
// SEPTEMBER 2009
Movie stars!
London
Vancouver
Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
Monterey
Pacific Coastal Highway 1
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Torrey
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Santa Fe
Denver
Ottawa
Niagara Falls
New York
Boston
Quebec
Montreal
Kamloops
Lake Louise
Banff
Canmore
Calgary
Sausalito
Napa
San Simeon
Santa Barbara
Malibu
Santa Monica
Venice
Calico Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Bryce National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Flagstaff
Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert
Ice Caves, Grants
Albuquerque
Los Cerrillos
Los Alamos
Taos
Taos Pueblo
Montreal
Toronto
Mystic Seaport
Newport
Plymouth

Grand Canyon

20th of September 
The Super event of the journey!!!

We left behind us Monument Valley and we drove towards Kayenta and then towards Grand Canyon, which for us was the super event of the journey. We passed by Τuba City and by Cameron Trading Post.

We met the Little Colorado River Gorge, an impressive canyon, which prepared us for what we were going to see in Grand Canyon.
We were again at a Νavajo areaEventually, we arrived at the magnificent Grand Canyon.

The Big Canyon is a long canyon which was chiseled by the Colorado River and is to be found at the state of Arizona in USA. Its biggest part constitutes the National Park of Grand Canyon, one of the first national parks in USA and Monument of Universal Heritage of Unesco.
The magnificent canyon, which is created by the river Colorado, is a miracle of the nature. It opens itself to a depth of 1 km, into the wild landscape of the brownish red grounds of Colorado - Plateau.
It is accessible from its north and from its south side too.

The most amazing view, though, spreads to the south side, so therefore, we, too, approximated it by the (south rim), leaving aside the (north rim) for next time.



Our first encounter with Grand Canyon was done from the first view point, the Desert View, where from we could see the rocks and further far the river Colorado. 
Amazing rock formations, as far as our eye could reach, from the Νavajo Point and then from the Moran Point, which is the highest, probably, point, with views to the canyon.
The colours are very pale because of the humidity, the distance and the light. The size of the canyon looks surreal from this particular point!!! 


The abyss..!!!

We admired, probably, the most significant geological phenomenon in all America, from every point of observation:

From the Grand Vieux Point, from Yaki Point, and eventually from the Mohave Point, at the west part of the South Rim. The last one is one of the highest and most impressive viewing spots. At its west and at its south parts, accordingly to the map, the abyss is spread. And, indeed, from the Mohave Point one can not see where this depth ends anymore!!!!!

While watching the abyss, I could not help thinking, that, “here”, one may feel the particularity of America.
Here, one may identify with the past of the Continent. Here, one may catch the pulse of the indigenous Indians.



Of course the cities with the skyscrapers and the big commercial centers are very beautiful, but, they are still human constructions. And, of course, they cant, under any condition, compete with the creations of the nature.
So much deep thinking probably does not fit in with holidays, does not fit in with the light and relaxed mood, which has to accompany a pleasure trip, but it is inevitable after the observation of such magnificent marvels.


Flagstaff
20th of September 

Route 66.

Early in the afternoon we continued towards Flagstaff, under rain.
At last, the weather would change and would become fresh.
We now were on the historic Route 66, at the railway station of Flagstaff.
The city was created after 1870, approximately, when the gold diggers were followed by farmers and stockbreeders. Another era, indeed

We arrived at the hotel which was going to host us for the night, the atmospheric 410 Inn Flagstaff.



21st  of September 

We woke up in a room bathed by the sunshine... We took the breakfast prepared for us and started our journey, so as to explore pieces of the historic Route 66. 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18
Difficulty:
Population: 322.762.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW
comments
VIEW
Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18
Difficulty:
Population: 322.762.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW
Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
Difficulty:
Population: 322.762.000
Rating:
comments
VIEW