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Nov 25, 2004 - Flagstaff/Grand Canyon Nat Park

Hi all Well, we arrived in Flagstaff on Saturday late afternoon where we spent the rest of the day doing admin and organising our trip to the GC. We mananged to book transport to the park which was 80 miles away as well as accommodation in the park for one night. We awoke to some heavy snow and dragged ourselves to the station to catch our shuttle to the Park. The trip was slow going given the heavy snow and took aabout 2 hours. We checked in at our lodge and took a park shuttle to the visitor centre where we planned our visit. We decided...

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Zimbo's in America

Sep 17, 2004 - The Big Gully

We headed south under the scorching sun, throught deserts and mesa, barren on the most part without even a towering cactus, and ended up at marble Canyon, where there was a cool fort and a bunch of stalls set up by the navajo to sell jewelery to the likes of me. I bought a copper bracelet which turned my arm green within 20 mins. We then headed to the Grand Canyon, past plenty more of these stalls, with their amusing signs, like "Big Chief says you missed us, turn back now" and overpriced beef jerky. Then we met the canyon. I'm not sure...

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Sep 10, 2004 - Down on the ranch, VIP style!

Hi Everyone! After we checked out of USA Hostels Vegas we were picked up by The "Heli USA" team who took us to Vegas Airport. We then took a shuttle bus out To Grand Canyon West Ranch, which took us over The Hoover Dam. To get there we had to go through the most amazing prairies, through some real backward little villages! Although we started out on the Freeway, we turned off onto a backward road, the last 7 miles were real bumpy! Some parts felt like a rollercoaster! Helen is convinced that the driver would speed up at the scary bits!! We...

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Sep 4, 2004 - Dude, I (almost) bottomed the Grand Canyon!!!

Howdy Folks! Well, what a day I had yesterday! I went to the Grand Canyon, and it was truly Amaaaaaazing!! Do you know, for once I think that the americans are truly justified in using the phrase 'Awesome!' It really was! Again, I have loads of photies to show you, I almost made it, but the computer wouldn't recognise it :-( so till next time I'm afraid. Sorry :-( Anyway, we started off with an hours drive to the south rim of the canyon. Michael (our tour guide, who was also slightly like a surfer dude! DUDE!) made us all put our hands in...

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Jul 5, 2004 - Mountain Biking

Day 25 -- Monday, July 5 Grand Canyon, AZ (Grand Canyon Camper Village) Miles today: 341 This morning, Richard went on a mountain bike ride with a private tour guide. They encountered many types of terrain, including "slickrock", which despite its name, is actually extremely sticky sandstone. At one point, Richard's front wheel got stuck in some deep sand. After flying over the handlebars, he made a graceful landing. Unfortunately, he landed on a small cactus! After removing most of the needles, he continued onward, with the new found...

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2004 USA Road Trip

May 24, 2003 - The GRAND CANYON

Off for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon today. This side is over 1000 feet higher than the S. Rim, and many fewer people visit here. From rim to rim is only 10 miles at this point, but the drive between the two is over 200 miles -- it is a 4-5 hour trip between them. We felt like we were driving to Black Butte -- the high ponderosa pine forests and the large open meadows really looked like that area -- but you are over 8,000 feet elevation. We have been over a mile high for 2+ weeks, and still can't breathe comfortably! It's just a matter...

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May 24, 2003 - The GRAND CANYON

Off for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon today. This side is over 1000 feet higher than the S. Rim, and many fewer people visit here. From rim to rim is only 10 miles at this point, but the drive between the two is over 200 miles -- it is a 4-5 hour trip between them. We felt like we were driving to Black Butte -- the high ponderosa pine forests and the large open meadows really looked like that area -- but you are over 8,000 feet elevation. We have been over a mile high for 2+ weeks, and still can't breathe comfortably! It's just a matter...

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Apr 4, 2001 - Bright Angel Trail - Round Trip

The Bright Angel Trail runs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over 5,000 feet down in elevation to the Colorado River. It was worth doing once, but we'll have to put in a heck of a lot of work to get back into the shape we were in when we made this trip! The temperature range during this hike was incredible. At the rim when we stepped off just before dawn, it was close to freezing and there was snow in the shadowed areas. When we reached the river around noon, it was almost 90 degrees and it felt like a blast furnace. We rested in a...

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