Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog

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The wonderful guys from Dixie Diesel phoned at 8am to verify our VIN number, drove to our campground at 9am and had the new valve and air cans (???) installed and we were on our way by 9:30. Good Sam, our roadside assistance service, paid for half the bill. No one wants to have their brakes lock up and prevent any forward motion, but these great guys made it so painless. It would have been more of a hassle for us to drive to a repair facility (if we could) and wait in some grungy room until the coach was fixed.

We didn't have far to go and arrived in Kanab at noon. We've come here to see some slot canyons. When we phoned a local tour operator, he was ready to go and by 2:30 we were in his jeep flying through sand dunes on our way to some amazing scenery. Words have been failing me the last few days. The scenery here is so stunning, the photographs have to speak for themselves. The colors of the rocks are so vivid, some of the photos look fake, but they convey what we really saw. The slot canyons have been carved by water rushing through the sandstone. The curving rock formations look dynamic, like they were just created yesterday. The various minerals in the rocks add surreal color to the formations. Once they have been eroded, they create sand piles in a wide variety of colors. It almost looks like Disneyland.

Whenever we got out of the jeep to hike, the 5,000 foot altitude really got to me. A few climbing steps and I was huffing and puffing like the old lady, I don't want to believe that I am.

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