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Aug 7, 2013 - Raft Trip... more photos

The rafting trip had 4 guides.. Steve Wiley, Wren, Andrew and Lane. Steve was the overall expedition leader.. This was his 104 trip down the Grand Canyon leading groups. He is 41 years old.. and in the summer he works as a Ski Patrol member at a ski resort in Utah. Although he likes his job, he is wondering about the future. Wiley and Wren pilot each of the two boats through the rapids. Lane and Andrew are watching the guests to make sure they are in secure positions and holding on and are prepared to make rescues. A guide has to have...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Grand Canyon....Again

Thur., July 18th – Grand Canyon…round two. So glad we scouted out the area a couple of weeks ago. We knew just which parking lot to hit and which trail to head down to walk the South Rim from Shine of the Ages to Mather Point. The views were just as inspiring on this return trip, and the temps were much cooler. Paulo had another long walk with Martin in the backpack…but knowing how active that little guy is, it was nice to know he couldn’t charge over the edge. We took the Desert View drive to exit the park on Hwy 89 in the direction of our...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Grand Canyon

Sun., June 30th – Our day began at 6am. We made it to the Shrine of the Ages in Grand Canyon Village 40 min. before the Grand Canyon Baptist Church service was to begin. So, we decided to use the extra time to get our first peek at the canyon. We started off down Rim Trail that begins just below the Shrine building. A ¼ mile walk through the shady pines brought us to the open skies and the most awesome chasm the mind can imagine. We had just enough time to snap a few pictures before heading back for church. The pastor’s theme was “not...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Grand Canyon to Anaheim

A very early start of 4.50 am. Sonia and Charlie went to see the sunrise but from where we were it was less dramatic than the sun set. One thing you really notice is the peacefulness of the Grand Canyon. You can't help but wonder about the countless times the sun has risen and set over all this splendour before. After such an early rise it was in the car and back to Los Angeles to settle in for our Disney land stint. It was a very long drive 8 hours and we all arrived very glad to see the pool with water slides. The hotel was right at...

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Evans USA 2013

Jun 20, 2013 - Grand Canyon

Began the morning with a bush walk along the Bright Angel trail. There were some people walking up who had started walking from the actual river and had begun at 3.30 am- it was 10am when the reached the top. We saw a Condor sitting on a ledge which was pretty special and we walked a lot of the trail of time, learning about the ages of the rocks. It is amazing to think that right across the Canyon was once flat and it has been washed away over the last 6million years and the bottom layers are dated at 2billion years old. We went to a...

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Evans USA 2013

Jun 1, 2013 - A funny thing happened on the way to the Amphitheater

Please note: I'm posting in the car and don't have the bandwith to post photos. (Please be impressed by my techy jargon.) They will be added later this weekend, so please check back! Joke/riddle of the day is from Rex, our tour guide/bus driver: How often do people go over the edge of Grand Canyon? Answer at the end. We started the day with a bus tour coordinated by Ann Winkel. The tour took us east along the south rim with several stops before arriving at the Desert View Watchtower. Built in 1932, it is one of many buildings designed by...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Our Last Day

As we sat having breakfast this morning we realized that since we left home on May 6 we have had exactly 2 part days of rain. As of tomorrow we will have been on the road for 4 weeks. Amazing. The weather, I mean. This is our last day at the Grand Canyon and the DW is determined that we will see and do it all. I suggested all the following things and she refused them all. Riding the mules to the bottom, staying at Phantom Ranch and riding back. Taking a white water raft ride through the canyon. A helicopter ride. An airplane ride. Instead...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Death in the Canyon (or at least a close call)

Joke of the Day is from an old Johnny Carson shtick, Carnac the Magnificent. Answer: Sis Boom Bah. Thursday, our last full day in Grand Canyon, was set aside for site seeing and hiking. Ann, Garrett and Brad were going to hike Bright Angel Trail. This trail descends to the floor of the Canyon and is ranked the 6th most dangerous trail in the country by the Sierra Club. The hike to the floor is a two-day affair requiring much training and preparation. Our hikers had their sights set on Indian Garden, a mid-way point about 10 miles round...

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May 31, 2013 - NHL Tickets????

Another site changing morning. While waiting we did some research and found out that Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Final will be Chicago at La on Monday June 10. That is exactly when we will be driving from San Diego to San Francisco. Our friend Tanner Pearson was called up to the LA Kings for the playoffs after his team, the Manchester Monarchs, lost in the AHL playoffs. He played in a game against the San Jose Sharks but has been a healthy scratch since. I fired off a text to Tanner to see if he could get us tickets. What a bonus...

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May 30, 2013 - IMAX and Elk.

Another beautiful blue sky morning. I never get sick of saying that. Daytime highs 75 F. Night time lows 50 F. we have to change sites this morning. Can't until 11:00 AM so we decide to go to Tusayan to see the IMAX film made by National Geographic. Really good. Got some gas, just a little. $4.29/gal compared to $3.69 in Williams. Back to the campground to move sites. Had some lunch and then drove to the visitors center and took the Orange shuttle east along the rim. More great pictures at all the stops. Saw the mules that take people and...

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May 29, 2013 - Grand Canyon!

Today’s joke from Frank is an oldie but a goodie. What do Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber and Jodi Arias have in common? Answer at the end of the blog! I think the search for a size 255 40ZR 17 tire has come to an end. Larry got on the phone at 8 a.m. and got one ordered in Flagstaff. He and Bob took the Mustang to the tire shop and left it so when the tire arrives it can be put on and Bob can pick it up later in the week to head on to California. I hope to never have to deal with a Mustang with bad tires again. I’ve done my time. We left...

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May 29, 2013 - Awesome!!!!!

Another beautiful morning. Clear blue sky. Didn't get as cold as we anticipated last night. Furnace only came on once about 5:30 AM. Good. We won't have any battery problems. We can use generator twice a day. 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Lots of time to re-charge batteries and electronics. Got ourselves organized to start our adventure. We drove to the parking lot at the campground entrance and got the Blue Shuttle to the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. The operate four shuttles here. Blue in and around the Market Plaza and Grand...

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