Day 10, Las Vegas – Flagstaff
I woke up at 8 am and went to the pool to enjoy the sun once more while everybody else was still sleeping. Again it was very, very hot at there but thank god there was the cool-watered pool to refresh me ;) I went back inside after an hour, took a shower and started packing my things. My brothers woke up and started packing too. At 10 am mom and dad came to our room and we left the hotel.
We drove few miles to In-n-out Burger where everyone except me took a cheeseburger meal. I had a strawberry milkshake. After eating we drove a bit less than 2 miles to Hard Rock Café where we bought t-shirts and souvenirs ;)
After driving just a little while, Aleksi saw a sign and said: “Hey, look, pool party!” I looked out from the window and saw the billboard. “Ahm, Aleksi, it says ‘Ultimate gay pool party’!” :D Guess he didn’t see the first two words of that ;D We drove to Hoover Dam, took some pictures in the freaky heath and got back in the car. Sometimes I really am very grateful of the air conditioning ;) It was 40 C. I know, I know, nothing compared to Death Valley, but seriously you can’t say that 40 degrees isn’t hottt!
We drove and at some point it started to rain, first time in here! We went to have dinner at Denny’s, and without a doubt got our stomachs full. From there we drove 10 minutes to our motel in Flagstaff. (We’ve been driving on and off Route 66.) Mom and dad went to Laundromat to wash the dirty clothes. I went to swim with Aleksi but we came back inside soon ‘cause it started to get cold.
It’s the third state we’ve been to so far. California, Nevada, Arizona… Well, tomorrow Grand Canyon! :)
Day 11, Flagstaff – Monticello
So, today we woke up at 8 am, went to have breakfast and then packed our stuff and at 9.30 we were in the car driving towards Grand Canyon. We arrived to there at 2.30 pm. And whoa how cool it is! Aleksi’s reaction was awesome. We were driving this road with forest on the both sides, until suddenly the forest stopped and the ground just disappeared at the left side of us. Aleksi was still looking from the window to the right side, then turned his head as he was just about to ask “So where is it?” but instead said: “So wh… WHOW!” :D
Well, what can I say? It was just incredibly amazing. How can there be a big canyon as that in the middle of nowhere? Stunning. We took a lot of pictures as we “hiked” some rocks down and had a little competition of who was the bravest to go the nearest to the edge ;P Just kidding, it wasn’t a competition. Mom was about to freak out when she saw dad sitting on a big stone at the edge. ;D
We bought ice creams and about at 4 pm continued our drive to Monument Valley. We stopped at McDonald’s to get some dinner. We got two Big Macs with 3 dollars. Whoooow! (Aleksi told me to write that ;P) We had to change the clocks’ times ‘cause we went to different time zone when arriving to the fourth state, Utah. We went on a drive at Monument Valley, it was so red over there! The sand, the stones, the rocks… all red. It’s an area of Navajo Indians and they have put these piles of stones near trails. It’s some kind of tradition that gives good luck, I’d say but I’m not sure.
We saw West and East Buttes as well as an Elephant and Camel Buttes. And of course, Three Sisters! I know you have no idea what those are, but you’ll see the pictures ;) The road where we drove was not very good, instead veeery bumpy! We drove to our motel in Monticello where mom, dad and Aleksi went to swim and now we are going to sleep! Good night friends! :)
Hey, btw, try saying very fast: “Three witches watched three Swatch watches. Which witch watched which Swatch watch?” ;)