Our first stop today was at the Four Corners monument where four US States meet at one intersection and it is possible to be in all of them at the same time by standing in two and reaching down and touching the others.
From Four Corners we drove to Monument Valley which was everything that I expected it to be and there was a magnificent view from the visitor centre across the whole of the valley.
What followed next was another highlight of the holiday when Richard and I left the coach to go on an optional small plane journey for a flight from Monument Valley all the way down the Grand Canyon.
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Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Eventually in the late afternoon we landed at Grand Canyon Village which is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, right in the national park, and whose only real function is to accommodate visiting tourists. Its origins trace back to the railroad built to the canyon in 1901 and many of the buildings in use today date from that period. We found the motel, had a drink and a quick look around and then set about arranging our transport to the South Rim visitor centre where we due to rendezvous with Mum and Dad who had reached the destination in the coach with everyone else.
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This is the story of a journey in 1995 through the National Parks of the American Mid West.
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Tagged Arches National Park, Badlands, Bryce Canyon, Deadwood, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons National Park, Lake Powell, Las Vegas, Mese Verde, Monument Valley, Mount Rushmore, Salt Lake City, USA National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone Park, Zion National Park
It was another early start today and so early that it was still dark when we checked out and boarded the coach because there was a lot of travelling ahead as we headed west to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Our first stop today was at the Four Corners monument where four States meet at one intersection and it is possible to be in all of them at the same time by standing in two and reaching down and touching the others. To get there we drove across a featureless landscape where distant mountains stood like islands in an ocean of desert and through a landscape scoured by erosion, a skeletal land stripped of all but the most minimal vegetation.
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