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Oct 5, 2018 - Fees and other costs

Many recreational types don't like paying access fees. Public land should be free to access, goes the thinking, because my taxes have paid for it. I heard that argument uncounted times during my working years. Republican tax cuts for the wealthy not withstanding, parks and the like have never competed well against defense, law enforcement, welfare, and so on. Agencies need to ask for fees to do even basic work. Fees can be a powerful management tool. A park provider in Washington reduced vandalism to its sites by 90% when it introduced day...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Arrival at The Grand Canyon National Park

Monday September 24th, 2018 We have arrived at the Grand Canyon following 9 days of traveling. Today’s drive was the longest so far, at 388 miles. Arriving on Monday the 24th of September we gather for dinner at Al and Roses to go over the Maps and plan the next couple of Days. We are staying Grand Canyon Camper Village which is located 1 mile from the National Park entrance. We picked this in April, so we would have full hook ups. Meaning we have Water, Sewer, and Electric. We had read some questionable reviews, but I have to say this was...

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Grand Canyon

Jun 4, 2018 - Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon NP June 4th Today, we drove up to the Grand Canyon NP which is about a 90 minute drive from Flagstaff. We entered at the Grand Canyon Village and took several photos from the various vantage points. There was a lot of road construction in the village area, but, because it was Monday, traffic was fairly light. We didn't have any trouble getting around. While in the Village, we decided to have an early lunch at the El Tovar Hotel. Afterwards, we headed east on the rim road stopping at several vantage points points before exiting...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Tusayan, AZ

We drove back out the South Gate to Tusayan, AZ. We we’re hoping to get some kind to Wi-Fi connection. We’ve felt kind-of isolated with such dismal cell phone and wi-fi service in the park. Even McDonald’s was denying wi-fi access in their parking lot. So, we did some souvenir shopping instead. We saw some beautiful cut and ground agate.

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Apr 29, 2018 - Derest View Watchtower

Today we drove from the Grand Canyon Visitors Center east to the Desert View Watchtower (22 miles away). There were a number of stops and lookouts along the way as well as the Tusayan Museum and ruins. It was a very sunny and warm day. The views continue to be spectacular and the camera doesn’t do it any justice. You just can’t beat the human eye.

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Apr 28, 2018 - Hermits Rest

Today we left camp early and set out for the Red Shuttle line which took us to Trailview Overlook and points west all the way to Hermits Rest. We’ll post a copy of the area map. It is a hop-on-hop-off shuttle. We hiked from Trailview to Maricopa Point and hopped back on the shuttle to Hope Point and again to The Abyss. All beautiful vistas, and we could see the Colorado River way down below. We hopped back on the shuttle to Hermits Rest. On our return trip we stopped at Mohave Point. It was a terrific morning, lovely sunshine and a slight...

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Apr 27, 2018 - Trailer Village Campground

Friday, April 27… Pulled into the Trailer Village Campground around 10:45. Only a couple hours’ drive up from Camp Verde. The first thing we see are mule deer roaming all around the campground sites. We were told at the registration office not to hook up our sewer line through the day. Apparently the ravens like pecking them full of holes. We got set up, had some lunch and went for a walk to the rim. Elevation is 7,028 feet (2,143 meters). We approached the rim at “Pipe Creek Vista.” Wow! For never having seen the Grand Canyon before, it is...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Grand Canyon National Park

Trouble with internet last night so couldn't post.. sorry. The Grand Canyon .. wow, what can I say. Took oodles of pics and 2 videos so you can get the full effect but they were too large to post. Prayed the camera was catching the colors and it did fairly well. It was nothing short of spectacular. The north rim is closed until May 15 so we were only able to view from the south rim. Took shuttles to all the view points. Shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes and it's a free hop on hop off service.The park itself is very commercialised.......

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Mar 17, 2018 - Grand Canyon, Arizona

Most of the day we were on or near the Grand Canyon rim looking, taking pictures, riding buses, and talking to people. Since the last time we were here, the park has obtained buses that are free, keep down traffic congestion, and make it a breeze for tourists to get around. And as they run on natural gas, they are not smelly. You can board one of four routes, get off anywhere you like, and another will be along in 10 or 15 minutes to take you to the next stop or wherever it is heading. Made for a very pleasant day. And lunch at El Tovar...

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National Parks Tour

Mar 16, 2018 - Grand Canyon, Arizona

We spent most of today driving from Homolovi to the Grand Canyon National Park. We saw lots of beautiful scenery along the way. We had read that the National Forests and National Parks had decided that trying to suppress all wildfires was NOT a good idea because then most of the seedlings survived, making the trees too dense to be healthy. It also allowed a great deal of fuel in the shape of downed trees, dead brush and limbs, etc, to accumulate. Then when a fire was ignited, whether it was from natural causes or careless campers, it...

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National Parks Tour

Mar 10, 2018 - The Grand Canyon

We arrived at Grand Canyon National Park late in the afternoon, pulling up to the entrance booth, past the sign announcing a $30 a vehicle fee, showed my $10 for life senior pass, and the lady waived us right in. The campground was a few miles from the entrance, and when we arrived the ranger there said there were no sites available that night for our 30 foot motorhome, directing us a mile away to “Trailer Village”, the campground run by a private company, where just one site remained for $45 plus tax, no senior discount honored. . ...

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Nov 13, 2017 - Grand Canyon

After Las Vegas we took a quick overnight trip to the Grand Canyon. Ryan and Becca were going to be travelling with us to Oregon for my Dad’s services and this was one place they wanted to see. So we did! It was just an overnight trip and made for some very long driving days but it was worth it. It was fun to see some big horn sheep near the Bright Angel Trail (we only went a very short way) We also saw a mule train snaking its way down.

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