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Mar 8, 2015 - Arizona - The Grand Canyon

From Page we drove to the Grand Canyon, where we lucked out (though my initial thought was that it was bad luck, not good, because I wasn’t sure I would make it) and managed to get last minute beds at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the canyon. We walked from the top to the bottom in 7 hours, and since they warn you that it will take twice as long to come up as go down, I expected a very long return hike. But my knees do much better at uphill than downhill (as some Second Sixties hikers can attest to!) and we actually made it up in 7 1/2...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Phoenix via Sonoran Desert to Grand Canyon

Today temperatures of 85F were predicted but it would get much cooler this afternoon when we climb higher. Leaving the hotel suburb we saw orange trees in gardens and dry river beds which had flooded last year. On the outskirts were casinos, often on native land as they earn a premium from them. Out of 320 million population only 2 million are native Americans, biggest tribe is Navaho with 300,000. Highway 101 North then Black Canyon highway/Interstate 17 took us on a steady climb of 1000 feet and along miles of cacti lined road until they...

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Feb 3, 2015 - South and East Rim of the Canyon-Desert View Lookout

We spent a second day at the Grand Canyon sightseeing and hiking.We drove thru the Kaibab National Forest along the South Rim, Stopping off at senic lookouts. It was all so amazing and I took so many pictures it's hard to pick out a limited # for the journal! We stopped at the Tusayan Pueblo Ruins in the park. They were constructed around A.D. 1185. We then continued onto the Desert View Lookout Tower with more amazing views! We then went to an Indian Trading Post in the town of Cameron on the Indian Resesvation for a late lunch. After...

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Feb 2, 2015 - South Rim-Hermits Rest Trail

Today we drove into the Grand Canyon National Park and explored the south rim and followed Hermits Rest trail for numerous overlooks of the canyon. The weather today was sunny and in the 60's. The ranger said normally this time of year the temp would be around 17 degrees. Our first view of the canyon was breathtaking and hard to imagine anything so expansive! During our exploring we saw many Elk,Mule Deer, Donkeys, coyote, and even a bunny rabbit.It was a very enjoyable day.Tomorrow we are returning to explore the east rim and some Indian...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Grand Canyon and RR

The Grand Canyon Need I say more? Just hearing or seeing those words conjures up ones’ own memories of past experiences, or perceptions of what might be seen by those who have not yet been there. My visit was, admittedly, rather short, and only whets the appetite for more, but if I had to choose between a short visit or none at all, I would take the short visit any day. My method of arrival and departure was a first, however, as I opted to take the Grand Canyon Railroad out of Williams. There are multiple levels of passage, and I splurged...

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Jan 13, 2015 - The Grand Canyon is very grand!

After driving over the dam we drove on to Williams, Arizona for our two night stay. It was really quiet, but they say in the summer it is quite the hopping place. Here we caught the train to the Grand Canyon, a historic train with a gunfight re-enactment before we left, and entertainment on the train. The sing-along was great, especially with Mike leading us less talented singers. And then we're there! The pictures can't do it any justice, you have to see it yourself, if you ever get the chance. There were some clouds on the north rim, so...

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Jan 12, 2015 - The Grand Canyon

A wild west shoot out to start our morning, I think so. We woke up and made our way over to the train station, but stopped on the way to watch the shootout staged for everyone. It was quite comical and set the tone for the day. We then made our way to our train car for our two and a half hour ride up to the Grand Canyon. The staff along the way were very informative and entertaining. It definitely made the trip fly by, although we did enjoy the amazing changing scenery and our hostess' sense of humour. We arrived at the Grand Canyon around...

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Jan 11, 2015 - The Dam has no water

We started our day with a drive over the Hoover Dam, actually two of them as there is only one way down. They brought the interstate through and decided to close the smaller highway. Due to 9/11 one inspector comes in and checks out the RV and another goes around the outside and has you open all the basement compartments, to make sure there are no threats to the dam, and then we were off. Amazing the view from the top especially as the water is so low. It is easy to see how bad the drought is here. We took some pictures from the supposed...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Grand Canyon NP (West Rim)

The West Rim is accessible by ether Shuttle Bus, walking/hiking or bicycle. Shuttle bus service on Hermit Road provides transportation between the South Rim Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles) with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The route is in operation between March 1 and November 30. During that time, the road is closed to private vehicles....

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Oct 1, 2014 - Kaibab/Tonto/Bright Angel

One of my favorite South Rim hikes is a combination of trails starting at the South Kaibab trailhead. Hike 4.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail, take the West Tonto Trail for 4 miles across to Indian Garden, which is located on the Bright Angel Trail. Relax and enjoy lunch at Indian Gardens before the final 4.5 mile ascent up the Bright Angel Trail, for a total of 13 miles. One of my hiking goals is to do a Rim to Rim hike. Start at the North Kaibab Trailhead located at the North Rim. Hike the 15 miles down to Phantom Ranch, spend the...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Trail of Time

The Trail of Time is an interpretive walking timeline that focuses on Grand Canyon vistas and rocks and invites visitors to ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rock layers and landscapes. The exhibit follows the existing paved rim trail on the South Rim of Grand Canyon between Yavapai Observation Station and Grand Canyon Village and is marked by brass markers every meter, representing one million years of time. Viewing tubes and other interpretive materials help visitors...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Grand Canyon NP (South Rim Trail)

Grand Canyon National Park is the United States' 15th oldest national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park covers 1,217,262 acres of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties. Grand Canyon National Park was named as an official national park in 1919, but the landmark had been well known to Americans for over thirty years prior. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the site and said: "The Grand...

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