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Trip to the US (Day 5)

I went to breakfast at 6:30 am, thinking of occupying a restaurant to myself; but I was wrong…the line was already long….many guests are early risers….Ooops.


It’s funny, I just had my nice breakfast, but our first destination of the day was heading for our lunch place because the US is huge…

It took us over two hours to reach there….

We had a lunch at Goulding’s Lodge where the movie, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, was filmed by Director John Ford.

Captain Brittle’s headquarters is still there; today, it became a museum.
According to the museum, many movies are taken here.

These are some examples.


You can visit the museum for free and enjoy nice Navajo Style Taco (charged).

It’s nice and healthy because this is a vegetarian dish: fresh salad, cooked beans on a fried dough.

It was nice!


After lunch, visited the Monument Valley.

We can have take a best view of these iconic symbols at the parking area. 

The monument on the left and right are a pair of mitten. 

I forgot what our guide said about the right square one…? Could it be a cake?


Also Navajo Indians traditional house, Hogans are displayed.


A truck took us to many points in the park to admire these sceneries.

Elephant on the left and sleeping Snoopy on the right.


Close look of Snoopy Rock.


At the left, there are Three Sister and Submarine.


Close look of Three Sisters and Submarine.

It does look like a submarine with its hatch!


View at the John Ford Point.


Look how gorgeous these are.

Humans are so small in front of nature!


The tour took us further to have a great view like this.


Turkey Rock


Rain God Mesa – there are many lines on the side as if these look like rain.

The place is dry as you can easily imagine from these pictures; Navajo people played for precious rain here.


A tour took us places by an opened-car (truck).

It’s hot but recommended to get close to these amazing rocks that are beautifully sculptured by the nature. 


It is so sweet of our driver, Mr. Jackson, to took ne to the place where Forest Gump was filmed.

Please Google and check the scene to find out why I’m running.


Arigato Jackson san!

There is another breath taking place.

Horseshoe Bend.

Colorado River bends like a hourseshoe.

This scenic view is preserved by Glen Canyon Dam; the dam controls water to stop further erosion.


I sat at the tip as if I’m fully occupying this place to myself. hahaha


This is the Glen Canyon Dam preserving Horseshoe Bend and filling Lake Powell.



After freshing up, I had a nice dinner at the hotel restaurant: artichoke soup, grilled chicken and lemon cake.
Yes, I had few glasses of Californian wine to enhance dinner. 

Posted in Exercise, Experience, Feelings, Food, Place, River, Sunrise and Sunset, Travel

Trip to the US (Day 4)

I woke up early to go watch sunset at Mather Point, Grand Canyon.

The host of this event is obviously Elk Deer (sorry, I introduced this type of this deer Elf, but Elk) because she lives here.


The tip is called Mather Point.

I managed to squeeze to get a front row at Mather Point.
Sun is about to rise.


iPhone camera is not suitable to take sunrise; but I’m happy with these photos.


Grand Canyon grows softly under sunshine of sunrise.

It was so beautiful.

It was worth waking up at 3:40 am to depart hotel at 4:40 am to catch sunrise at 5:15 am.



Then returned hotel for breakfast.



This is my first time to see a yogurt vending machine.


After breakfast, went for Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour (operated by Papillon).

This is my first helicopter ride.


The ride was smooth and the scenery is gorgeous.

I would highly recommend the helicopter tour to feel how GREAT this Canyon is.





Colorado River. This river eroded the mountains to make the canyon.


For lunch, I had a typical American sandwich, B.L.T. Sandwich (beacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) with strawberry ice cream.



After lunch, before departing for Antelope, watched Indian Hoop Dance.

He danced (or jumped) through using many hoops.


I wore a surgical mask before getting on a truck because the road is very sandy.

We cannot avoid sands because these sands make beautiful sceneries in a cave.


Our guide is Native American so he knew the cave very well, pointing out explaining what these resembles.


A face of bear in the center.


This is a closer look of bear.



A tear.


Bill Clinton’s nose.



Heart




Waves

Seahorse

 

Dragon’s Eye



Fire


At the end of the tour, he played a pipe for us, sounding so healing.
Thank you, Slow Horse!


