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19 May 2007 @ 06:27 am
a real vacation!  
We've been home for nearly two weeks, but I'm still feeling the effects of our Arizona vacation.  We flew to Phoenix, and drove up from there to Sedona, where we spent two nights.  We've been to Sedona a couple of times before.  It's great for us because there are a lot of fairly short hikes (a few hours) with spectacular views of the rocks.  This time was a little disappointing.  They're widening the road, and the area is messy.  The hiking is still perfect for us, but we were glad to move on.

We spent three days in Cameron, an Indian trading post in the Painted Desert.  There isn't anything much right in Cameron, but we used it as a starting point to go into the Painted Desert, up to Lake Powell (and Glen Canyon Dam), and to Navajo National Monument and Monument Valley.  The security search at the dam was much more thorough than anything at airports, and it took us a while to empty out sufficiently to get through, but we managed.  Monument Valley (and the route through Kayenta) is stunning.  There's one particular rock that looks like something off the cover of a fantasy novel-- big and black and craggy and Just There..

And then we went to the Grand Canyon for three days.  And that was beyond description.  All in all, we took nearly 800 pictures in the nine days we were away.  I'm not looking forward to figuring out which ones to keep.

Thing is, there have been some hard times at work since I got back, and I should be feeling it, but I still feel as if I just got back.  Now, that's what I call a vacation.
Pigletporcinea on June 27th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Aha!!! I found you. :-).