The Grand Canyon view

Introducing the Grand Canyon

Prepare yourself for a spectacular schmorgasboard of photographs, this is the Grand Canyon!!

*but first a bit of background, enjoy…

Here we are several days into our American Road Trip, and despite a rocky start by somehow spending a night in the dodgiest part of Phoenix with crackheads and cops outside our motel room door (no doubt discussing Global Warming or the financial crisis, or prison), we are now well and truly into the spectacular side of this country I have longed to visit since I was knee high to a grasshopper.

We left Phoenix in the rear view mirror a bit disappointed to not have seen the good stuff I know is there, but also ready to move on from a particularly yuck night which had some unexpected benefits (more to come on this).

It didn’t take long for things to start looking up as about 5 minutes into our drive we were in a beautiful part of Phoenix which we had somehow skirted the day before while looking for a place to stay.

From the get go, the view became spectacular and stayed that way right through to our destination, Flagstaff Arizona!

We passed through the spectacular red rocks of Sedona on the scenic back route and knew that this was finally what we had been looking for. We had decided not to stay in Sedona because it was out of our price bracket and instead booked a few nights in Flagstaff at what has turned out to be an incredible gem of a find. A clean, comfortable motel room walking distance from the old town and close to my favorite things: food creation stations, otherwise known as restaurants!

Sedona Arizona

Scenic Sedona Drive

Scenic Sedona Drive

Sedona Diner

We have stayed here for 4 nights so far! With day trips around the area to beautiful parks and scenic drives. Today was lunch at Mormon Lake which is more of a lake bed than an actual lake, but is even more scenic because of it.

Mormon Lake Arizona

The Coup de Grace however is the ridiculously beautiful Grand Canyon, which somehow manages to live up to the hype heaped upon it by every one who has ever been there. One of the things which continues to slap me in the face with its wowness is seeing these things I have witnessed on TV shows and movies; in comic books and photos all my life. From simple diners to staying on the iconic Route 66 to this the most Grande of grandness, The Grand Canyon.

Feast your light suckers on these spectacular images from our drive along the southern rim and a brief ten minute walk down a trail, because why use your legs when you have wheels?! Well, one day I would like to do the rim to rim hike, but for now the drive was enough to keep me wanting more.



















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  • Rob
    Posted at 11:04h, 13 October Reply

    Vast and barren. Perfect!!

    Looks spectacular mate, nice pics. Alas, didn’t see me photoshopped in anywhere though… Glad your USA road trip dramatically improved.
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      Posted at 20:05h, 13 October Reply

      Your in there bud, I just made you really small so no one would suspect about us, but now you’ve gone and blown it, the gig I mean, not my…

  • Kim
    Posted at 14:15h, 13 October Reply

    Beautiful! And October is the perfect time to be in Arizona. Please if you guys need any tips anywhere in the U.S. let me know!!!
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      Posted at 20:07h, 13 October Reply

      Thanks Kim appreciate that, our plans change so often and quickly it is hard to figure out where is next sometimes!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:33h, 13 October Reply

    Great pictures! We just love that region and were in Flagstaff/ Mormon Lake in May for Overland Expo. Enjoy all the red rock!
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      Posted at 20:09h, 13 October Reply

      Thanks Rhonda, Mormon Lake was surprisingly cool for a second choice (we were going to go to Meteor Crater but $20 each!), and the pizza there was insane!

  • Jimmy Dau
    Posted at 02:57h, 02 November Reply

    Bet you’re tempted to get the paramotor out?
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