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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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Sep 10, 2013 - To the South Rim of Grand Canyon

The morning started early with a Sin-continental breakfast of muffins from Safeway, not even a coffee! We left in cloudy weather with some hope, after all we were in the Arizona desert where it never rains. Stopped 40 miles down the road in Winslow were we at least got the latter. Did a bit more Route 66 but ended up running away yet again from the storms. Chased us all the way into Flagstaff where we ended up with lunch at a takeaway beside the servo. Dressing again in wet weather gear that kept us partially dry the day before, we started...

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USA HD Trip 2013

Sep 7, 2013 - Day 19 Saturday Aug. 31

Our first full day at Grand Canyon and after stops at only two overlooks, it’s raining!! Of all the nerve. The views of what we did see this morning are gorgeous. The magnificence defies description. The first impression I have of the canyon is overwhelming mass. The size is like nothing I’ve seen before and, of course, the beauty is astounding. We purchased a couple of books with information about the canyon and its formation that were very much enjoying. It’s nice to get some background because looking at the enormity of the canyon, it’s...

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Western Sojourn

Sep 7, 2013 - Gand Canyon NP

Although it was a bit of a drive from Virgin, we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. We parked at the Visitor Center and then walked to Bright Angel Point, which is a 1/4 walk (each way) along a narrow, up and down path that has steep drop offs and only a few guard rails (very few). Our next stop was at the Roosevelt Point lookout. With closed roads and an approaching storm, we decided to head back to the campground.

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G&L's Travels

Sep 7, 2013 - Day 20 Sunday Sept. 1

A beautiful, sunny day awaited us this morning. The views of the canyon were spectacular when enhanced by the early-day sun. We decided to take the bus tour to the far western reaches of the canyon that are only accessed by bus. The NPS has instituted this type of shuttle service in many parks in an effort to reduce pollution and traffic congestion. A wise idea. The overlooks in this section of the park allow you to experience a bit more of the enormity of this incredible place. As far as you can see, and then some, is canyon…a mystifying...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Day 18 Friday Aug. 30 To the Grand

Our day began with eight deer wandering through our campsite and the site next door. I’m blown away by how tame these mule deer are. Then on the way to the camp store to buy ice as we left, there was another small herd of deer crossing the road and one of them was a buck. We hadn’t seen anything but does up to this point. There were several does in this group and one of them took off on a dead run after crossing the road and the young buck was hot in pursuit. I guess it is that time of year. Our next exciting stop was a Walmart for some...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Leaving the Grand Canyon

On August 11, Steve, Phil and Murray said good bye to Glenn and Dana. They all left the river same way .. . via helicopter from the bottom to the Bar 10 ranch. At the ranch, Vision aircraft took some people back to Marble Canyon (those arriving via car) and others to Las Vegas. See the photos for the views from the helicopter. Murray, Phil and Steve arrived at Marble Canyon and re-packed the truck to accommodate 3 people and baggage. They then drove 120 miles to Zion National Park.. where the found a campsite and bought groceries.

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Aug 9, 2013 - More and More rafting photos

Here is a quick summary of the fellow guests.. Family of 4 from Philadelphia. (father -- vascular surgeon, mother -- family therapist). couple from New Jersey (nursing manager (wife) and manager (husband).. family of 5 from London (independently wealthy .. heiress from Carnegie (long story), family of 4 from Calgary (wife .. clinical psychologist, father oil industry, dentist and son from San Jose, retired lawyer and family of 4 from North Carolina. Everyone mixed well.. and by the end of the week they all joined Phil in calling Glenn on...

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