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Oct 2, 2009 - Grand Canyon National Park – Day 2

This morning we drove to Desert View and worked our way back, stopping at a number of viewpoints. Our other stops included Navajo Point, Lipan Point, the Tusayan Ruins, Moran Point, Grandview Point and an unnamed viewpoint. All these had our cameras clicking madly! The Tusayan Ruins are the remains of an Anasazi village. Several farming families occupied this small pueblo for a short period beginning in A.D. 1185. No attempt has been made to rebuild the structures, but archaeologists have worked to protect the ruin from degradation. It is...

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Oct 1, 2009 - Grand Canyon National Park – Day 1

Last night a front blew in and the temperature dropped to 32 degrees. It was still cold this morning and a light jacket felt comfortable nearly all day. Along the way I stopped several times to take pictures. The first one was an overlook at Lake Powell. The half-mile road up to the overlook was like a washboard! The view from the top was worth all the shaking, though. Farther along, I stopped at Glen Canyon Dam. The canyon, formed by the Colorado River, is very deep and rather narrow at that point. Another interesting stop was at the...

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Sep 20, 2009 - Grand Canyon--South Rim

We finally made it to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Even though it is only eleven miles across the canyon, it is a 24 mile hike through the canyon or a 200 mile drive around the canyon. We arrived at the south rim late in the day and only had time to drive in to Desert View, the first view of the canyon from the east. The Watchtower, one of the many structures designed by Mary Colter for the Fred Harvey Company, is located at Desert View. Fred Harvey, who has a less than stellar reputation, was an early concessionaire who operated the...

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Sep 16, 2009 - Grand Canyon--North Rim

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1000 feet higher than the south rim and only gets one tenth of the visitors. The drive into the north rim is beautiful, but deserted. You go by the Vermillion Cliffs, through Navajo reservation lands, across the Colorado River, through Jacob's Lake and finally to the north rim. There are only a few very small towns (more like crossroads) going to the north rim. We didn't have reservations and campgrounds were full so we boondocked the first night in the National Forest in a great camping location. The...

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Jun 13, 2009 - The Grand Canyon!

Today we went to the Grand Canyon!!! Gerald had only ever flown over it and I had never even been to Arizona so we were both really excited to see this thing up close and personal. The Gerald was extremely clever in planning this trip and we actually entered the park from the usual exit...therefore we were able to see some amazing sights with out any crowds!!! When we did finally make our way to the "village" portion (the area near the main entrence), it was mass chaos - really, it was like the worst crowds at any Six Flags park during a...

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Oct 5, 2008 - Grand Canyon pics

Well I didn't gamble, drink, or overeat in Vegas. Tried shopping but was pretty restrained there too. Naturally, they asked me to leave. I took the 93 south over the Hoover Dam. Lake Mead was a really cool sight; this big blue lake in the middle of the desert. Interstate 40 in Arizona has a 75 mph speed limit & was mostly semi traffic; I must have passed 50 of them .. so not an easy drive. The turn-off to the Grand Canyon takes you on to a little stretch of old Route 66, so I bought a bumper sticker. Today, I just walked along the rim &...

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Road Trip 08

Jul 3, 2008 - The biggest hole in the world!!!

This was the day I (matt) was waiting for and it didn't disappoint (it just took me about half an hour to choose which photos to upload as i could not stop snapping!). The drive down was impressive enough, with impressive scenery. Then we entered the grand canyon national park which to our suprise was a heavily forested area. When we first saw the canyon we stood very quietly for a few moments, nothing can convey the size of the canyon (the photos dont come close!), it is awesome in the proper sense of the word. We spent approx 2.5 hrs...

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Jun 16, 2008 - the canyon

We are now in vacation mode. The kids got in last night, and then we went back to baby and talked awhile. The green cups were also used. After a good nights sleep, Jeffery and family came over again to visit. Reagan and Adeline played in the pool and had a great time. The temperature at 10:00 is 103--HOT. After the all too short visit we had to hit the road. Our destination is the Grand Canyon. So while Skip and baby got us down the road, everyone else got in a little snooze. We entered the Park and Skip got to get his Golden Age Pass. Of...

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Apr 4, 2008 - The Grand Canyon

The drive from Page to the Grand Canyon took us to the Cameron Trading Post, established in the early 1900's. Although the shop is pricy, the motel rooms have an abundance of local color: There are hand carved chairs, beds, and valances, and real tile bath sinks and floors. Very comfy sleep and reasonable. We were able to be on the road early for the Grand Canyon! Our first stop was the Desert View Outlook, where the Watchtower was built in 1932. The Watchtower was built on a promontory overlooking the canyon. Constructed of native stone,...

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Ron & Jane's Travels

Apr 1, 2008 - Grand Canyon

On Sunday, March 30 we left Anthem heading for the Grand Canyon. The trip took about 3 hours in ferocious winds. They actually shifted the side rear-view mirror out of alignment on the drivers side! We pulled into the Grand Canyon Railroad RV Park. Some would say it was just a parking lot but the sites were level, the Internet was free with a strong signal, and the cell phone coverage was great. We put our slides out to start with but after a couple of hours of blowing around, and while we went to dinner, we pulled them in. It was very...

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Mar 1, 2008 - Grand Canyon

We took some of our visitors ( Cal, Rena and Margaret) to the Grand Canyon on Friday. The weather was awesome, as was the view. Long day though. We left Phoenix around 0630 and got back at suppertime. The trip was definitely worthwhile. Jeanne and I will likely revisit before we head north. Last week we all went to the horse races at Paradise Turf, which is only about ten minutes away. Once again, the weather was excellent, high 80's. We all tried our luck but all ended up in the red for the day. We have been able to golf a number of times...

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Sep 12, 2007 - The Jester cowboys - into the Grand Canyon West!

Our bus finally arrived to take us out to the Grand Canyon West Ranch! We jumped on with our overnight bags and began the 2.5 hr journey to the ranch. We stopped at the Hoover Dam on the way which was MASSIVE - we took some mint pics! Back on the bus, with not too far to go and we pulled off road to drive the final 7 miles of the journey down another rocky dirt track into the middle of nowhere passing through the Joshua Tree Forest - that is literally all there was, hundreds of them in amongst the red landscape. We finally arrived at the...

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