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Southwest tour: Trucks fly by and time zigs and zags

Vermilion National Monument in northern Arizona offered a colorful foundation for a crystal clear blue sky.

It would be understood if your jaw tired from all the “Oh, my” exclamations during the drive from Cedar Springs, Utah to Page, Arizona. Our two blog posts from the journey are just a sample. We set a family record for viewpoint turnouts. Our camera does not do it justice.

A couple of notes from the day:

— Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be passed by tail-gating trucks doing at least 85-90 miles per hour? Come to Utah if you want the experience. The speed limit on Highway 15 in Utah is 80 miles per hour, for trucks as well. Except for urban areas, where the limit is just 75.

— How about this for a time-travel challenge? A sign at the Nevada/Utah border Wednesday reminded us to move our clocks ahead one hour for Mountain time. OK, done. Today, we went back one hour because Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time, but is still on Mountain time. We are heading to Canyon de Chelly National Monument tomorrow, which is still in Arizona, but on Navajo land. The Navajos observe Daylight Saving Time, so the clocks go ahead again. When we leave the Navajo area on Sunday, the clocks go back to Arizona time, but we will have to go forward an hour when we cross into Utah and Colorado that afternoon. Confused?

The Colorado River as seen from one of two Navajo bridges in northern Arizona.

 

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