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Oct 8, 2017 - Grand Canyon, AZ

Trailer Village is within walking distance to Market Plaza (grocery, bank, post office, dining), Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Rim Trail. Day one we loaded Bear into the stroller for a walk to Grand Canyon Visitor Center and along scenic Rim Trail. Day two we visited Desert View Watchtower, a 25 mile drive from Trailer Village. The tower was designed and built to look ancient and provide visitors with vistas of the Colorado River snaking through the canyon through the windows on the first, second and third stories. On the way home we...

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Fall 2017

Oct 1, 2017 - Rim2River2Rim

Grand Canyon has some of my favorite hikes. BUT, two hikes I've always wanted to do are Rim2River2Rim & Rim2Rim. This year I accomplished the first. Hiked from the South Rim down the South Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River, then back up the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim, down & up around 5,200 Ft., for a total of 16 miles round trip, in 11.5 hrs. The last 1.5 miles was leg burning, but what a smile I had! The other hike, Rim2Rim, is a 24 mile 2 day hike from the North Rim to the South Rim. My plan would be to leave the HitchHiker at...

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2017 RV Adventure

Sep 29, 2017 - Grand Canyon South Rim

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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2017 RV Adventure

Sep 28, 2017 - Grand Canyon East Rim

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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2017 RV Adventure

Sep 19, 2017 - THE Canyons

We are in canyon country. Not like the canyons we have already seen and crossed. These are THE canyons that attract people from around the world. We are surrounded by tourists from Europe and Asia. Bus loads. Rented cars loaded with people speaking languages other than English. What have they come to see?? Grand. Bryce. Zion. We visited the Grand Canyon North Rim on Monday. It is GRAND in the full meaning of the word. When we visited Canyonlands on Sept 12 we saw the Colorado River at work. That was a vast canyon system, more spread out...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Last day at Grand Canyon

Had a few snacks for breakfast, packed bags and left them at reception. Had a look around the Bright Angel History Room which tells the story of Fred Harvey and his family - founder of the original Grand Canyon complex as well as many other tourist facilities including railway station tearooms and hotels across the country, and famous for establishing the "Harvey Girls" to provide optimum service to travellers at his establishments. Walked back to the community library and tried for 2 hours to connect with hotmail, pay Mastercard and upload...

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Eclipse Chasing 2017

Sep 1, 2017 - Grand Canyon at last

Got up at 6am (no breakfast) and caught a taxi back to the Flagstaff railway station. Caught the 7.45am Arizona Shuttle to the Grand Canyon, arriving at Maswick Lodge at about 9.30am. Then needed to catch two shuttle buses to my accommodation at Bright Angel Lodge. Left bags with reception and went for a walk along the South Rim nearby - amazing views of the Canyon, almost too vast to comprehend. Also checked out El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House. El Tovar was built close to 100 years ago by Fred Harvey to provide luxury accommodation to...

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Eclipse Chasing 2017

Jul 1, 2017 - Day 5-Grand Canyon

Today we rode The Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon. The ride was 2 hours each way. We saw prairie dogs, jackrabbits, antelope and elk. The Grand Canyon was gorgeous. All the kids all earned their Grand Canyon Jr. Ranger badge.

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Jun 17, 2017 - GOD'S Majesty

There really isn't any way to describe the day we had. The majesty of the canyon-it's beyond words and I'm afraid that our pictures just can not do it justice. So I'll just relate how we spent nine, yes that's right nine, hours gasping at the beauty of this natural wonder! We entered the park about 8:30 am. We wanted to get there early since we hoped to avoid sitting in an entrance line for an hour or more. The last time we visited the park was in 2011 and we took the train up. Well that limits you on what you get to see because you have to...

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Utah and Back

Mar 22, 2017 - Grand Canyon

We have made it to the Grand Canyon after all. We are staying in the National Forest land 7 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The weather has been nice it's in the 70's here. A lot nicer than in the desert. We have spent 4 days taking pictures of the canyon. It's hard to believe how big it is. Wed are moving on threw the Navajo Reservation. Heading on for Winslow, Arizona and then to the Meteor Crater. After that we will be seeing the Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest National Park. Everything is going good for us. Soon...

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Mar 19, 2017 - Grand Canyon- take two

About a year ago we took the train out of Williams, AZ, to see the Grand Canyon. That was interesting, but we only had about 20 minutes to actually see the the big hole. This time we drove up (about 2 hours from where we were camped) and spend several hours see the canyon from many different vantage points.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Grand Canyon

We were hoping to go to the White Mountains to visit friends but they still had snow on the ground. While we were waiting for the weather to calm down, we decided to go to the Grand Canyon for a few days. The weather was predicted to be in the 60s so we made reservations for three days in the park. By the time we got there, the weather changed. It was 25 one day and there was still a bit of snow on the ground. At least the roads were clear. We drove to the main visitor center at Mather Point. It was beautiful as usual. The little bit of...

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