Saturday, 23 August 2014

Yosemite and beyond

 After San Francisco we travelled into the wilds of the National Parks. First stop was Yosemite, where we parked our RV in a campground right underneath Half Dome. There was plenty of wildlife to see in the form of squirrels and deer., and this seemed to be a theme everywhere we went, to the point where Caitlin and Ellie were like, 'Deer are boring now'! We saw all the sites and had fun playing in the river underneath El Capitan.
 We weren't actually allowed in Death Valley in our RV, much to Carl's disgust, but we drove as far as the sign. Whoo hoo!
 We said goodbye to the RV in Vegas (more of that later) then picked up a car for a round trip through two more states.
 We went to Zion National Park in Utah, where it rained and we saw some great thunderstorms with fork lightning. This was a theme that continued.
 Monument Valley was my favourite. We went on an open-sided bus tour but had torrential rain for about half an hour that turned the desert floor into a river of red mud.
Then we were into Arizona and off to the Grand Canyon. More rain and thunder, but the sun came out in between and Ellie managed to give me at least six heart attacked by standing to close to the edge. We also did a helicopter flight over the Canyon. Fantastic trip.

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