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Nov 6, 2015 - Kolb Studio: The Remarkable House You've Never Heard Of

Hello once more, fellow adventurers… I’m back, with my final entry from the Grand Canyon, (for now… we’ll be back next year.) My apologies for the long wait, but working at Amazon has left us with less free time on our hands, and damn if I don’t need me some Judge Judy, football, and Netflix movies to relax these days. This entry concerns a small nondescript building, which now houses a gift shop and sits just off the rim trail in the village. If you were to visit the Grand Canyon over the weekend, Kolb Studio probably wouldn't be a place...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Grand Canyon - South Rim

September 25, 2015 Grand Canyon – South Rim We are staying at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in the RV Park. Before going to the canyon today we experienced an authentic old west shootout, complete with humor, with three bad guys and one marshal. Of course the marshal was the winner. It was very entertaining. This will be our fourth time visiting the Grand Canyon. We were here in 2006, 2011, & 2012. We rode the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ in one of the observation dome cars. We did the same trip in 2006. It was such a smooth...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Grand Canyon National Park

Yesterday Sept. 23rd, we drove up to Grand Canyon National Park. Last time we were here we came up on the train with our good friend Bev. This time we decided to take the truck so we could leave when we wanted to ....no train schedule to deal with. We walked on the South rim, we did this years ago & the trail has really changed. The path that was once dirt is now all asphalt (making it so much easier for the handicap). There are trams to move tourist around, its a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you even if your only walking the rim.

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Sep 19, 2015 - Watchin' the Sun Set, at the Grand Canyon

I'm sure as you read the last entry mentioning "amazing sunsets", you scanned the photos and were like: "Hey, Dave, where are all the sunsets?!!!" Well, here they are. I had a few more than I thought, and it turned out to be too many for that entry. The second most common question we get at the canyon (After; "Where is the Skywalk, it's not on the park map?!") is; "Where's the best place to view the sunset?" Most of these pictures were taken from the Yavapai Museum, because sunsets usually happen while we're working. The most popular...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Bright Angel Trail, our 10k down and UP the Canyon

We went to Mather's Point while the millions of stars wire still shining. One other family was already there. We got our spot to view the sunrise and watched in awe the changes from a starlit sky to colors appearing in the canyon as the sun rose. Amazing God we have! As the sun rose above the East rim, you heard the clicking of hundreds of cameras. What a spectacular shot. Then we went and had a buffet continental breakfast to fuel up for our hike, the bright angel trail. We hiked three miles, what seemed like straight down. My knees...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Mule Ride on the Rim

We went out early to see the sun rise from Mather's Point. Just beautiful. The sun rose and then ducked behind some clouds, even more beautiful. We went on the noon Mule Ride. It was a two hour ride on the East South Rim. So much fun! After our mule ride we rode the shuttle to the west end till sunset. Every stop is a new and beautiful scene.

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Sep 4, 2015 - Life as a Grand Canyon Employee

In a past entry, I talked about the crazy stuff people do at the canyon rim… today, I offer a bit of the lighter side. What follows is a collection of photos depicting daily life at Grand Canyon National Park, (and many national parks, I suspect). Park guests that put a smile on your face, unexpected visits from “the locals”, and a few of our favorite kinds of kids just to name a few. A national park like the Grand Canyon, is an interesting place, because like Vegas, or Disney World, it attracts people from all over the world. It kind of...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Fools Tempting Fate on the Edge

Welcome back to Dave’s Canyon Tours everybody! (And you thought the “Grand Canyon” entries were no more.) Today, I will NOT be taking you out into the canyon. Nor will I show you any images of grand vistas, wildlife, or blue skies. I was inspired some time ago, by stupidity… mine to be precise, to do an entry on a different subject this time around. (Those with a fear of heights, or dummies, may want to skip the photos, lol.) It all began when a young German tourist came into the store, and asked me if the park service had anyone who could...

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Aug 8, 2015 - #10 Enough Is Enough

Just as promised, the Saturday “COFFEE” call came while it was definitely still dark. It had been a beautiful star-studded, moon soaked night, but all of us were happy to be taking down those barely tolerable cots for the last time. As mentioned, we needed to have our stuff in our large duffle and separate from CRATE’s so the transfer to the bus at mile 279 would go smoothly. Breakfast was simple and quick - toasted bagels, oatmeal, fruit and juices. Our fire brigade lines loaded up the rafts for the last time and we were pushing downstream...

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A Trip Of A Lifetime

Aug 7, 2015 - #9 Happy Anniversary?

Fortunately the wind and rain had died sometime during Thursday night. Even more fortunately, yours truly somehow slept all the way until morning without having to crawl out of that tent to make my usual mid-night trip to the river. What joy. We woke to a cloudy day and carefully dragged all of our stuff out to start the morning. Despite the shelter, the bottoms of our sheets and a pillow had gotten semi-soaked and would need to be dried out that evening - hopefully. All of us were a little slow on the uptake this morning, but after some...

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A Trip Of A Lifetime

Aug 6, 2015 - #8 "GAME ON"

On Thursday August 6, after what was now getting to be a bit of a routine (with no quicksand this morning), we were properly packed up and breakfasted and on the river by about 8:30. We had seen several female Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep along the river’s edge on Wednesday and within 2 miles today we came upon several good sized bighorn rams - quite stunning to see them so up close. We had about 11 miles and a couple of rapids (including the aptly named Upset Rapid - rated 7) to run before our major stop of the day, Havasu Creek and Falls....

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Aug 5, 2015 - #7 Well If I Woulda Known

Wednesday, August 5 was one of the few mornings on the river where I woke up well before the “COFFEE!” alarm clock. Given that it was barely getting light and I had 30 minutes to kill, I took flashlight in hand and wandered down by the big beach along our campsite to take a leak, brush my teeth and wash up to the extent possible in the sandy water. Then, while my bride got her last 15 minutes of beauty rest I rolled up my sleeping bag and shoved a bunch of stuff in my waterproof bag. By the time of the COFFEE yell, waking up Jill, I was...

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A Trip Of A Lifetime

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