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Jan 26, 2015 - Grand Canyon and RR

The Grand Canyon Need I say more? Just hearing or seeing those words conjures up ones’ own memories of past experiences, or perceptions of what might be seen by those who have not yet been there. My visit was, admittedly, rather short, and only whets the appetite for more, but if I had to choose between a short visit or none at all, I would take the short visit any day. My method of arrival and departure was a first, however, as I opted to take the Grand Canyon Railroad out of Williams. There are multiple levels of passage, and I splurged...

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Jan 13, 2015 - The Grand Canyon is very grand!

After driving over the dam we drove on to Williams, Arizona for our two night stay. It was really quiet, but they say in the summer it is quite the hopping place. Here we caught the train to the Grand Canyon, a historic train with a gunfight re-enactment before we left, and entertainment on the train. The sing-along was great, especially with Mike leading us less talented singers. And then we're there! The pictures can't do it any justice, you have to see it yourself, if you ever get the chance. There were some clouds on the north rim, so...

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Winter West

Jan 12, 2015 - The Grand Canyon

A wild west shoot out to start our morning, I think so. We woke up and made our way over to the train station, but stopped on the way to watch the shootout staged for everyone. It was quite comical and set the tone for the day. We then made our way to our train car for our two and a half hour ride up to the Grand Canyon. The staff along the way were very informative and entertaining. It definitely made the trip fly by, although we did enjoy the amazing changing scenery and our hostess' sense of humour. We arrived at the Grand Canyon around...

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Jan 11, 2015 - The Dam has no water

We started our day with a drive over the Hoover Dam, actually two of them as there is only one way down. They brought the interstate through and decided to close the smaller highway. Due to 9/11 one inspector comes in and checks out the RV and another goes around the outside and has you open all the basement compartments, to make sure there are no threats to the dam, and then we were off. Amazing the view from the top especially as the water is so low. It is easy to see how bad the drought is here. We took some pictures from the supposed...

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Winter West

Oct 2, 2014 - Grand Canyon NP (West Rim)

The West Rim is accessible by ether Shuttle Bus, walking/hiking or bicycle. Shuttle bus service on Hermit Road provides transportation between the South Rim Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles) with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The route is in operation between March 1 and November 30. During that time, the road is closed to private vehicles....

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Oct 1, 2014 - Kaibab/Tonto/Bright Angel

One of my favorite South Rim hikes is a combination of trails starting at the South Kaibab trailhead. Hike 4.5 miles down the South Kaibab Trail, take the West Tonto Trail for 4 miles across to Indian Garden, which is located on the Bright Angel Trail. Relax and enjoy lunch at Indian Gardens before the final 4.5 mile ascent up the Bright Angel Trail, for a total of 13 miles. One of my hiking goals is to do a Rim to Rim hike. Start at the North Kaibab Trailhead located at the North Rim. Hike the 15 miles down to Phantom Ranch, spend the...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Trail of Time

The Trail of Time is an interpretive walking timeline that focuses on Grand Canyon vistas and rocks and invites visitors to ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rock layers and landscapes. The exhibit follows the existing paved rim trail on the South Rim of Grand Canyon between Yavapai Observation Station and Grand Canyon Village and is marked by brass markers every meter, representing one million years of time. Viewing tubes and other interpretive materials help visitors...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Grand Canyon NP (South Rim Trail)

Grand Canyon National Park is the United States' 15th oldest national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park covers 1,217,262 acres of unincorporated area in Coconino and Mohave counties. Grand Canyon National Park was named as an official national park in 1919, but the landmark had been well known to Americans for over thirty years prior. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the site and said: "The Grand...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Grand Canyon NP (East Rim/Desert View)

Desert View Drive is a scenic route to the east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 25 miles out to the Desert View Watchtower and East Entrance. Along the way, six developed canyon viewpoints, four picnic areas, and five unmarked pullouts are accessible with private vehicles, in addition to the Tusayan Ruin and Museum. The Desert View services area includes the Watchtower and gift shop, trading post and snack bar, visitor center/bookstore, marketplace, service station, campground, and restrooms. Desert View...

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Sep 21, 2014 - South Rim of the Grand Canyon AZ

The Grand Canyon, one of Earth's most powerful, inspiring landscapes, is overwhelming. We have been there three times before and we were astounded by the beauty of the Canyon itself but amazed how the infrastructure has grown. Right outside the park is a whole new town - Tusayan. We had expected that the place would not be crowded this time of year. The first clue that we were wrong was the number of cars at the entrance even though there were six lanes open. A "campground full" sign greeted us as we checked in. Fortunately we had made...

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Aug 21, 2014 - Grand Canyon National Park

Even though rain threatened, we were able to drive out to Desert View and visit many viewpoints on the way back. When the cold rains finally came, we drove to Grand Canyon's most elegant rim restaurant, El Tovar. We had drinks, then stayed to have dinner. We met a Ed and Debbie Correy from Jacksonville and found out that he is originally from Union Point, just next to Greensboro, and that he is our doctor (Dr. Bo) 's cousin - talk about small world! We said goodbye to Don and Evelyn this evening as they head back home and we are on to Death...

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2014 Western Trip

Aug 20, 2014 - Grand Canyon, AZ

Don and Evelyn met us early and we took the red bus out to Hermit's Rest, stopping at viewpoints on the way out and back. Then we had lunch at Bright Angel Lodge. Turned out to be a good plan, since the rains came in the afternoon and obscured the canyon again. Late in the afternoon, with some clearing, Ken went out to shoot the sunset. Even though it rained on him one more time, he was able to get not only sunset, but another fantastic DOUBLE RAINBOW!

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2014 Western Trip

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