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Today is the Greatest Day

Picture Pablo (or some hippie you know) doing the hippie "wave arms in the air" dance to Smashing Pumpkins

Today is the first day since Indiana where we blog about what we did the previous day!

We woke up to some hot chocolate (with marshmallows!) and we went and shared another ice cream/ frozen yogurt cone. Then Joe blogged for a bit with the free WiFi at Subway (Joe's second favorite thing to the ice cream machine). Then we drove to Bryce Canyon.


When we got to the gate the woman asked for $24! It was $12 a person to get in, and the main canyon isn't really even all that big from what I understood. We only paid $20 to get into Yellowstone. We tried to explain this to her and asked if there was any motorcycle discount (there have been at ever other place we've been to), and she said no. But, if we'd like to break down and get the $80 National Park pass, she would let us pull around, find our receipts from the other parks we've been to in the past month, and she would discount those receipts from the cost of the pass. Well, its been a nice run. We've ducked into around a half dozen parks now in the dead of the night, but the jig, as they say, was up. $24 here, plus at least $25 at the Grand Canyon, we decided to buy the pass. We found the recipts for the Badlands (10), Yellowstone (20), and Devils Tower (5). We didn't pay to get in Rushmore, and Crazy Hours is not a National Park. So 80 - 35 = 45 for Bryce, and that will get us into Zion, the Grand Canyon, and a lot of the national monuments too (which the ranger said most of the southwest places are monuments, not parks, but the pass will work for those too). So we are legit now, but our sneaking (as Golum would say) wasn't for nothing. We had fun doing it, and now we've paid our dues b/c we really like these places, and they deserve $80 for our travels.

And now, the canyon.


If anyone has been to the Colosseum, or seen the movie Jumper, doesn't this remind you of the corridors beneath the arena?


Stone Warrior

We both really liked the first place we stopped at, and it turns out that this is pretty much the only canyon here. All the other view points are basically this place, but from different angles.


After walking up a huge hill to get to Inspiration Point, we discovered that we weren't as inspired as we were at our first stop. So seeing all the points there were to see (4), we headed back to the first one, because it was without a doubt the best, right up against the place. Seeing the canyon from above was cool, but seeing it from just on top of it was our favorite.


Then, our problems. I saw people walking into the canyon. I've wanted to do this since Rome (like I said, it reminded me of the Colosseum). When I saw the people down there, I just had to go. Joe reminded me that I said my legs were like Jello and I needed a rest, but I told him that his was different, and I've never wanted to do something so badly! He said we'd do it tomorrow, but I wanted it right then! The sun was setting, and we were at Sunset point, and I thought if we left now and came back tomorrow, it wouldn't be the same, and I waned it to be just as it was! He held me back, stood in my way, and even called my mom (who is at an ice show in Phoenix right now with Jessica watching the Backstreet Boys (their singing, not skating) and Kristi Yamaguchi). In the end, I bet him $50 that I'd be able to make it, and I blew through him and headed to the bottom by myself, and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be!


Back at the top Joe was doing Kung Fu while 2 European girls shared an acoustic guitar and sang some pretty songs (Joe taped one, this video to come soon). We sat and listened to one song. Joe said he already gave them a buck, and that they said that they would remember him while they drank that night. They were sweet. And then we went back the Bryce Canyon motel (couldn't get the same room again b/c they closed it for the winter, but we got another on that was nice, no micro/fridge, but thats cool). Then we went to the gas station/ Subway and made some potatoes with conqueso sauce and had another ice cream cone. After that, back to the motel, and you guys are all caught up!


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note to joe: never call someone's mom and say (in this case, vanessa and vanessa's mom) "vanessa is just being stupid, she almost died...." Crack siss hizzle ----dropped call. Moms love that!
After about an hour of calling vanessa and joe, (I'm in Phoenix with Jessica by the way), and then, calling Danielle in Tiffin to try them, and thinking about calling Brittany in England to call them, I finally got Joe and apparently no one was dead, he still won't put Vanessa on the phone - I heard her giggle though, so all is well in Arizona!

by georgi r

glad this was the greatest day ever, the pics are amazing! you guys rock!

by georgi r

more pics of you guysp lease(specially vanessa, just give Joe the damn camera for a minute) in the beauty of the rock formations!

by georgi r

my last comment today, promise (maybe- it's hot in Phoenix!) anyway, wow- the photos! you definitely did the right thing going down there, although, had the phone not died 3 times, i would have told joe not to let you. we should frame these pics and sell them! honestly! some are going on my walls!

by georgi r

that canyon does look like a great place for an epic battle. I like how Joe's ultimate veto move against Van is to call her mom. Great pics!

by buddy-JC

lol! JC you are funny!

by georgi r

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