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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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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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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 - 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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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 28, 2013 - We Made It!

Up early as we wanted to get some things done before we left Prescott. Off to Mcdonalds for breakfast. I had noticed that there was a Chevrolet dealer across the street from Camp Walmart so I phoned them at 7:30 AM and took the truck in for an oil change. Walked back to Walmart and did some grocery shopping. By the time we were finished shopping and had things put away they phoned and said the truck was finished. Walked to the dealership and picked up the truck.. Not only had they changed the oil but they had washed it as well. Bonus....

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May 26, 2013 - Grand Canyon

We were picked up at our hotel at 6.40 and travelled to the airport to board our plane to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The flight was excellent. We saw the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Skywalk at the West Rim and finally the awesome Grand Canyon. We were driven to Bright Angel Lodge and given a packed lunch to eat - which we had to protect from over friendly squirrels - while admiring the fantastic view. Then back to the airport for a helicopter ride. Wow! We took so many photos, but I don't think we captured the sheer enormity of the...

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May 23, 2013 - Grand Canyon National Park

We are in Kingman, AZ and have been here since Thursday morning. Having issues getting internet signal, so I've got some catching up to do. Grand Canyon National Park - yes, it's spectacular - again my photos don't do it justice. We spent two days doing all the lookout points and hiking the shorter trails when we could. We were pooped. We have one of the cabins at Bright Angel Lodge. Right on the edge, or as close as you can get. I was surprised at the people moving system. Reminded me a lot of DisneyWorld and I'm not so sure that's a good...

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May 10, 2013 - Grand Canyon National Park

We just love the Grand Canyon. Even though I am posting all sorts of pictures, they really can't capture the magnificence of the view. We hiked all 17 miles of the trails that are on the rim (not all in the same day!!). The view never got boring. Around every corner was a new look! As you can see from the pics, we had deer and elk walking through our campground and the various areas of the park! There are also pictures of the various flowers that bloomed along the paths. I know there are a lot of pics of Canyon views, but I really narrowed...

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May 7, 2013 - Week 5 - Las Vegas

On our last full day in Vegas - we had a sleep in and then the girls and I headed out for some last minute shopping. At 4:30pm we were picked up by a limo and taken to the airport to do our sunset flight to the Grand Canyon. The flight took 45 min to get out to the canyon and we landed down in it and got to have a picnic and take photos. There were 6 helicopters that went all following each other - it was pretty amazing to see , we also got to see Hoover Dam which was pretty impressive. On the trip back Eb and I got to sit in the front so...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Grand Canyon

WE LEFT PAGE AND HAD TO DO A DETOUR TO THE GRAND CANYON AS THE ROAD SOUTH OF PAGE SANK 10 FT IN FEBRUARY AND WONT BE FIXED FOR 6 MONTHS.we had to travel about 100 miles out of our way through the Navajo reserve and into Tuba City. HEADING SOUTHEAST ON Route 160 we encountered strong cross winds with tumbleweed and blowing sand. We pulled into Tuba City and hid behind a Government building out of the sandstorm. About 2 hours later the wind subsided and we hit the road. A front had gone through with the temperature dropping. We drove up about...

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