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ContikiAnime Expo 99

Well, here's a day by day report on both my Contiki and AX trip(s)!! The photos are at the bottom of each page!

6th July 1999

Today was lots and lots of driving - from San Diego to Pheonix. It was warm in San Diego ... when we got out on the first break, it was hot and very sunny.

The scenery changed as we went along, too ... lots of arid land, hills that looked entirely composed of rocks, hills covered in tiny, round shrubs, and then on to the desert with cacti everywhere. One place along the way looked like a beach, at Yuma - all yellow sand with no plants!

What they call 'desert' out in Arizona, though, had too many plants for my image if a desert! They were shrubs and cacti, true, but I was expecting something more like that place at Yuma, or even out in Central Australia - fewer plants and more sand.

Anyway, when we finally reached Pheonix, there was a huge dust storm approaching. Watching it approach was amazing - it was moving so fast!

Five mins after we got into our room, the dust storm hit. (No pool for us! And it was meant to be the best pool on the tour, at this resort, with a bar serving drinks there and everything!)

We watched the storm out the window for a while, then turned on the tv and watched the news - it seemed to be the biggest dust storm to hit Pheonix, and was covered on almost every channel. As we didn't have much else to do, we fell asleep watching the tv.

By the time we woke up, the dust had gone and it was raining outside. It was still too hot in our room, even with the air conditioning going, so we got ready and went down to the bar at the hotel.

We hung out there for a while till dinner. After our meal, we all went down to an Irish pub near by, with $2 shots. That was quite nice, and the evening was still quite warm.

A pretty good evening, after the storm.

Day Three
Day Five

Here's a list of the images - select the link or the thumbnails (they have been cropped, so the largest images are shown in full) to view them!

A dust storm approaching A dust storm approaching Phonix, from the coach outside the hotel.
The storm hits The storm hits - this is the view from our hotel room window.
The dust storm The dust storm as seen from our hotel door - no swimming for anyone that day!

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