After a great adventure, enjoyed salmon dinner listening to Country Music live band.


I’m going to stay two nights at Lake Powell Resort & Marinas.

This hotel is the only resort built next to Powell Dam.

It’s nice to have a lake (even artificial) view in the desert.


There is a coffee maker and Starbucks capsuls are available. Yeah! 

I made a cocoa for my bed time drink.

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Trip to the US (Day 3)

I took a quick breakfast to catch a plane to Phenix.


San Francisco is a busy airport being a hub airport.

I took American to Phenix.


The art of Kusama Yayoi, a Japanese artist – famous for using polka dots in her art, was displayed at the corridor.


I watched the movie, Swan Lake, on my iPhone by downloading app, Gogo Entertainment.

The service is good but I could not finish the movie before landing.


I had a small refreshment.


I arrived the Red Rock Country, Sedona.

Sedona is the vortex of spiritual energy.

I was there and watched famous vortex site.

Bell Rock – the shape of bell.

Cathedral Rock – three mountains like the shape of teeth.


The Sacred Place for Native Indians – four rocks where Native Indians play.


Snoopy Rock – there is a sleeping snoopy.


See! I enlarge a photo to locate Snoopy (at the center).


I had a nice Mexican lunch at 89 AGAVE.


Main dish was shrimp fajitas! Yammy!


After lunch, went to shopping for power stones!

I bought four stones.

Yes, I need to bring back ENERGY with me.



Then went to the Vortex Site, Airport Mesa.

Thunder Mountain – this rocks gave inspiration to Walt Disney who had stayed here then, to design the Big Thunder Mountain. That is why the Big Thunder Mountain are red rocks. Look carefully, on the left there is a wheel and on the right, there is a tea pot.

I wish I could stay longer in Sedona, but departed for the Grand Canyons to watch the sunset there.

Rocks are so beautiful and changed colour as sun moves.





On the way out, a family of elves greeted me.


Sun has set and checked-in at the Best Western Premier Gtand Canyon Sqire Inn.





I had a bottle of local beer, onion soup, rib eye steak and cheese cake.


Today, I received strong vortex so theoretically, I’m strong; nonetheless, I should sleep for few hours.

Oyasuminasai.

Posted in Experience, Feelings, Flower, Food, Place, River, Shopping, Travel, Waterfalls

Trip to the US (Day 2)

It seems many cargo trains passed by last night; but I didn’t wake up till my alarm went off.

I woke up feeling fresh this morning.

I had a typical American breakfast: egg, sausage, beacon, turkey ham, cheese, pan cake, yogurt, fruit and Starbucks coffee!

I departed Double Tree by Hilton Modenas for Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite is Native Americans (Indians) language meaning Brown Bear.


A bus is climbing mountains. 


On the way to Yosemite, we drove through Mariposa, which was a gold mining town in 1848 at the time of  the California Gold Rush.

Many speculators rushed to California to look for Gold especially in 1849; therefore, they are called 49ers which now named for American football team, San Francisco 49ers.

Players are definitely “49ers” because they also rush for an opportunity (ball) to make them famous and wealthy.

This town didn’t die after the California Gold Rush era died because the town became a resting area before reaching Yosemite.

The town preserves cowboy town look.


This is how they mined gold. 


On the way to Yosemite, I could see old mining points.


It took over 3 hours to reach the Arch Rock Entrance of the Yosemite National Park and also the Unesco’s World Heritage.


I am lucky because I was told that past 7 – 8 years it didn’t rain enough so waterfalls and rivers were thin and some points dried.

However, last year it rained well so I could enjoy powerful waterfalls and rivers today!

At the Tunnel View point, I overlooked the Bridalveil Falls (on the right), Half Dome (a peak in the center) and El Capitan (solid granite mountain which is popular for rock climbing on the left).


From a different point, we can take a look at Ribbon Fall next to El Captan.


And moved to another point to have a close look of Bridalveil Fall.

This fall named Bridalveil because at the bottom of the fall, the mist looks like as if bride’s veil is flipping by wind.

