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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 - Gand Canyon NP

Although it was a bit of a drive from Virgin, we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. We parked at the Visitor Center and then walked to Bright Angel Point, which is a 1/4 walk (each way) along a narrow, up and down path that has steep drop offs and only a few guard rails (very few). Our next stop was at the Roosevelt Point lookout. With closed roads and an approaching storm, we decided to head back to the campground.

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Aug 31, 2013 - Day 18 Friday Aug. 30 To the Grand

Our day began with eight deer wandering through our campsite and the site next door. I’m blown away by how tame these mule deer are. Then on the way to the camp store to buy ice as we left, there was another small herd of deer crossing the road and one of them was a buck. We hadn’t seen anything but does up to this point. There were several does in this group and one of them took off on a dead run after crossing the road and the young buck was hot in pursuit. I guess it is that time of year. Our next exciting stop was a Walmart for some...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Leaving the Grand Canyon

On August 11, Steve, Phil and Murray said good bye to Glenn and Dana. They all left the river same way .. . via helicopter from the bottom to the Bar 10 ranch. At the ranch, Vision aircraft took some people back to Marble Canyon (those arriving via car) and others to Las Vegas. See the photos for the views from the helicopter. Murray, Phil and Steve arrived at Marble Canyon and re-packed the truck to accommodate 3 people and baggage. They then drove 120 miles to Zion National Park.. where the found a campsite and bought groceries.

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Aug 9, 2013 - More and More rafting photos

Here is a quick summary of the fellow guests.. Family of 4 from Philadelphia. (father -- vascular surgeon, mother -- family therapist). couple from New Jersey (nursing manager (wife) and manager (husband).. family of 5 from London (independently wealthy .. heiress from Carnegie (long story), family of 4 from Calgary (wife .. clinical psychologist, father oil industry, dentist and son from San Jose, retired lawyer and family of 4 from North Carolina. Everyone mixed well.. and by the end of the week they all joined Phil in calling Glenn on...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Even More rafting photos

The seating options on a "J rig" boat.. are riding the pontoons up front.. sitting on the ice chest (elevated front view of the oncoming waves) or on the "princess pads".. laying sideways to the river but sheltered behind the people siting on the ice chest. Each person must be holding on two ropes with both hands. The front position presents the most risk of being dislodged by the waves. Although the front riders experience the most up and down movement due to elasticity of the pontoons.. these riders get drenched. The riders on the ice...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Raft Trip... more photos

The rafting trip had 4 guides.. Steve Wiley, Wren, Andrew and Lane. Steve was the overall expedition leader.. This was his 104 trip down the Grand Canyon leading groups. He is 41 years old.. and in the summer he works as a Ski Patrol member at a ski resort in Utah. Although he likes his job, he is wondering about the future. Wiley and Wren pilot each of the two boats through the rapids. Lane and Andrew are watching the guests to make sure they are in secure positions and holding on and are prepared to make rescues. A guide has to have...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Grand Canyon....Again

Thur., July 18th – Grand Canyon…round two. So glad we scouted out the area a couple of weeks ago. We knew just which parking lot to hit and which trail to head down to walk the South Rim from Shine of the Ages to Mather Point. The views were just as inspiring on this return trip, and the temps were much cooler. Paulo had another long walk with Martin in the backpack…but knowing how active that little guy is, it was nice to know he couldn’t charge over the edge. We took the Desert View drive to exit the park on Hwy 89 in the direction of our...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Grand Canyon

Sun., June 30th – Our day began at 6am. We made it to the Shrine of the Ages in Grand Canyon Village 40 min. before the Grand Canyon Baptist Church service was to begin. So, we decided to use the extra time to get our first peek at the canyon. We started off down Rim Trail that begins just below the Shrine building. A ¼ mile walk through the shady pines brought us to the open skies and the most awesome chasm the mind can imagine. We had just enough time to snap a few pictures before heading back for church. The pastor’s theme was “not...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Grand Canyon to Anaheim

A very early start of 4.50 am. Sonia and Charlie went to see the sunrise but from where we were it was less dramatic than the sun set. One thing you really notice is the peacefulness of the Grand Canyon. You can't help but wonder about the countless times the sun has risen and set over all this splendour before. After such an early rise it was in the car and back to Los Angeles to settle in for our Disney land stint. It was a very long drive 8 hours and we all arrived very glad to see the pool with water slides. The hotel was right at...

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Evans USA 2013

Jun 20, 2013 - Grand Canyon

Began the morning with a bush walk along the Bright Angel trail. There were some people walking up who had started walking from the actual river and had begun at 3.30 am- it was 10am when the reached the top. We saw a Condor sitting on a ledge which was pretty special and we walked a lot of the trail of time, learning about the ages of the rocks. It is amazing to think that right across the Canyon was once flat and it has been washed away over the last 6million years and the bottom layers are dated at 2billion years old. We went to a...

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Evans USA 2013

Jun 1, 2013 - A funny thing happened on the way to the Amphitheater

Please note: I'm posting in the car and don't have the bandwith to post photos. (Please be impressed by my techy jargon.) They will be added later this weekend, so please check back! Joke/riddle of the day is from Rex, our tour guide/bus driver: How often do people go over the edge of Grand Canyon? Answer at the end. We started the day with a bus tour coordinated by Ann Winkel. The tour took us east along the south rim with several stops before arriving at the Desert View Watchtower. Built in 1932, it is one of many buildings designed by...

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