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The Grand Canyon

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Before I visited the Grand Canyon I was told that it would take my breath away. But I’ve been told that about many places I have visited, and I wasn’t
sure what to expect.

When I got to the canyon and visited the rim, it quite literally took my breath away. There simply is no way any picture can come close to describing the experience of being a tiny person standing on the edge looking down into that massive hole in the land. It’s huge. Douglas Adams would almost certainly have said that it was mindbogglingly huge, and he would have be right.

I was speechless. It took me about 5 minutes before I could gather my thoughts and attempt to describe what I was seeing to Lois. The canyon is almost 2km deep; you could put the whole of Table Mountain into it, and place another Table Mountain on top of that, and it would be about level (you would still have loads of space around the edges).

I’m not doing much justice describing my experience, and I know that if you visit you will understand what I am trying to say; the scale is just so profound.

Best you get there yourself.

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Route 66

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When we travelled a little on Route 66, it was exactly as I expected. Small towns, slightly rundown with a somewhat regretful feeling of having been left behind. While the interstate highway system makes it really easy to get around USA, visiting the small towns brings to home how much they have simply been cutoff from the rest of the world. Route 66 is trying very hard to use it’s historic status to bring in visitors and keep money in the local economy, and I was glad to help a little in that.

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Sedona

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When we were in Arizona we took a road trip from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. One of the towns we drove through was Sedona, which is a truly beautiful yet somewhat bohemian town, full of artists and hippies. B ut the landscape is spectacular. These bright magnificent red rocks shoot into the air from the desert, and they are spectacular to look at.

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We were just driving past, but I would love to spend some time there exploring the trails and mountains in the area, it was such a lovely place. I am sure it will be the perfect place for some trail running (but not in summer; it can get above 40 degrees in the heat of the day).

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