Exploring Marble Canyon.

Yesterday I told you how Marble Canyon was pretty remote (it has a population of about twenty-two), so you’re probably wondering about the title and about how much exploring one can actually do in such a small remote place. Well my answer to that is: you’d be VERY surprised. Georgia, Natalie and I started the day with a breakfast for champions (I swear I was still full from it the next morning – NO JOKE), which Rhiannon caught a few more z’s in bed.

Exploring Marble Canyon

When breakfast was done, it was off to the Navajo Bridge, where we went to a little shop, before doing what we always do: pose. I really wish I’d brought my purse with me because I would have loved to have bought a few things from the shop.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Then it was off to an old (relatively newly) abandoned ranch, where it got obscenely hot.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

PULL!!!!

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Looks like I won't be needing that Range Rover...

Looks like I won’t be needing that Range Rover…

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

After an extended look around we drove round the corner for a little cool off in the Colorado River. Rhiannon and I attempted to skim rocks, but gave up pretty quickly, opting instead for a competition to see who could throw rocks furthest.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

It was soon time to return back to the motel where we were advised to go easy on the lunch because it wouldn’t help on our walk later in the afternoon.

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Then before we knew it, it was time to embark on our last hike of the field trip, in Cathedral Wash. It was very challenging, but in a different way to Canyon De Chelly. We were literally climbing up and down rocks, looking down upon dizzying heights, whilst trudging along in the sand.

But it was most definitely worth it! We rested along another stretch of the Colorado River and it felt as though we were on holiday by the beach.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

Then it was time to make the dreaded journey back to the motel. I think the main thing that made the journey back so dreaded was having to do everything in reserve, which meant climbing up the steep rocks, with the looming fear of death in case we fell.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Exploring Marble Canyon

At dinner we all hungrily indulged in a well-deserved meal whilst discussing our favourite films. I had a tasty grilled sandwich with fries, even though I was still feeling kind of full from breakfast, would you believe.

Exploring Marble Canyon

Surprisingly enough though, the day didn’t end there. It ended with us star-gazing as Fran explained and went into detail about the stars and physics, while having a few cheeky cigarettes. We then wandered off a little, away from the street lights, surrounded by complete and utter darkness and watched as the sky filled with stars. It was truly spectacular.

Tomorrow is our last FULL day in America as we head back to Vegas!

alice

xo

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