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October 11th 2010
Published: October 17th 2010
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A view taken between showers.
Hi Everyone,

This entry is going to be a very brief overview of our trip over the last couple of weeks. We have covered a lot of territory since I wrote last, so it will be just a snapshot.

We left Grand Canyon after bunkering down there to avoid the severe weather and tornadoes that were causing problems in the area. We waited until the weather cleared and finally took our helicopter trip which we were really keen to do. Our photos of the Grand Canyon have rain clouds hovering over them, but I think it adds to the drama!

After leaving the Grand Canyon we drove down to Sedona for a brief visit. We saw the devastation the tornadoes caused along side the highway. We saw RVs picked up and smashed just like matchsticks, so we were so pleased we stayed safe in a motel.

We decided to head north again and see Zion and Bryce Canyons and we were so pleased we saw them. They were so different and we loved the sunrise at Bryce Canyon and the colours and shapes of the hoodoos. At Bryce we also took at walk along the Bristlecone Loop
Zion National ParkZion National ParkZion National Park

The canyon was beautiful. High red cliffs either side of the river and walking trails.
where we saw some of the oldest trees in the world. These trees were only babies, being only 400 years old. John was told that there was a park in Nevada where you could see trees that were several thousand years old, so we had to go!

After we left Bryce, we headed up to Nevada, to the Great Basin National Park. This park has an amazing cave with formation not seen anywhere else, and of course the famous Bristlecone Pines.

Large trees and large canyons were next on our list at Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. We drove through a forest of giant trees and saw the largest tree in the world, called General Sherman.

We drove south after leaving Kings Canyon and today will visit our last National Park, "Joshua Tree National Park", which is a desert park.

I will send my last entry from LA in a couple of days.

Additional photos below
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Bryce CanyonBryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

The hoodoos at sunrise.
Great Basin National ParkGreat Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park

Lehman Cave shield formation.
Bristlecone PineBristlecone Pine
Bristlecone Pine

This tree is 4500 years old.
General Sherman TreeGeneral Sherman Tree
General Sherman Tree

This tree is the largest tree in the world.
Another giant sequoia.Another giant sequoia.
Another giant sequoia.

Showing the size of a sequoia.

19th October 2010

what a trip
sounds like and looks like you have had a fantastic trip in the usa it makes me want to have those 2 countries as my next holiday destination i might have to get a few lessons on the video parts of your blog lm back at work now but my legs and feet are still recovering we will have to get together when you return luv carol
21st October 2010

Hi Jane and John, Glad its all gone so well, what a fantastic trip you've had !! Your photos and movies are amazing, well done. Have a safe return flight, see you at Christmas time! Love from Pete and Ness xx
23rd October 2010

Thanks for your comments Pete. i still have a few more emails to put up on Youtube, so you haven't escaped me yet.

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