Firstly, I'd like to apologise for the complete lack of posting but in my defence, it is difficult to find internet in the middle of nowhere! Luckily there are lovely tent-mates with laptops and free wifi at campsites.
The trip across the states is just incredible so far. I can't get over the shear size of everything around me, the amazing scenerey and vastness of it all here in the USA is just awesome. I'll try to make a quick update of the past few days...
There were 12 of us leaving San Fran on the 20th to attempt to cross the USA by land in three weeks, equipped with a huuuuuuge white Ford truck type thing and a little trailer packed with our belongings. The second we hit the road, you could tell it was going to be an epic three weeks.
Our first stop was Yosemite National Park, and straight away we hit the trails for a little hike. And we ran into a bear. As you do! And then we ran into two more. Pretty good for a first day! Yosemite was pretty amazing, and we got into the camping quite well - something refreshing about having everything you need packed away in a trailer. As a group we share the cooking, cleaning, etc and so far I've eaten better than at any other part of this trip!
After two nights in Yosemite, we had a quick stop at Mono lake on our way to Las Vegas, which is just as insane as I remember it to be! Except this time I tried my luck - and won a whole 10 dollars at roulette! I walked away after that though, I was very proud of my little win and didn't intend on giving it back. A few of us ended up going to a comedy stand up show one night in Sahara casino & hotel - really good! A few up and coming comedians, and they were all pretty good, so it was a good choice.
Next we headed to Grand Canyon. Once we arrived a few of us went on a helicopter tour - such an amazing feeling, the second you take off its like you are in another world. It was just before sunset, so combined with the fact that our pilot was playing some very appropriate apocalypse now-esque music, it was quite an experience! The next day we hit the trails again for more hiking (doing a lot of that lately!) into the canyon. Really good views, its just so difficult to graps the vastness of the canyon!
After two nights there, we hit the road again, stopping for a swim in Lake Powell and then setting up camp in Monument Valley. We went on a sunset jeep tour of the park, admiring the views and the amazing quiet of the valley, and ended up with a Navajo dinner, storytelling and dancing under the stars. Again, an amazing evening.
Today we drove a few hours over to Mesa Verde for a little tour of the park and one of the settlements (lots of ladder climbing and tunnel crawling!). Another amazing park, which is becoming a trend around here!
So there you go, a very rough update of what we have been up to. Tomorrow its off to Santa Fe!