roadtripping highway 93 and east.
23.11.2011 24 °C
A lot has hapenned since our last post. Paul and i are now in the Southern United States. We are in the Pheonix area soaking up the sun before the next leg of our trip down the Baja peninsula. The American portion of the journey has been surprising and beautiful.
We crossed the Canadian-American border into Roosvelt Montana (just south of Fernie) and caught the first snowstorm of northern Montana's fall. I(having not travelled much in the US) noted quickly that each gas station in Montana seemed to be attached to a casino and sell delicious micro-brewed beer. Many other Americanisms amused my Canadian self as we made our way south through Idaho on the secondary Highway #93. The snow followed us into Idaho at higher elevations, so we bombed through in search of warmer weather.
We crossed into Nevada in a town called Jackpot. Having never been to the central United States before, both of us were intrigued by the hoodoos and cliffs of the Nevada and Utah desert. We left highway 93 and headed into higher elevation. With the higher elevation in Utah, we found Bryce Canyon's incredible geographical formations, as well as cold weather and more snow.
After Utah, we headed into Arizona. We decided to check out the Grand Canyon (being such a legendary spot) and were completely blown away. The sheer size and scale of it is enough to impress anyone. From the canyon's North Rim we were not able to see the Colorado River, but caught a glimpse of many mountains and additional sections of the canyon's vast expanse. I recommend checking this out at least once in your lifetime if you ever get the chance.
We continued south through Arizona driving through the Navajo Nation to arrive in the town of Flagstaff. Flagstaff is immediately identifiable as a progressive student town with a bit of a hippy vibe. We ate good food and continued on to stay with my aunt and uncle in southern Arizona.
I can't forget to thank the people up north who put us up in Dawson City. Bobby and Julia showed us around and made our time up there a blast. I promise to update again soon. Wish us luck on our USA- Mexico border crossing.