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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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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 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 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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