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Vegas and Death Valley

Early in the morning we start our next part of the trip at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and drive back to “civilization”. Our route takes us back to Las Vegas, where we have two nights at a hotel. Usually I am not a gambler but how would it be having spent nights in that city without gambling? After I lost a couple of dollars my wife Parisa did it and won about $350 :-D We had a nice evening.

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Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park, California.

After two nights in Vegas we set off again towards California. Our plan is to spend a few days in Yosemite National Park before dropping off the RV in San Francisco. The last time we were on that route we decided to drive the roads around Death Valley National Park, because we weren’t allowed to go there. The rental company of our RV told us that no insurance will be valid in this region and that we have to go on our own risk.

Page, Arizona and Lake Powell

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Dark clouds above Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona.

Heavy rain accompanies us, when we drive from Monument Valley to Page, Arizona. The sky is dark and the wipers work hard. Our first stop is at Walmart in Page but we can’t cross the parking lot because a huge torrent divides it into two pieces. The loads of water coming down from heaven are very impressive. Later on we find out that the flood washed away some roads around Page. What a contrast: loads of water within the desert.

Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley

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We leave behind Arches National Park and have a short visit at Canyonlands National Park. The drive takes only about an hour from Moab, UT and the landscape completely changes. Our campground is much higher and the temperature at night is pleasantly cool in comparison to our last stay.

We explore the park by driving the scenic view. And plan to go on a hike on the next day before we have to leave heading to Monument Valley.

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One of the most impressing spots is Buck Canyon Overlook. The next photos are from here. A perfect place to rest and take a look into the width of the nature. I remember a very relaxing stay here.

Arches National Park

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Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.

We leave Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park after breakfast and continue our trip going to the northwest. It gets hotter and hotter and we pass beautiful spots which remind of old Western movies.

Las Vegas – Fear and Loathing

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Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert“. We drive hundreds of miles through savannah and desertland from Los Angeles and head to Las Vegas. The air conditioning is at the highest load and when you leave the car  you suddenly feel the brachial force of the desert… the air is full of heat and sand. You better don’t leave the car.

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Desert view on the way to Las Vegas, Nevada.

We are cruising straight forward on the freeway towards a hill at the horizon. Behind the hill we go straight on to the next hill. And out of the nothing this oasis is appearing surrounded by a big halo in the night skies.