Jul 19, 2013

Now That's a Big Canyon!


      The night before we left L.A., we hit the Venice beach and went to see the Venice canals. When we got back to the hostel, it was late, but we didn’t care, because we knew we could sleep in the next morning. Of course, that didn’t plan out as we hoped.

      We shared our room with two Asian guys and at 6:30 a.m. their alarm went off and they started packing, because they had to leave. There’s no problem with packing or leaving, if you do it quietly and quickly. They didn’t. It would’ve been easier to sleep during a Pamplona stampede than with those two packing in the room. After 30 minutes of rustling through at least 70 different plastic bags and knocking over everything they could possibly knock over, I lifted up my head, put off my sleeping mask and said “Resno?!” which is Slovene for seriously. I thought it would have more weight if they didn’t understand me. Aren’t Asian people supposed to be polite and quiet and considerate?! I wonder what went wrong with those two, was it puberty or just globalization? Eventually they left, but I couldn’t fall back to sleep so I just got up, which turned out to be a mistake.
      After leaving L.A., we headed to San Diego to go see the orkas in the Sea World fun park. Seeing a live killer whale was my ultimate dream and when I first saw the glimpse of a black fin, I literally shrieked, clasped my hands and ran to the swimming pool. After the initial excitement wore off, I realized that my dream was to see an orka in its natural habitat, not in a tuna can of a swimming pool.
      From San Diego, we decided to drive the entire night to get to the Grand Canyon – we stopped every two hours, stretched and switched. When the dawn broke, me and Veronika switched places and she soon fell asleep, those Asian fucked us both up, we were beat. I put Kaklbrenner’s Berlin Calling on, the sun was rising on my right, all of the sky was pink and suddenly a rainbow appeared on my left. It was one of the most perfectly orchestrated moments of my life. As if my life became a period instead of being a question mark or three dots indecisively standing next to each other.
      The Grand Canyon was pretty cool, I don’t think I’ve ever taken as many shots of a big hole as I did yesterday (and I probably never will). That’s what The Canyon actually is – a big red rocky hole. When we got off the tour bus and reached the first vista point, a boy said: “Now that’s a big canyon!” Add a hint of a southern accent to that, it was hilarious.
      One of my favorite highlights was seeing a thunderstorm while driving across Arizona. The lightnings were something else, one could probably supply enough power for my entire country for the next 3 centuries. One hit really close and split into two branches not high above the road and one branch hit on one side and the other on the other side of the road as we drove under the lightning arch, it was insane. When we passed the Flintstones camp, the rain came down and it came down hard. A few miles ahead there was a car crash and the minivan was completely smashed – the road conditions were perfect for someone who slept for 6 hours in two days, no doubt. Eventually the sky cleared and we drove into Vegas at dusk.
















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15 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh .. I so want to go on a road trip!

    The pictures are awesome!

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  2. The orca and the canyon are definitely two very cool things. :) I bet the drive through the West is truly beautiful. I drove from Ohio to Dallas, TX by myself 4 years ago and the only thing I remember about the drive is how much Arkansas sucks. Don't go there.

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  3. wow it all looks amazing, and if i where you i would've seriously smacked those asians haha, my sleep is my holy grail
    xx ish
    tiny-heart-beats.blogspot.com

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  4. Soooo incrediable!! I was on almost the same road trip like 3 weeks ago! Crazy. So gorg! Glad you're having a blast!

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  5. You really paint us a picture Petra - what an AMAZING trip your'e having... too bad about the globalized post-pubescent Asians >:(
    Who knew that the US went through that many straws! I have some trivia for you: 100 dudes died building the Hoover dam... #mindblown

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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  6. Girl, your pictures are so amazing ... and yeah I would have been so pissed at these 2 guys ! What the hell !
    I so would looove to go to the canyon... thanks for sharing your best moments with us.
    For sealife I'm really mad they keep doing shows with them after one killed a tamer... These animals should be free... but since they can't release them into the sea after so many years in a swimming pool, I guess they "had to make money". Sad!

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  7. Oh gosh, I'm definitely jealous! You found your most beautiful sunset, good for you!

    Mafalda ❤
    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/

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  8. Beautiful shots! The landscape is stunning. I love watching thunderstorms too :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  9. OH wow. That place looks AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! I am so jealous of you, seriously jealous of you. What an amazing thing this is you are doing. Can I be cheeky and ask you how much this trip is costing you? I'd love to do something like this.

    I hope you manage to get a decent nights sleep, being woken up is the most frustrating thing ever.

    Hope you are having a fab weekend.

    Corinne x

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  10. I want to go there so bad!

    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.fr

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  11. Wow, these pics are so gorgeous!!! Sounds like a lovely trip!

    Speaking about Orcas in captivity - you should see the movie Rust and Bone! It's about a girl who is a professional Orca trainer in Marseille who loses her legs in an accident during the Orca shows.

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  12. AMAZING photos and view wow canons are cool x
    M

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  13. aaah Vegas I love it and remember that Canyon too well. What I would do now to be back on that strip!

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  14. I live here in the United States but by the time you get to the East coast. You'll have probably seen more of it than I have.

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  15. Murder instincts against Asian race + canned killer whales + vertigo from the Grand Canyon + heavy rain and lightning storm aren`t the perfect combination of car accident XD (the blame is for Asians, of course)

    It must have been wonderful when the stars came together to give you that perfect moment. Those things that make you put goosebumps and feeñ that everything it`s ok are why living is worth.

    I'm looking forward to seeing things from las vegas! =)
    XXX
    http://muerdelaespina.blogspot.com.es/

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