We know our blogging is ridiculously slow and not really in chronological order. Forgive us. We are new to blogging and sometimes we have no wifi. Plus we are sort of living out of a van or airplane or trailer or tent. But we are now in Nelson, NZ, settled temporarily in a (slightly chilly) flat and have some time and space to reflect on what has transpired over the last few weeks.
There were so many good and funny and fabulously beautiful times on our road trip across the States. Here are some of the best moments, in photos.
Roadtripping is hungry work. (alternate title: 75 chins)
This was Joel’s favourite rock formation. It’s called Mexican Hat and it’s huge.
Location: The spot where Forrest Gump stopped running. Stop Forrest, stop.
The girls got a kick out of crossing the Arizona-Utah border several times in one minute.
Our campsite in Monument Valley (named after the popular ipad app).
Sunrise with a canine friend.
The best lunch stops are always off of dirt roads. Improvised hike to the Colorado River.
Swimming in the Colorado with the Glen Canyon Dam (Page, Arizona) in the distance.
Vermillion cliffs. (Thanks Andrew Paul for the pro tip)
Hiking down into the Grand Canyon from the North Rim. Julie is standing at the top of a sheer drop-off similar to the one on the upper right. This was a big deal for her.
2.63 complaints per minute.
Crazy views.We found a charming couple in their sixties during a water break. When we told them we were headed to New Zealand – they showed us their NZ jade wedding rings – they were married in Nelson! Good omen if ever there was one.
Wide, deer-filled meadows and big sky in the Kaibab National Forest.
Camping outside the North Rim.
Chilly mornings. Our water froze overnight!
Later that day…. (we actually found a hotel without a casino in Vegas)
Getting our kicks.
Random public art in the desert.
Salt flats in the Mojave. Ain’t no thin Oreo.
Hiking in Joshua Tree. 360 immersive photo here.
Escaping the heat.
Classic Americana Roadtrip scene.
Very small pool but Julie is making the best of it.
Good morning Joshua Tree.
Yet another gratuitous roadtrip shot.
Arrival in L.A. Thanks to Rob and Georgie for Oasis Jalilicutty.
Phase one complete. From here on out we live in the future.