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Vegas, here we come!

It was one of the longer drives, Zion to Las Vegas. We needed to be ready to hit Vegas at 4pm.
Allowing time to drop the trusty stead (GMC Acadia) off at the airport we decided to miss sit down breakfast ad hit the road by 9am. Jane and I popped into a deli and grabbed some food to eat on the way. .As we crossed the State line into Nevada we gained an hour which was great. We stopped for a stretch and took some photos of our transport before we parted company.

Soon we have to drop off our trusty stead
Soon we have to drop off our trusty stead
Lou, the Vogue photographer has left
Lou, the Vogue photographer has left

Arrived in Vegas running parallel with the Strip, saw the Mandalay bay as we drove in.

The Mandalay Bay hotel and the Delano wing taken from the Interstate running barrel with the Strip
The Mandalay Bay hotel and the Delano wing taken from the Interstate running parallel with the Strip

The reception was vast, we had to walk for what seemed to be ages through line after line of casino machines and tables, as we headed for the Delano wing.The hotel even had its own beach!

Mandalay Bay reception
Mandalay Bay reception
Just one small section of the vast casino
Just one small section of the vast casino

After getting ourselves sorted it was a quick change and out to the Stratosphere for a meal. This was followed by an hours drive on the Vegas Strip by courtsey of Lou and Rich.

The Stratosphere taken from the Interstate
The Stratosphere taken from the Interstate

 

The view from the Stratosphere
The view from the Stratosphere
Photo taken after a one hour limousine ride around Las vegas
Photo taken after a one hour limousine ride around Las vegas

Lake Powell/Page to Springdale in the Zion National Park Utah

 

Crossing the Arizona/Utah border again(last time was in Monument Valley) we lost an hour. We stopped at Kantab, had lunch at a very interesting diner called Nedra’s.The back of the menu had a list of all the films that used the surrounding area

The "girls" by our trusty stead in front of Nedra's in Kantab where we had lunch.
The “girls” by our trusty stead in front of Nedra’s in Kantab where we had lunch.
Top half of back of menu
Top half of back of menu

 

Bottom half of back of menu showing the films shot around here
Bottom half of back of menu showing the films shot around here

One of the entrances to Zion National Park is enroute although we did not know at the time. we drove through on winding roads cutting through a canyon/gorge and passed through a long tunnel before we reached Springfield and the Pioneer Lodge.

Entrance to the long tunnel in Zion National Park
Entrance to the long tunnel in Zion National Park

The next day we dove into another part of the Park and took a shuttle to various points in the canyon. We initially went to the last stop and walked further up the canyon.

Walking through the canyon at Zion
Walking through the canyon at Zion

 

The canyon in Zion National Park
The canyon in Zion National Park

Onward to the Grand Canyon

Decided to go via Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon – Jane wanted a coffee at Macys so arrived at the Best Western hotel later than planned. Lou had driven for at least hour and a half. Good hotel, meal expensive.

Next day – to the Canyon, bit of a queue. Made our way to the visitors centre where we were told that blue badge holders can go where the shuttles travel. This gave us great flexibility in visiting the best view points.

We stayed till sunset which was fascinating with the changing light on the canyon.

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon

As mentioned earlier we stayed at the Sedona Summit which is a complex of self catering accommodation, ( condominium).

It was  very spacious and the views excellent. We had an interesting trip through Oak Creek Canyon, very scenic with many hairpin bends and splendid views. Also as already posted by Rich visited Slide State Park.

what a view to wake up to! Everchanging as the day progresses .
what a view to wake up to! Everchanging as the day progresses .
Part of the range of red rock surrounding Sedona
Part of the range of red rock surrounding Sedona
Slide Rock Park and 2 old fossils !
Slide Rock Park and 2 old fossils !

 

View from the top of Oak Creek Canyon, on our way to Flagstaff and  the Grand Canyon.
View from the top of Oak Creek Canyon, on our way to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.