to show him everything he does!)

daniel on

awesome you guys

Jemma on

Wow the scenery is amazing, can't understand why people write off America so quickly.

Polly, Emily and Alison on

Wait til you see our rock formations...to be continued another day.

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