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Page Lake Powell Campground, Arizona


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After leaving Las Vegas (not the famous movie...) and the Grand Canyon we continued to explore further canyons in Arizona. We drove to Page Lake Powell Campground and it was a busy and long day. Having our girls "nameday" (a Hungarian tradition celebrating holders of a given firstname on a given day of the calendar) she wanted to eat pizza in a restaurant. We also needed to do shopping for food and the usual refuelling sonwe had a very long lunchbreak at Flagstaff, Arizona. Hence we arrived quite late and in the dark to the campsite. Before parking into our site we stopped at the office tp find out where to park and we all needed a quick break which we managed in the trailer. After figuring out where to pull in I started and after about 150m we took a right turn, when my son shouted: "Daddy, the stairs, the stairs!!" Oh, shit, I forgot to close the stairs before starting to pull into our site! As the radio was quite loud in the car we did not hear the noise dragging the stairs must have made. We clearly let other canpers know that we have arrived!

I quickly stopped, checked the stairs and it was not ripped off but slighlty bent towards the back of the trailer. The two pins fixing the lenght of the legs gone missing. Afterwards I found both of the pins with the help of a flashlight and I was able to bend the stairs back to its original position. After a good night sleep we checked the surroundings which is quite surreal. Red sand and red rocks everywhere with some dry flora. The big waves of rock looks almost like flowing lava.

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In this campground you can also rent old coaches and they have air conditiong and coffee machines as well, despite their 1850 look. After lunch we visited two unique locations nearby. The first stop was the Glen Canyon Dam which is quite similar to the Hoover Dam
Capacity wise this provides 1,3MWatts while the Hoover plant is around 2MWatts.

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After the dam we got to the Horseshoe Bend which is about ten minutes from there. From the parking spot it was an easy 20 minutes walk to the river and the view was breathtaking. Even in December it was quite busy so I guess in the summer it must be really full of people.

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Posted by divatmotoros 05:25 Archived in USA Tagged arizona page horseshoe_bend Comments (0)

The Grand Canyon


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One of the natural wonders of the World. You can not imagine how small you feel when you see the 10 miles wide, 1 mile deep Canyon. A relative young, 6 million years old geological structure carved by the Colorado River is one of the most visited sight of the USA. We were grateful coming in December as it was much less crowded than during summertime. We could also drive along the Hermit Road which is only accessible by tour buses except December to March.

We visited the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Village, the kids got their activity books to become junior rangers upon completition (just like in the Denali National Park) and they watched a 20 minutes movie in English about the Canyon at the visitor center. The Canyon is visible from space and the pictures by a phone will not tell you the story.

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Posted by divatmotoros 19:54 Archived in USA Tagged grand_canyon Comments (0)

Las Vegas to Seligman, Arizona, Route 66


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We had to check the weather forecast to remain above freezing at nights when selecting our next stops. We obviously wanted to visit the Grand Canyon but tenperatures at night dropped below zero Celsius at the National Park. So I was looking for nearby locations with less elevation tonfind a safe harbour for the nights. We picked Seligman in Arizona which was close enough but just above freezing in the coming days.

Enroute from Las Vegas we stopped for lunch in the middle of the desert.

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Then we arrived to our stop which was on the famous mither road Route 66. Another childhood dream of mine to drive or ride on this route connecting the West Coast with Chicago. "Get your kicks on Route 66" from the Rolling Stones was in my favourites since my teenage years and later we discussed this route with motorbiking friends many times.

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Posted by divatmotoros 09:34 Archived in USA Tagged desert arizona route66 motherroad Comments (0)

The Hoover Dam


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Fast backward to 1910. Gambling was illegal in Nevada, even flipping a coin to decide the price of a drink was forbidden. The town of Las Vegas had a booming economy as the railroad hub connecting Utah mines to California through Nevada.

Fast forward to 1931. Alcohol is prohibited in the US, the Great Depression tore apart the world in 1928 and earlier railroad bankrupcy left Vegas in a very challenging position financially. Up and down, like a roller coaster. The construction of a huge dam on the Colorado River boosted Vegas' population from 5,000 to 25,000. Gambling become legal and Maffia mobs and local business owners started to develop casinos and theaters for the contruction workers.

The Hoover Dam (then clalled Boulder Dam) provided the initial demand and later on cheap electricity to create Las Vegas as we know now. An engineering marvel, the largest of the world at the time of completiton.

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Posted by divatmotoros 20:12 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Sailing into Las Vegas


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How comes you can sail into Las Vegas? Well, we left Trona Airport hesitating between to possible routes. "A" heading North via the Death Valley National Park. We have seen it yesterday, quite steep roads up and down.

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"B" heading South via Barstow, also some mountain passes but seems a bit better.

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We picked "B" and it was a right decision, not for the elevation but for the wind! There was very strong wind East and we were heading East most of our drive! The trailer's flat back acted like a huge sail and we were cruising with 60 miles an hour. Normally that would mean a fuel consumption around 28 liters per 100 kms, now it was 12! So this is how we sailed over 200 miles happily into Las Vegas!

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Then the next day we did the classic walk on the "Strip".

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Also visited the Pinball Museum. Kids can enter casinos but no gambling is allowed for minors so we wanted them to enjoy some other machines. They did and I also played a bit with the classic Pac Man arcade. It was quite quick compared to my memories but was great to play again!

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Finally we had to try out luck and while security was not watching we did a quick round with the whole family. Started with 10 USD and left with 25 so the hot chocolate the next day was free for all!

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Posted by divatmotoros 01:33 Archived in USA Tagged las_vegas sailing Comments (0)

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