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Right. Packed and ready to check out of the hotel.

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to be doing for the next few hours. My flight isn't until just after 4pm (it's just after 9am now!).

I think I may pootle about until midday and then head off to the airport and book in early. May try and get a bit of an upgrade if possible :p

All being well I'll be touching down on British soil again on Monday morning. Rosie's meeting me at the airport and then it's home and possibly some rest.

I start work again on Tuesday and am 'hoping' I have Wednesday off as per usual but I have a feeling I may have to work as they'll almost certainly be a nice backlog waiting for me. We'll see.

Anyway, I had a nice time over here. It was good catching up with people and making a few new friends. Had some very good meetings which will hopefully bear fruit over the next year or two.

Next US trip is in August for GenCon Indy. That'll be a major one for us as Cubicle 7 have a trade stand over there and four of us are flying over for the best part of a week. Hopefully sales will be good!

Next year for GTS Rosie and myself are going to see if we can both come over and have a holiday post show. Hire a car in Vegas and drive up to LA and then San Francisco. Alternatively we could come early and start off in San Fran and then go to LA, Vegas and finish off in Phoenix.

For some reason I want to go to Phoenix!

For now, for me, it's back to Europe.

Talk to you all once I'm back on British soil!

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trixibell
Apr. 29th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Phoenix is okay, kinda your average sprawl but very dry and with Saguarro cati instead of trees. Okay, that's pretty cool, especially the clumps of young 'uns with no arms yet, that are eerily similar to Hattifatteners (if you've ever read the Moomin books). And of course, if you're in the area you simply must get some cheap Mexican food - a million times more tasty when you're that close to the border, plus you can get tamarind and rice-pudding based drinks that are exceptionally tasty.

Aside from that, my advice is to head north if you can. The landscape around Phoenix is okay, but if you head as far north as Sedona, suddenly you're in Red Rock country. Sedona is at the broad end of Oak creek canyon, and is surrounded by medium-easy, breathtaking hikes. Its gotten a little more touristy of late, but on the plus side it means there're good restaurants and car-hire places.

Carry on north and there are 2 bonuses: The Grand Canyon - and yes, it is worth seeing; your eyes will never forget the experience - and Utah, which is the most stunning place in the world, if you can forgive the mormanism. Camp in Zion Canyon, which you can drive into the bottom of through a crazy long tunnel with windows out over 1000 foot drops, and which narrows to be about 10 feet wide at one end, though you can still wade up the river. Go to Arches National Park, with my favourite rock formation ever, Delicate Arch. My grandmother insists it looks more like the legs of a cowboy though.

And if you need a place to stay cheap, my grandmother lives in Sedona and is quite happy to take on lodgers, especially with family recommendations. Her house is lovely and has 2 spare bedrooms and a cow skull in the garden.

So, there you go. My review and recommendations for Arizona.
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