Utah was the fourth and final state that we did in our America trip a couple of months ago, and what a different one it was!
We spent two days in Monument Valley before making the long trip back to Newport Beach, California, and it was like a different world! First and foremost it's so beautiful. It's a strange, unique kind of beauty that I've never seen before. The ground is just covered in sand (as you can clearly see from the photos) that is such an intense red-orange colour. It felt like we were on Mars! The rock formations are so impressive and amazing to look at as well; it's incredible that nature has just made them like that.
We stopped off at the point in the road where Forest Gump famously stops running. We had a lot of fun and spent about half an hour running up and down shouting quotes from the film to each other and jumping about in the road!
It's a completely deserted place, we drove for absolutely miles without seeing any buildings. There were some little Navajo Jewellery stores (well, huts) on the side of the road selling homemade jewellery and that was it. It's so different to home!
We stayed in a little motel near to the Forest Gump running area, in the middle of nowhere, which was very nice, modern (surprisingly!) and clean. It was run by a Navajo family who also run the only restaraunt around, next door. The restaurant was awesome! The menu consisted of one meal: steak and beans, which was cooked on a swinging BBQ in front of you. You could see that Dad did the BBQ, Mum made the beans and sorted out the kitchen and the son and daughter were the waiter/ waitress. The local beer was called Polygamy, completely tongue-in-cheek considering that Utah is Morman country! The meal and the atmosphere was brilliant, it felt that we'd really gone back to a simple and peaceful time. Although I didn't love the HUGE beetle that just casually walked past our table- imagine a giant black ant the size of your hand- eeeek!
It was such a brilliant experience, I would highly recommend adding it to your bucket list!
What do you think?