Trip Start May 08, 2006
48Trip End May 06, 2007
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I never knew it living in Salisbury, but I am a country bumpkin through and through. My original plans to live and work in London when I get back are beginning to wane slightly, although you can be sure that I won't be basing myself in Smallsbury.
Unfortunately, due to a rock-slide blocking the main road into the park the 30 minute journey took closer to 3 hours. There wasn't a lot to see at first although where there was an occasional gap in the trees, mountains and valleys provided a tantalising glimpse of what was to come. No picture could have prepared me for the view as we rounded another corner. Mouths all over the bus were gaping wide as a huge sheer cliff of granite rock came into view, changing colour from white to silver to grey as it shimmered in the sun. Two climbers sitting over the aisle from me looked at it as if to say "What the *!@# are we thinking". It would take them 3 days to climb it. Opposite it, another came into view not as tall, but equally as impressive as the first. I could now clearly see the valley - ripped out of solid stone by a glacier of immense proportions, hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Thanks to the rock-slide I only had 5 hours to explore so after finding the visitors centre, map in hand, I proceeded to Vernal Falls, which turned out to be considerably less impressive than the surroundings leading to it (hence the lack of a picture of it). After that I proceeded to the Mirror Lakes which provided plenty of stunning vistas. The weather was beautiful, the views were breathtaking and, on the Mirror Lakes trail at least, the tourists were scarce.
One day I shall return, camping in the park and spending many happy hours hiking up steep trails, but I hope that by that time they will have banned the use of cars and made everybody ride bikes. Oh how I will laugh at the Big Mac chomping, monster truck driving fools then *evil laughter*.
Right now, as I sit in Flagstaff listening to Hope of the States I am looking forward to San Diego and the gorgeous beaches associated with it. I'll try and get the Grand Canyon review up soon but I've had writers block the past few days (just like a real pro) so I'm not promising anything. Until then...
Where I stayed