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Mar 29, 2014 - joining the foreigners

Our exploration of the Grand Canyon rim continues. The overlooks for the eastern third of the park are more widely spaced, so shuttle buses do not run there and we could explore it by car. The watch tower is the marker for the eastern end of the park. It looks like some sort of Indian ruin, but is as historic as a sight at Disneyland. Mary Colter, a pioneer female architect who is responsible for many of the other park buildings, designed it from scratch. Although it looks like a stone edifice, inside it is built of steel. She hired local...

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Mar 28, 2014 - hiking the rim trail

So many people flock to the Grand Canyon, crowd management could be a real challenge. But the canyon is huge and people are spread out enjoying all the views. A rim trail borders the canyon for much of the park. The central part near the visitor center is paved so even people in wheel chairs can enjoy the canyon. I like to hike, but tend to over jet, forgetting that whatever distance I have gone has to be repeated to get back. Shuttle buses run along the entire canyon so you can hike until you drop and jump on a shuttle to go back to the...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Grand Canyon

Hello Everyone, Today we visited the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona which was the highlight of my cross country tip so far! The grandeur and vastness of the Canyon is beyond spectacular, and the pictures don’t do it justice! This is just one of those places you must see in person to get the full feeling of size, color & beauty! We stayed at Mather Campground which is right in Grand Canyon National Park. This allowed us to take the shuttle bus at the entrance to the campground to anywhere in the Canyon we wanted to go! We took this shuttle...

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Mar 27, 2014 - up into the cold

I like to take photographs, Ken REALLY likes to take photographs. Sometimes it feels like if he didn't get to take a picture of it, it didn't really happen. When we first married I would get bored at times standing around waiting for him to get that perfect shot. But over time I learned to use this as an opportunity to really observe and notice the beautiful place where we are - smell the roses so to speak. And sometimes I see another angle and take another photograph, too. Ken thought it would be cool to get some photographs of the Grand...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Williams-(last of the 66') The Big Hole - Grand Canyon

Moving day to the Grand Canyon from Sedona. We left our Dry camping site and headed SE to HWY 17, what a grade going from 3500 to 7000 ft. We pulled into Williams for the night,Canyon Gateway RV,($30) lava rock parking lot in this campground. We had NO cable, no WiFi and only 10% of the sites occupied, and not all the water stand pipes work, half of the laundry machines broke down. I have to learn to ask the correct questions. Very windy here in the valley. March 17 St Paddy's day in the town, we are staying another night due to the very...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Grand Canyon Railway

Earlier this month Pete, Bev & I drove up to Williams, Arizona to catch a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. We left Picacho Peak on the 4th, we booked two nights at the Best Western Plus Hotel just on the edge of town. We booked reservations on the train for the 5th, we got up early that morning, drove into town for breakfast & then headed to the train depot. Before boarding the train there was a Wild West Shootout held on the premises, it was fun to watch....but was it ever cold (the bleachers had frost on them). Needless to say the three...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Day Trip: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

We head to Boulder City, Nevada today. No, wait! John checks the computer and finds that the Grand Canyon National Park is open. I double check with our camp office. It is open! We pay for another night. We head north on Route 89. We turn west on Route 64. We arrive at the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park in less than two hours. There are about six cars in front of us at the entrance. The ranger has a big smile on her face and she is talking with everyone. Our first stop is Desert View. We climb to the top of the Watchtower....

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Sep 18, 2013 - Grand Canyon North Rim

This morning we went on a nature hike with one of the Park Rangers. It was a very interesting 1 1/2 mile walk and talk. We saw one very interesting creature -a Kaibab squirrel. It had a very dark body and a Snow White tail. It can only be found here on the North Rim. We had planned on driving the road to Cape Royal and doing a couple of short hikes. But the road was closed for the season last week because of what the recent heavy rains have done to the road. So we went on a 5 mile, round trip, hike on the Widforss trail. Most of it was in...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Page to Grand Canyon North Rim

We drove from Page, AZ, to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. A real nice drive of about 3 hours. Before we got to the Lodge, we stopped at Point Imperial for some spectacular scenery and a 2 mile hike along the rim. It was breath-taking, both literally and figuratively. The altitude was 8,803 and it was tough climbing up some of the slopes on the trail. This is the highest point inside the entire park. We had to wait a couple of hours for our room to be prepared, so we went to an interesting Ranger talk about the geology of the Grand...

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Sep 10, 2013 - To the South Rim of Grand Canyon

The morning started early with a Sin-continental breakfast of muffins from Safeway, not even a coffee! We left in cloudy weather with some hope, after all we were in the Arizona desert where it never rains. Stopped 40 miles down the road in Winslow were we at least got the latter. Did a bit more Route 66 but ended up running away yet again from the storms. Chased us all the way into Flagstaff where we ended up with lunch at a takeaway beside the servo. Dressing again in wet weather gear that kept us partially dry the day before, we started...

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USA HD Trip 2013

Sep 7, 2013 - Day 19 Saturday Aug. 31

Our first full day at Grand Canyon and after stops at only two overlooks, it’s raining!! Of all the nerve. The views of what we did see this morning are gorgeous. The magnificence defies description. The first impression I have of the canyon is overwhelming mass. The size is like nothing I’ve seen before and, of course, the beauty is astounding. We purchased a couple of books with information about the canyon and its formation that were very much enjoying. It’s nice to get some background because looking at the enormity of the canyon, it’s...

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Western Sojourn

Sep 7, 2013 - Day 20 Sunday Sept. 1

A beautiful, sunny day awaited us this morning. The views of the canyon were spectacular when enhanced by the early-day sun. We decided to take the bus tour to the far western reaches of the canyon that are only accessed by bus. The NPS has instituted this type of shuttle service in many parks in an effort to reduce pollution and traffic congestion. A wise idea. The overlooks in this section of the park allow you to experience a bit more of the enormity of this incredible place. As far as you can see, and then some, is canyon…a mystifying...

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Western Sojourn

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