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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!

7th July 1999

Before the day started, a group of people from the tour went on an optional balloon ride, myself not included. (Getting up at 4am?? Are you crazy?!) Thanks to Eric, I have some photos from their trip!

This morning, we headed from Pheonix to a cute little town called Sedona. It was a cute little place in the middle of these huge monoliths that look like red, funny shaped mountains. A bit like lots of mini Ayers Rocks, with different shapes and lots of green plants everywhere. It looked like a set of a western movie!

When there, we had a little time for shopping (lots of Indian stuff) and looking around, and then headed off on a "Red Rocks Jeep Ride" - the drivers/guides were all dressed up in western clothing, with guns (for show - not real guns) and everything.

We drove around and it was so fun - getting bounced around in the jeep made up for not getting to Sea World the day before. Who needs a roller coaster when you're getting tossed around in a jeep??

It was lots of fun, and you got to see the scenery around the town, and heard lots of information about the place.

Afterwards, we headed back on the coach and drove to the Grand Canyon.

[ Water, water everywhere! ] Jill tried to tell us about the necessity of water and power bars on the hikes in the Grand Canyon, for the next day. "Water, water, water!" (said in an American way, of course) became a catch phrase from that little talk. From then on, no-one could just say "water", in their normal way... it had to be "water, water, water" in Jill's accent!! ^_^

Before getting into the national park, we stopped to watch the Grand Canyon IMAX movie (which I'd seen years before, in Australia).

Then we went in to the national park, to see the Grand Canyon itself. It was amazing. So deep and wide and beautiful. The one word that kept going through my head, while looking at the Canyon, was 'big'. It was just so big!! Seeing photos and movies don't do it justice. You just have to go and see it for yourself!!

We stayed in lodges inside the national park, near the Canyon. We even saw deer walking around the lodges... it was quaint and quite a nice place to stay, if you don't mind bugs.

A party was held outside one of the lodges in the evening. Lots of off-key singing by drunk people who didn't know the words, and a lot of fun, too. It kept going until two rangers turned up... "Ranger danger" became yet another catch phrase from that night. ^_^

Day Four
Day Six

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!

See the Sedona Map and the Grand Canyon Village Map.

Balloon ride Balloon ride - I didn't go on the balloon ride over the desert, but doesn't it look cool?
Looking down on the desert Looking down on the desert from above, on the morning's optional balloon ride.
A gigantic cactus A gigantic cactus in the middle of Arizona.
The Red Rocks of Sedona The Red Rocks of Sedona - so photogenic!
Bell Rock Bell Rock - another postcard quality photo!
Sedona Sedona - it looks so much like a set from a western movie!
The Red Rocks Jeep Ride guides The Red Rocks Jeep Ride guides, posing for a photo.
The Contiki group The Contiki group who went on the Red Rocks Jeep Ride.
Me at Sedona Me at Sedona posing by some beautiful scenery!
Me at the Grand Canyon Me at the Grand Canyon - our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon, on the way to our cabins.
The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon - the photo really doesn't do the Canyon justice.
Dappled Sunlight on the Grand Canyon Dappled Sunlight on the Grand Canyon - the partly cloudy day made for some beautiful images on the Canyon.
The Canyon The Canyon - another beautiful shot of the Grand Canyon.
More Grand Canyon More Grand Canyon - I could not stop taking photos - it was so beautiful and big!

Thanks to Corinna and Eric for some of the photos!

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