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May 21, 2014 - Monument Vista to Hermit's Rest

Wednesday, 21-May – Grand Canyon N.P. (South Rim) Trip miles: 5 miles Route taken: to Park Headquarters and the Community Library Average Gas mileage: 26.6mpg Weather: cool in the morning (45F) increasing to about 68F by afternoon, windy all day Elevation: 7120ft <-> 6650ft Highlights: - Pima Point, Hermit's Rest and the top of Hermit's Trail - discovering the lovely Community Library at the Park Headquarters It was generally cooler today than yesterday and the wind made it feel even colder. I wore my windbreaker most of the day, even...

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May 20, 2014 - Yavapai Geology Museum to Monument Vista

Tuesday, 20-May – Grand Canyon N.P. (South Rim) Trip miles: 5 miles Route taken: to Backcountry Permit Office and the shower/laundry building Average Gas mileage: 26.6mpg Weather: cool in the morning (55F) increasing to mid 70s by afternoon, windy all day Elevation: 7120ft <-> 6668ft Highlights: - getting the backcountry permit to camp at Indian Gardens on Friday and Saturday night - seeing elk wandering through the campground this morning - awesome views from the Western Rim Trail - experiencing the Trail of Time along the Rim Trail ...

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May 19, 2014 - South Rim, Grand Canyon

Monday, 19-May – Grand Canyon N.P. (South Rim) Trip miles: 5 miles Route taken: to Backcountry Permit Office and the shower/laundry building Average Gas mileage: 26.6mpg Weather: cool in the morning (55F) increasing to mid 80s by afternoon, windy all day Elevation: 6952ft -> 7262ft Highlights: - getting #1 ticket for tomorrow's Backcountry Permit issue - hiking the South Kaibab trail down to Cedar Ridge and back up without major problems - seeing a Utah Agave flowering along the east Rim Trail near Yaki Point We were up early today and...

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May 18, 2014 - North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Date: May 18, 2014 Tonight’s Location: Jacob Lake, AZ Mileage: End - 41669 Start - 41445 Total Miles for the day: 224 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 65º in Zion Canyon this am High 66º at the North Rim, Grand Canyon Wildlife count: Big Horn Sheep, Mule deer, Bison, Kaibab Squirrel Year List: 255 Birds: Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Western Meadowlark, Pine Siskin, Western Bluebird, American Robin, Brewer’s Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Tanager,...

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Going West 2014

May 18, 2014 - Holbrook to Grand Canyon National Park

Sunday, 18-May – Holbrook, AZ to Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) via Flagstaff Trip miles: 178 miles Route taken: I-40 → AZ-64 → South Entrance Road All road surfaces today were paved but rough and deteriorating, probably due to volume of traffic Average Gas mileage: 26.4mpg, perhaps due to tailwind on AZ-64 and 55mph speeds Weather: mild morning (~45F), hot (~81F) afternoon, with increasing winds Elevation: 5082ft -> 6800ft Highlights: the Grand Canyon!!! We were on the road by 8:30 this morning - leaving before the wind made our...

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May 16, 2014 - North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Driving towards the North Rim is always so pretty with its rolling green meadows. We did the side drive up to Cape Royal. What a drive and view. If you did only this it would be worth it. Visited the Lodge and did a couple of short hikes. So glad we made the trip around to this side.

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May 7, 2014 - Visiting South Rim of Grand Canyon

Hi friends and family! It has been a crazy summer and we are obviously just now getting around to posting pictures. We have posted some pics on and off to Facebook, but have selected mostly different ones for M.T.J. We were scheduled to leave home on May 6th, but a storm with high winds came through AZ, so decided to postpone for a day. Met our friends, Bill, Sharon and Joyce in Flagstaff for one night and continued on to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a week at the Trailer Village campground. We were visited by elk right in the...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Day 5 - The Grand Canyon

Evening Parents, So, today we crossed our third straight line and maintained our record of at least 1 group photo a day. I'm going to try and attach some photos to the blog later but I don't fancy my chances with this wifi. Anyway, as I mentioned we crossed another state line today when we crossed Lake Mead to enter the state of Arizona. Before we did that though we were fortunate enough to be taken to the largest gift (more like 'tat') shop in the world. If you look carefully at the photos (if I manage to upload them) then you might be...

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BBEC WEST COAST 2014

Apr 11, 2014 - Williams, Nevada to San Antonio, Texas

Hi all, An update since we checked in last... Been to the Grand Canyon, through snow in Flagstaff, AZ. Found a lovely Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico; hiked, shopped and were amazed by the beauty of the people, the art and the sky. Leaving Santa Fe, we drove through Area 54 to Carlsbad, NM. Carlsbad Caverns were nothing short of amazing. Thanks Elle and Steve. After a rest in Ft Stockton, TX, we headed off to San Antonio. The Riverwalk, the Alamo and the beautiful historic district of King Williams have not disappointed. The cool breeze through...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Snow at the Grand Canyon!

From: Williams, AZ. To: The Grand Canyon via the Train,on April 2, 2014. As predicted it snowed today at the Grand Canyon, besides being really cold and windy! Thankfully we dressed for cold weather. I had to dig around to find my wool socks, hiking boots, gloves and furry Elmer Fudd hat, but I was glad that I did. (I had people ask me if they could buy that dorky hat from me, it was that cold!) We left the RV @ 0830 and walked Miss Zoey over to the doggie day care for the day. We had done all the paperwork the day before, so all we had...

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Mar 30, 2014 - brrr...

A cold front arrived yesterday bringing overcast, but the temperature stayed mild. We were surprised that the overcast did not affect the canyon views, as yesterday's photos illustrate. But overnight the cold really arrived bringing extremely gusty winds. There were times when it felt like the motor home would take off and fly away. So we stayed home and enjoyed the elk that were feeding in the campground. They were outside our window when we awoke and cruised around eating what green stuff they could find for hours. It was fun to watch...

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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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