Arriving in Las Vegas
First beer of the trip - with Caesar's Palace in the background
Tracy cleans her shorts after the "coffee incident"
Cruising up the strip - Tracy with New York New York in the background...
At the Hoover Dam
Our room at the Majestic View Lodge, Springdale, Zion National Park
Relaxing on the balcony of the Majestic View Lodge... easy to see how it got its name!
Emerald Pool, Zion National Park
Waterfall, Zion National Park
Upper Emerald Pool, Zion National Park
Zion National Park
Riverside Walk, Zion National Park
Tracy's burger - "as big as yer head"
Paul in the Mustang outside Majestic View Lodge
Checkerboard Mesa on the road between Zion and Bryce Canyon
A tunnel on Red Canyon road
Bryce Canyon View
Bryce Canyon View
Natural rock arch, Bryce Canyon
Longhorn deer crosses the road in front of us, Bryce Canyon
The hoodoos, Bryce Canyon
Our room at the Stone Canyon Inn, Tropic
View from the window of our room at the Stone Canyon Inn
At the start of the Moss Cave trail, Bryce
The creek on the Moss Cave trail, Bryce
At the start of our walk - with the Navajo trail zig-zagging down into the valley
Hikers on the Navajo trail get closer to the slot canyon at the bottom
Tracy takes a breather at the entrace to the slot canyon on the Navajo trail
Tracy treks in Bryce Canyon, just 9 months after having scaffolding put in to stabalize her spine...
Cowboys lead horseback riders on the trail, Bryce Canyon
Tracy takes another breather, nearing the end of the Peekaboo Trail
Time for a rest-stop in the shade
A cheeky chipmonk hides in the dry brush
After 7.5 miles, she deserves a lie down!
The happy, and exhausted, couple at the end of a long day's walking
Our second room at the Stone Canyon Inn, Tropic
Sunset over the hoodoos, Bryce Canyon
At the Kiva Coffee House on the way from Bryce
On the road again...
Sheep Creek - Tracy admires the view...
Tracy studies the information leaflet on entering Capitol Reef national park
Clear layers show the different geologic ages, Capitol Reef National Park
Desert Bighorn sheep, Capitol Reef National Park
Cassidy Arch, Capitol Reef National Park
A road on the moon - weird rock formations on the way to Hite
At the head of Lake Powell, Hite and the start of big canyons...
The road cuts across the tip of Lake Powell at Hite
Tracy enjoys a beer whilst waiting for her Chinese, Cortez
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park
Close-up of Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde
Rebuilt Kiva, Spruce Tree House
General view of Spruce Tree House
Early ancestral Puebloan house, Mesa Verde
Tower House, Mesa Verde
Later pithouse, showing stones used in its construction
Cliff Palace, home to approx. 300, Mesa Verde
Tracy checks her email, Calf Canyon Inn, Bluff
Valley of the Gods... aptly named!
Sunset in Valley of the Gods
Boys will be boys... Paul leaves a dust-trail behind the Mustang, Valley of the Gods
Sunset over Valley of the Gods
Relaxing with a cold pitcher of beer, Bluff
Nightcap on the patio at the Calf Canyon Inn, Bluff
First glimpse of Monument Valley
Tracy and Paul in front of Monument Valley's famous "mittens"
Objects in the Mirror are more beautiful than they appear...
3 Sisters rock buttress
Right Mitten and Merrick Butte
A Mustang relaxing in the desert wilderness
Grand Canyon from Desert View
The Ranger shows how "uplift" created the Grand Canyon from books...
All along the watchtower... Native American Indian art
Tracy looks out over the Grand Canyon
The Watchtower at Desert View Point
Our helicoper awaits...
Tracy enjoying the flight
Flying off the end of the world - entering the Grand Canyon
Flying over the Grand Canyon
Those yellow dots are large rafts... the Colorado River
View from the middle of the Grand Canyon
The Colorado River cuts ever deeper into the canyon
The Colorado River winds its way through stunning scenery
The Grand Canyon starts abruptly in the middle of the Colorado Plateau and its dense forest...
"I can see our room from here" - our hotel in Tusayan from the helicopter
Back on terra firma... what a trip!
Off it goes again...
Trekking in the Grand Canyon when a young coyote crosses our path
At the start of the descent, with the trail zig-zagging down the canyon wall
Tracy on the trail.. and yes, it was very hot!
Tracy and Paul stand next to a large gash in the earth's surface...
"That's not fair"... Tracy's pie dwarfs my cheesecake...
Indiana Jones? No, it's Tracy admiring the view...
Looking back to Bright Angel Lodge
Even the local wildlife stops to admire the view...
Rattlesnake beer in a jam-jar glass... Only in the US...
At the start of one of the few remaining stretches of the original Mother Road... Route 66
Tracy outside the jailhouse, Seligman
Remember the film "Cars"? Doc Hudson?
I can't find the name of this one...
Seligman, keeping Route 66 alive...
Tracy inside Angel Delgadillo's famous barber's shop, Sligman, Route 66
The street in Seligman... living museum that's seen better days...
Tracy poses next to a couple of real dummies, Seligman, Route 66
Wonder where we are?
Retro cafe, Route 66, Williams
Standin' on a corner in Wilsmlow, Arizona...
Tracy outside our room for the night... a concrete Wigwam!
Inside the wigwam
Nighttime at the Wigwam hotel, Route 66, Holbrook
The Wigwam hotel, Route 66, Holbrook, Arizona
Next time you watch the film "Cars", look at Sally (the Porsche)'s hotel... spot the similarities?
A fallen tree has turned to rock...
The rainbow-coloured rock formed by the petrification of the tree
The Petrified Forest... those dots are the fallen trees that are now made of rock...
The fantastic colours of the petrified trees...
Geology laid bare... clearly visible differences in the rock layers...
Petroglyphs carved by ancient puebloans on the rocks
A sign in the petrified forest shows where Route 66 used to be...
An old shell of a car marks where Route 66 used to be...
The painted desert
Oak Creek Valley on the way to Sedona
View from the patio at the fantastic Cozy Cactus B&B, Oak Creek Village, Sedona
Our room at the Cozy Cactus, Sedona
Our bedroom, Cozy Cactus B&B, Sedona
Relaxing with an appropriate beer, Sedona
There's a storm a'comin'...
Tracy prepares our evening meal... microwaving boiled eggs (don't ask me how, but she did!)
Morning brings a spectacular view from our bedroom window at the Cozy Cactus, Sedona
The start of the path to Courthouse Butte
Tracy on the path during our early morning stroll
Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Looking over towards Sedona from Bell Rock's vertex site
Paul finds his new home... a doorway into a cave at the start of the West Fork trail
Tracy successfully crosses the river...
Tracy admires the swirling rock formations on the West Fork trail
Ooops.... the aftermath of a failed river crossing...
Stunning scenery on the West Fork trail
Classic cactii at the roadside on the way to Phoenix
Tracy tries to work out how to get all our stuff in the bags before we head for home...
Arriving in Las Vegas
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