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Jun 4, 2014 - Grand Canyon

The train leaves for the Canyon at 9:30. At 9:00 there is a Cowboy gun show at the depot which the kids didn't want to miss. The RV park had kennel services so we put Marley there for the day. We aren't sure how he would take a whole day in the motorhome by himself. Sugar doesn't hear and just wants to sleep. We knew she would be okay. She is a veteran at traveling with us. The train goes 65 miles and takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. They have lots of entertainment and play games which makes the trip go by fast. We arrived around noon. We...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Grand Canyon take 2

Today we headed out early and spent most of our time exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive along the canyon is fantastic with heaps of places to stop off and see it at different angles. It is amazing how in such short distances it looks so different. Again it is so hard to describe this amazing place in words and the photos do it no justice. After a while Sam overcame his fear and stood at the edge of the viewing areas to see what he'd been missing. Along the way we saw deer at the side of the road, they were huge. We also...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Yes, it is definitely Grand

Wow, what a day we've had today. We headed out early, keen to get to the Grand Canyon. On our way there we stopped at a zoo that we had read about called Bearizona. It was fantastic, you drive through the first part and the animals are wandering around and there is a narration that comes through the radio in your car. They warn you to keep windows closed and doors locked when near bears and wolves! We saw heaps of Bison, Long Horned Sheep, wolves and black bears - it was really cool watching a bear walk straight past the car only a metre...

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May 28, 2014 - Las Vegas

On 29th we went to a day trip to Grand Canyon. Truly an astounding place. We went to all recommended points and had a phenomenal experience difficult to describe in words. A natural formation of rocks and mountains. This place is a world heritage and is well protected place with lots of care given to the entire ecosystem around it.

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Trip Journal


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May 25, 2014 - The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park Although the Grand Canyon (Colorado River Canyon) is the Main Canyon, it consists of Hundreds of Canyons opening into the Grand Canyon Wikipedia...

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May 24, 2014 - Bright Angel Trail to Colorado River

Saturday, 24-May – Indian Garden → Colorado River Bridge → Indian Garden Trip miles: 11 miles Route taken: Bright Angel Trail and River Trail to Colorado Bridge Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: warm enough to not need gloves (50F?) increasing to about 90F in the Canyon Elevation: 3800ft -> 2480ft Highlights: - wading in the Colorado River (brrrr) - completing my personal best longest hike of the year so far Rangers advise hikers going down into the Canyon to plan on staying at the bottom near the river and hike back up again later in...

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May 23, 2014 - Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden

Friday, 23-May – Mather campground to Indian Garden campground Trip miles: 7.5 miles Route taken: Park road from Mather to the Backcountry office parking lot → walk to Bright Angel Trailhead Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: warm enough to not need gloves (50F?) increasing to about 84F in the canyon Elevation: 6840ft -> 3800ft Highlights: - hiking the 4.5 miles down Bright Angel Trail to our campsite with our heavier backpacks - seeing a hummingbird as we hiked down the trail - watching a lightning storm in the canyon from Plateau...

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May 22, 2014 - Desert View Drive, Grand Canyon South

Thursday, 22-May – Grand Canyon N.P. (South Rim) Trip miles: 40 miles Route taken: Hwy 64 aka Desert View Drive Average Gas mileage: 26.4mpg Weather: cool in the morning (45F) increasing to about 77F by afternoon, only breezy in the afternoon Elevation: 7120ft <-> 7160ft Highlights: - Grandview and Moran Points Today was a rest and prep day to get ready for tomorrow's backpacking hike down Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden. Because we may not have much time on Sunday when we hike back out of the canyon we drove along Desert View Drive...

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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 - 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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