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Jul 31, 2015 - # 2 Vegas Baby!!

Since we had an 8:00A flight from MSP to Vegas, we were up pretty darn early at the Gee Hilton. Our plan was to take the 5:15A bus downtown, then catch the light rail line out to the airport, giving us plenty of time for the always overpriced coffee and pastry at MSP. Grace dutifully rechecked the public transit website and we made the 5 minute walk to the bus stop with 10 minutes to spare for the 5:15 - and then we waited, and waited and waited. Just like the UWSP website, the public transit site was wrong, wrong, wrong. As we killed time,...

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A Trip Of A Lifetime

Jul 30, 2015 - #1 A Trip Of A Lifetime

Like most folks, the Grand Canyon has always had a special allure for Jill and me. While we had only visited this wonderful national park once previously, it is one of those wild places that has held a spot in our hearts. I have always wanted to experience the canyon a bit more personally, but without scaring myself to death on the hiking trails or wearing out my butt on some mule. I don’t know if it was karma or what, but last winter I discovered that UW-Stevens Point Adventure Tours was offering a “Raft The Grand Canyon” trip August 1-8,...

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A Trip Of A Lifetime

Jun 25, 2015 - Descent to Phantom Ranch - The Bottom of the Grand Canyon

I always enjoy sharing things with our friends around the world, and family at home. This entry in particular brings me a lot of joy to send out. It’s special, because it involves a place very few people get to see. Even those fortunate enough to visit the Grand Canyon rarely venture beyond the rim itself. (Less than 1% to be precise) Only half of those ever make it to the bottom of the canyon. This is where we’re taking you in this entry. Beyond the great sunsets, sweeping vistas and the hazy view of the canyon from the rim, (And all those...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Grand Canyon - North Rim

From Winslow we drove through northeastern Arizona through the Hopi Reservation. The Hopi are a tribe of Native American people. They are one of the tribes that have repeatedly voted against gambling casinos as an economic opportunity. They have their own tribal government and an elected Tribal Council. The name Hopi is a shortened form of their full name, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu meaning "The Peaceful People". They were very friendly and spent some time explaining how they make their unique pottery. From selecting the clay from the surrounding...

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Jun 9, 2015 - The Hermit Trail-Dripping Springs

Greetings all. Here we are again, a thousand miles apart, but taking a few minutes together to break away from the “man-made” world in order to enjoy a little of the REAL one all around us. Breathe in the fresh air… get a little dirty… enjoy the view… smell the flowers… and sit on a rock in the shade for some lunch. Today’s trip is a little “stroll” down the Hermit Trail, with a detour to the Dripping Springs. I won’t give too much away… but I can tell you there was a lot of color on this trip, and yes… a spring… that also drips. Unlike...

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Jun 4, 2015 - North Rim, Grand Canyon

Todays goal is to go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will be staying at Kaibab RV Village for a couple nights. It took us about 5+ hours. We set up and put our jackets on for the evening. We went from 105 degrees to 74. Tomorrow we will go visit the North Rim. We took them to the South Rim last year. The North Rim is so much prettier and less populated than the South Rim. It is about a 40 mile drive from our campsite.

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May 27, 2015 - Hiking into the Canyon - South Kaibab Trail

Welcome back to the Grand Canyon, friends. Today, we’re going for a little walk… In my continuing effort to show you something other than a never-ending stream of “canyon rim landscapes” for the next four months. After all… the view is so much nicer down in the canyon, with no haze, or great distances to distort or otherwise obscure the scenery. The colors are brighter, the environment is different, and there are even a few wildflowers and cactus blooms to add a splash of color to the arid landscape. Today we'll be hiking the South Kaibab...

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May 25, 2015 - Grand Canyon National Park

Extraordinaire se paysage qu`est le Grand Canyon du Colorado. L`une des sept merveilles naturelle du monde dit-on. Avec ses vallées vertigineuses, ses gouffres, ses fissures…wow. Sur 446 km de long, c`est le plus fastueux univers minéral de la planète. Toutes ces couches de roches et de sédiments aux couleurs variées s`ajoute à l`immensité de l`endroit où le Fleuve Colorado a fait son nid au centre depuis des millions d`années. Nous nous attendions à grand mais c`était encore plus grand. Grosse journée pour les enfants car nous avons fait...

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May 19, 2015 - The Grand Canyon

We began the day with a fabulous breakfast at the El Tovar. This lodge is very nice. Richly appointed with beautiful woodwork throughout, beautiful antiques and many prairie like appointments. It was built here close to the train depot for those travellers coming by train. That train still arrives daily from Williams AZ. We begin the day with a trip to the Desert View area of the Park. Here is Mary Colter's Watchtower. From there we again see spectacular views of the Canyon and the Colorado River below. Mary Colter was a very interesting...

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May 18, 2015 - Montezuma 's Castle, Sedona and the Grand Canyon

We are on the road! As we drive out of Phoenix we drive thrrough Scottsdale with great views of Camelback. We have been here a couple of times in the last 2 days but it is a great sight. Our morning stop is Montezuma's Castle, a 12th & 13th century Native American cliff dwelling. What we could see was a 5 story 20 room dwelling. It was about 100 feet above the Verde Valley. Early American settlers assumed that the structure was Aztec in origin and hence named it Montezuma's Castle. It is now believed that the area was agriculturally settled...

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May 1, 2015 - Grand Canyon

415 miles from Bisbee to Grand Canyon! It was about 6 hours of driving, through 95* weather in Phoenix (thank gosh for the powerful A/C in the new truck!). Our first night, we stayed at the Desert View campground, which is on the East side of the Canyon. About 30 miles from the entrance gate. Our campground host was from Farmington, Maine! We were able to catch sunset over the Canyon. What a beautiful site! The next day we moved campgrounds, over to the bigger, more populous campground called Mather Campground. They have over 400 sites...

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Our Road Trip

Apr 27, 2015 - Snow, Critters, Drama, and the FBI

Good morning, campers… It’s another “gorgeous” day at the canyon. Never mind those 30 degree early morning temperatures, the sun’s coming out to turn up the heat to a comfy 68 or so. It may be cool up here at 7000 ft, but to all the elk, mule deer, squirrels, and other critters… it’s springtime. (Just don’t try to tell that to all the tourists showing up in shorts and t-shirts.) There’s not a day that goes by, we don’t have elk grazing near the camper, or rabbits, squirrels, and a myriad of interesting birds. Breezy loves it here, although...

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