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Hoodoo you love?

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snow -50 °C

Halfway through the night we had a dusting of snow -- ironically we were awake as the room was uncomfortably warm (concrete has a way of absorbing and retaining the sun's heat). In any case, the snow cooled things down nicely. All the places we have stayed at have air con, but the internal units are so damn loud that it is hard to sleep with them running - points-off to America there.

A killer complimentary breakfast was had by all this morning - it's just as well as they have 3 large rooms for people to eat in otherwise it would have been standing room only. American food, tastes, for the most part, great, but that is probably due to the fact that everything seems to contain corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Still, if you can't beat 'em.....

Spent the most part of the day at Bryce Canyon NP with a wee trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park ( In case you were wondering, a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition were so taken by the colour and beauty that they named it after the Kodak film, nowadays they'd have to call it Digital State Park).

Bryce Canyon is the place to go if you want to see hoodoos, what's a hoodoo? well gather round children and I will copy and paste an explanation here...'Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands. Hoodoos are most commonly found in the High Plateaus region of the Colorado Plateau and in the Badlands regions of the Northern Great Plains. While hoodoos are scattered throughout these areas, nowhere in the world are they as abundant as in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park. In common usage, the difference between Hoodoos and pinnacles or spires is that hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a "totem pole-shaped body." A spire, on the other hand, has a smoother profile or uniform thickness that tapers from the ground upward' lesson ends.

Anyhoo-do I have to say that that the cameras were clicking left-right-and centre. Ho-boy, do we have hundreds of shots and footage to bore the pants off people when we get back. Some Japanese tourists were so keen that they were taking photos from the wrong side of the safety fence - that's a sure-fire way to get a Darwin Award.

Bryce Canyon is most definitely worth visiting in person or via a google search!

Tomorrow sees us heading off to Moab which is near Arches NP (claim to fame..sandstone arches) we will be taking Scenic Byway 12, which is in a select group of 'All American Roads' - have big expectations for that. With luck, and time, we may be able to take in some of Canyonlands NP on the way.

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Utah

Life Elevated

Best moment - visiting Zion National Park - propane-powered shuttle buses take you around park so you can sit back and watch the vista unfold - absolutely stunning.

Worst moment - realising too late that we were entering an unlit tunnel (1 mile long) without knowing where the headlight switch was in the car (it was PITCH BLACK after we had driven in maybe 100 feet) the car behind us was not impressed when we had to stop, flick on the interior light and locate the headlight switch - ironically it is in the same place as the one in our Ford ....).

Interestingly enough, we have seen people cycling here in Utah but they aren't young people dressed in smart suits - maybe those ones are only sent to NZ.

Tonight and tomorrow sees us in Bryce Canyon, we'll be checking out the BCNP (that's Bryce Canyon National Park) tomorrow.

One bummer about Utah is that it represents a new time zone (Mountain Time Zone) - you put your watch forward an hour, oh well, I guess we'll get it back when we cross back to some other state, sometime.

Speaking of mountains, the road took us as high as 7777 feet and we can't be too far from that about now. There are some small pockets of snow here and there from the spring thaw.

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What Happens in Vegas..

...is that everyone wants your money.

Started the day the best way possible - the Grand Buffet Lunch at the MGM which is essentially in the same uber-mega-complex that we are staying in but is a 10 minute hike from our room - fortunately there 4 moving walkways to make the journey a little easier.

Today was full-on, amongst other things we saw the fountains at the Bellagio, visited a view casinos (what else are you going to do?), took the monorail (lame), went up the Stratosphere (at 1,149 ft (350.2 m) it is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States), we took the worlds longest (not in distance, but time) to the original Vegas / Fremont Street - this from Wiki ' The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) is a pedestrian mall and attraction in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The FSE occupies the westernmost 5 blocks of Fremont Street, including the area known for years as "Glitter Gulch," and portions of some other adjacent streets. The attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft (27 m) high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft (460 m), in length. While Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Before each show, one bidirectional street that crosses the Experience is blocked off for safety reasons. Concerts, usually free, are also held on two sound stages. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas, and is also the location of the Neon Museum at the Fremont Street Experience and the city's annual New Year's Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen'

Got back, as in the norm, around 11:30pm -which, funnily enough, also seems to be a time when others are just venturing out!

http://www.vegasexperience.com/

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Lost Vegas?

Casinos are like the Bermuda Triangle

sunny

Today was all about walking. Walking into casinos and then spending excessive amounts of time attempting to find a way out.

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Greetings from Las Vegas

Life's a Gamble

sunny 35 °C

Today sees us in Vegas after a minor detour to the Hoover Dam, unfortunately we arrived there a little too late in the day to be able to take in a tour, oh well, you have to leave something for next time. We'll be in Vegas for three nights which should be sufficient time to loose the shirts off our backs.

It was pretty hot at Hoover Dam = up around 35. You can see the lake is so low compared t where it has been in past years. It a really amazing place to visit.

We have just booked into the MGM Signature. We are up on the 38th floor it is pretty freaky out on the balcony looking down. We can see a bit of the strip with a good view of New York New York. time to go and find something for dinner.

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