I've never been in the desert before, and probably my nearest experience of it (barring a nice empty beach on a sunny day) had been through watching the recent BBC David Attenborough series "Life in Cold Blood" where desert reptiles had featured large. So to spend 10 days travelling through the desert areas in Utah and Arizona to visit the many canyons and national parks there was an adventure packed full of new experiences.
I didn't know, for instance, that my skin would react painfully to the dry desert atmosphere, and was puzzled on Day 2 to discover I had chapped sore skin on my arms, legs, shoulders. I've only ever had chapped skin in cold weather before, but the combination of dry air, wind, heat and sun does an equally good job. The body lotion supplied at all the motels we stayed in was put to good use! My eyes didn't like the dry air and wind either; they were sore and went a nice shade of red. Eye lotion soon got that under control, and what I saw was well worth that little bit of discomfort. The trip was a most amazing experience.
|Stunning Bryce Canyon|
|Spectacular Capitol Reef|
|"ET" in Goblin's National Park|
|Just one of the many viewpoints|