It was a leisurely 132 mile trip to the Grand Canyon. We had to stop in Flagstaff on the way since Doris was having a Michael's withdrawal! It was a pretty drive through the San Francisco Peaks from Flagstaff to the park. We are staying at the Trailer Village inside the park and have 50 amp full hookups, good Verizon and satellite. The sites themselves are roomy enough but the park is full of pinon pines and they don't keep them trimmed very well. It's impossible to not brush against them on occasion - you just try to hit the thin stuff. The tree by our site has one large branch that looks like it has been able to inflict considerable damage on previous rigs. We were able to avoid it, but not by much. The access roads are also in very poor shape though it looks like they may be working on that.
First night, we had a sunset tour scheduled. It started about an hour and a half before sunset and gave us the chance to see the canyon as the shadows lengthened - very pretty.
Thursday we caught the shuttle and headed for he West Rim Trail. This trail is about seven miles around the rim and we were able to hike about a mile and a half of the dirt portion of it. Most of it is paved and Doris' knees and back don't do so well on pavement. It was a nice hike with incredible views though, on a few occasions, it did come a little closer to the edge of the canyon than we would prefer. You know you step off the side of this thing and it's a mile down before you come to an abrupt stop!
Friday, we did the East part of the rim. We did a little hiking but most of it was driving and stopping at the various points. At the far eastern side of the park, they have an east entrance visitor center as well as the Watchtower
to see. You could see almost forever from the Watchtower - what a great view. We also visited the Tusayan Ruin and Museum
. It was much like the many indian ruins we have seen thus far but smaller.
Saturday we stayed around the Mothership and caught up on a few things we needed to get done before venturing to the North Rim tomorrow. We will be dry camping there - no hookups - so a few things needed to be done in preparation for that, such as making sure the generator has sufficient oil, etc. It will be about a 200 mile trip around the canyon to get to a spot about four or five miles from where we are!!