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North America » United States » Utah » Tropic January 13th 2020

Whose idea was it to stay in a ‘traditional hoghan’...oh, sounds very romantic. Oh, let’s be ‘one with nature’, let’s get spiritual and learn about Navajo culture, let’s take a wee in the port-a-loo outside when the ground is encrusted with snow and it’s in the minus! Ha, romance?!? I’ll take fire thanks! More on that later... The day began with a tour of Monument Valley with Navajo Spirit. The conditions were icy to begin with, and the whipping wind did nothing to improve the climate...lucky the car was heated!! We headed into the valley with our guide to learn about the valley’s inhabitants and its surrounds. And honestly, we were fascinated. You come to Monument Valley for the iconic vistas and the red rocks, but hearing about the inhabitants and their origins, as well as ... read more
Big hole, small family...’big hogan’
Drawings left by the Anasazi people
Big hole...mad children running down hill

North America » United States » Utah » Tropic September 7th 2019

This morning we woke up to another beautiful day, had breakfast and headed out of Zion to Bryce Canyon, NP. We decided to take the Zion- Mt Carmel Highway. This scenic highway is know for it's switchbacks, slickrock canyons and sweeping views. The road which is ten miles long has two tunnels which were dug through the face of the cliffs. One of them is 1.1 miles long, took 3 years to build, and cost a fortune. The tunnel has large "windows" that give you a peek at the beauty surrounding it. The sheer cliffs on the side of the road had Diane catching up on her e-mail, or playing a game on her phone which is usually the case when we are on this type of road. As we exited the tunnel the landscape around ... read more
Cocktail time
Bryce Point

North America » United States » Utah » Tropic June 2nd 2012

Another 7am breakfast in the cabins at Tropic, before an early start to do the Queens Garden/Navajo loop trail, which drops from the rim of the Canyon into the Bryce Amphitheater, whilst it was reasonably cool. This trail was listed as the worlds best 3 mile loop trail, which sounded a bit ambitious. But, Wow! Wow! Wow! it has got to be true .It is the most stunning trail we have ever walked. The trail goes down a series of switchbacks into the main Bryce Ampitheater and at every turn and twist of the trail you are blown away at the views and the colours. Vern and Annette set off at a cracking pace (they had done it before) and we did not see them again until the finish. Dinah could hardly take a few steps ... read more
Bob at Rainbow point
Chipmunk
Close up of natural arches




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