Aren’t credit card companies wonderful at saving you from yourself? I finally got round to booking hotel rooms for our trip to Utah when Master Card intervened.
The first booking at Panguitch went through without a problem, but the problems started when I tried to book rooms in Springdale and the websites kept refusing to authorise payment.
It took a while before the penny dropped. Credit card security had seen the first ‘suspicious’ transaction and put a block on the card.
Mrs P says it’s our own fault for not letting them know that we would be out of the country, but since when did we need their permission to travel? Plus it seemed an over-reaction for $158, so cue a rant from me on the hopelessness of all at Master Card.
But other than that, it has been a very pleasant day. The mercury has been above 90ºF for most of the day and the desert wind felt fresh from the furnace.
It has a barren beauty of its own, as symbolised by the Joshua Tree above. Our destination was the small waterfall and rock pool where our hosts’ dog is buried nearby.
We should probably have had the place to ourselves, but being Sunday, there were plenty of other walkers, including a group of teenagers, four girls and three boys, who broke the stillness with lots of noise and mucking about in the water.
We left as two of the boys decided to try jumping into the pool from the waterfall ledge. It would have been a waste of our pay-as-you-go phone to call 911.