Michelle and Charlie's Around the World Trip 2004-2005 travel blog


Michelle and Katie at a lookout point

half of the visitors to US national parks are bikers


at Zion NP

the view from the North Rim

the red canyon wall at Zion

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According to Toby Ziegler on the West Wing, the Grand Canyon is the only thing in life that isn't a disappointment (I can't remember the exact quote, but it's something like that). I can't say that agree, though. Maybe it was because we drove 5 hours to get there, got out of the car for an hour, then turned around and drove 5 hours back to Vegas. Or maybe it was because we went to the less popular North Rim instead of the more famous South Rim. Or it could be a year of seeing every natural wonder under the sun. Whatever the reason, I was not overly awe struck. It's very pretty, of course. I'm glad we went to see it, but it wasn't a highlight for me. It was more like something I had to check off on my list of must see US sights. I would like to go back again and spend more time and see it from a different vantage point.

On the drive back we stopped at Zion National Park in Utah. That was pretty spectacular, actually. You drive through these huge cliffs and rock formations that were perfectly sillouetted against the clear blue sky. It was about sunset when we left the park and drove back to Las Vegas. It was almost 11 pm by the time we got back, but it was cool to see the huge expanse of lights glowing in the distance after driving through the dark desert for hours.

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