Star of the show at southeastern Utah’s Bryce Canyon is the hoodoo, a strange formation resembling a chunky finger. Thousands of these rise out of valleys, cliff sides and mountains, like an army of chess pieces. We did the drive-through version of the park, stopping for a hike and picnic at Mossy Cave, a sweeping view over a 20-mile valley and an entertaining park ranger led hike and lesson in fleeing wild animals, identifying local trees and recognizing fossils. Because temperatures were dropping to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, we treated ourselves to two nights at the Canyon Lodge in the nearby town of Panguich. The motel did us a nightly cash deal of $50, meaning that we still came up under budget – hurrah! Photo montage by Daniel.
Claire – On maternity leave from career as editor of monthly finance trade magazines, and occasionally a freelance translator. Half-American/half-English, raised in the suburbs of New York, has lived in London for almost nine years.
Daniel – Furniture designer/maker based on London’s Columbia Road flower market, for ten years, also an aspiring painter and DIY supremo. On one-year career break to reconsider options. English by birth, but mother is half-American and spent part of her childhood in Bronxville, New York.
Sophia – 3.5-year old spitfire who loves school, singing, swimming and being a big sister
Lulu – Born May 8 of this year, a model baby who eats, sleeps and gurgles.
Special guests – American, British and international friends and family who drop in along our trip to see whatever part of the country they fancy. They’re welcome to travel in the car with us and sleep in an adjoining tent.