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Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, The Carlsbad Caverns & a hot tub in the desert

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Ok. We’re playing catch up once again, almost a month since we last posted anything, down to a combination of laziness, poor RV campsite internet connections and being too busy having fun.

Our last post finished off our time at the Grand Canyon, about half way through our tall friend Col’s time with us on the road.  After leaving the Grand Canyon we headed back on the road to visit stunning Monument Valley. Possibly one of the most amazing drives we had taken (and there have been a few!) we snaked our way through the mountains and past the Hoover Damn (Epic by the way!) and desert, arriving in the valley just before a beautiful sunset.

A long road in America

Driving to Monument Valley, UT

RV in the Desert

The Clown Wagon.. Note the scary kids in the window…

Ben and Tamara in front of a big Dam.Where are we? 

Tam and ColNote how Col is the same height as the bridge over the Canyon.

Ben and Col in front of a BridgeLove IS Ben & Col 

Ben on the Road in Monument ValleyBen, practicing his Bowling arm…

Ben and Tam jumping in Monument ValleyYEAH!

The Utah state lineCrossing the State Line into Utah

Monument ValleyBeautiful Monument Valley

Monument Valley at SunsetBen is such a poser

Monument Valley at SunsetThis seems to be the pose of the trip

Sunset over Monument ValleyThe sun setting over the valley, and the clown wagon.

Sunset over Monument ValleyBeautiful – Kudos to Tam for getting the right setting on the camera!

Tam and Col on FacebookWho cares about Monument Valley when there’s Facebooking to be done!

That night, after I managed to surgically remove Col and Tam from Facebook, we decided that given how stunning Monument Valley was at Sunset, we would make the effort and get up in early enough to drive back to it and see the sun rise the next morning. We set our alarms for 5.30am (it was like Africa all over again!) and headed to bed.

We managed to drag ourselves out of bed the next morning, on time believe it or not – but having kept the curtains of the RV drawn we hadn’t realised the slight change in weather… when we finally did open the curtains, this is what we woke up to.

Snow in Monument Valley Good Morning!!

Ben in the SnowThat’s Monument Valley behind Ben, zero visibility, well worth the early morning.

Col got snowed on..Some clouds rubbed off on Col whilst he was walking around outside.

Ben dealing with Snow ChainsThis is the face of a man who knows exactly what he’s doing.

Driving through the SnowDriving through the snow.

Ben and Col at Canyon de ChellyIn front of Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly

Tam in Canyon de ChellyTam, blending in.

Ben looking over the edge in Canyon de ChellyDon’t look down.. wait, too late.

Col from aboveA photo of Col from above (no easy task!)

After we had finished clowning around at the top of big Canyons in the snow, we packed up the RV and headed for New Mexico, the site of our next campground just between Roswell and Carlsbad.. we did stop off at Roswel briefly to see about some alien burgers, but none of us had the guts to ask the locals where we might find alien based tourist attractions.. so we quickly left. We camped just outside of Carlsbad, planning to head to the Carlsbad Caverns the following day. That evening, despite the -1 degrees temperature outside we donned our swimming trunks and grabbed our towels and made our way over to the outdoor hot tub. True Brits.

Ben and Col in the Hot TubWinter Hot Tub party in New Mexico

Col and Tam getting cosy in the Hot TubCol and Tam getting cosy in the Hot Tub (Notice Tam rockin’ the Water)

Ben and Tam and a Beer

Col and a Beer in the Hot Tub

The next day we made it to the Carlsbad Caverns, the Carlsbad Caverns includes the third largest underground chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world, it is 750ft below the surface of the ground. It took us almost 2 hours to hike down the 2 miles to the cavern, entitled “the big room”. This was one of the most obscure places i’ve ever been, like being underwater without the water.

Carlsbad CavernsOn the way down to the Big Room

People in the Carlsbad CavernsTam, Col and a headless Ben

Tam and Col in the Carlsbad CavernsTam and Col continue on into the Caverns

That afternoon we got back onto the road, leaving the Carlsbad Caverns at about 4pm, we plugged our next destination into the Sat Nav.. San Antonio, Texas. “You have 534 miles until you reach your destination”. It was a long drive.


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