How romantic!


This dynamic cascade fall is 740 m length Yosemite Fall.


From the different point, I enjoyed peaceful looking Half Dome.

After viewing iconic points from different places, I became hungry.

I had a turkey burger (not a sandwich) and salad with ranch dressing at Yosemite Valley Lodge.


After lunch, I walked to the bottom of Yosemite Fall.

It’s so dynamic and powerful so I got wet at the bottom of Yosemite Fall.


On the way out of Yosemite, I enjoyed closer look of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.



I could feel the great power of Mother Nature by looking at many huge rocks cracked in two like this as if somebody cut it by a knife.


I bought a pair of socks and cap for the memory of Yosemite.

Agriculture is one of major industries of California.

California is famous for production of almonds, pistachios and olive oil.

This is an almond tree.


And these are almonds.


I bought these as my sourvenirs: Californian inshell almonds, inshell pistachios and olive oil.


Not only shopping, but I also enjoyed window views such as Wind Power Station (there are many as 300) and trains (could be over 100 cargo containers).



Before reaching to the hotel, I had a nice over 200 g rib eye steak and local beer, Sierra Nevada, at the Black Bear Diner.

Salad, corn bread, ice cream and coffee are also nice.

Restaurant is so cute, fully decorated with black bears!

Black bears are everywhere!


After a nice dinner, passed by Rakuten (Japanese leading e-commerce platform with 30% market share follow by Amazon (15%) and Yahoo Japan (3.2%)) and reached tonight’s hotel: the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel.




Okay, my bath is ready.

Good night.

Posted in Feelings, Food, Place, Travel

Trip to the US (Day 1 Vol. 4)

It has been a LONG DAY.

I checked-in at Double Tree by Hilton Modenas.

A room is nice.


A powder room (area) and bathroom are located at the entrance area.


There is a train track nearby the hotel.

Cargo trains are frequently passing by; therefore, this hotel is equipped with ear plugs!

Obviously, I don’t need ear plugs.

I’m too tired and don’t care about noise from cargo trains.

This hotel has an unique way to fold towels and napkins as decoration.

I can try to do the same some day when I host a gathering.


The main dish of tonight’s dinner was a large pork chops.

I had second dish: a glass of red Californian wine.


Desert was ice cream.

Today, I posted 4 times and this is my highest record of posting in a day.

I hope you enjoy it.

Oyasuminasai (Good Night).

Posted in Feelings, Food, Japanese Food, Place, Shopping, Travel

Trip to the US (Day 1 Vol. 3)

The flight to San Jose was comfortable.

The flight was smooth (not jumpy) and I had a small cubical to myself with side table.



I enjoyed Japanese dinner while watching Beauty and the Beast. 

I cried because it’s far better than I expected.



After dinner, I watched another movie, an action movie: John Wick Chapter 2.


I sky-shopped a travel kit of Morrocan Oil.

I bought a bottle of it from Amazon before and I like how my hair looks after applying this. 

I finished it already and I think it’s nice to have a travel size.


Then I again enjoyed Japanese breakfast.


Even I ate Japanese breakfast, it would be nice to have a cup of coffee.


Now I can see San Jose!

I feel funny; in Japan it’s a day ahead and already on 18 June 2017, but now it’s still 17 June 2017 – Day 1 of my trip.


San Jose is known as Silicon Valley, but the airport is very analog.


We stopped at Safeway (supermarket) to buy water and lunch.


I was still full from breakfast so I bought snacks. hahaha


The first sightseeing spot was Golden Gate Bridge.

This bridge was built 80 years ago.

I was lucky because there was no fog and I failed to take a photo, but I could carxh whales swimming.


There is a walk way so I walked on the bright!


I can also have a good view of Alcatraz Island, the famous former prison island.


After a short and pleasant walk, we headed to a hotel in Modesto by passing famous Bay Bridge.

Amazing, a half part of bridge was also built 80 years ago.

In Japan, there is Bay Bridge in Yokohama.

Hopefully, one day I can post about Japanese Bay Bridge.