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Apr 28, 2018 - Hermits Rest

Today we left camp early and set out for the Red Shuttle line which took us to Trailview Overlook and points west all the way to Hermits Rest. We’ll post a copy of the area map. It is a hop-on-hop-off shuttle. We hiked from Trailview to Maricopa Point and hopped back on the shuttle to Hope Point and again to The Abyss. All beautiful vistas, and we could see the Colorado River way down below. We hopped back on the shuttle to Hermits Rest. On our return trip we stopped at Mohave Point. It was a terrific morning, lovely sunshine and a slight...

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Apr 27, 2018 - Trailer Village Campground

Friday, April 27… Pulled into the Trailer Village Campground around 10:45. Only a couple hours’ drive up from Camp Verde. The first thing we see are mule deer roaming all around the campground sites. We were told at the registration office not to hook up our sewer line through the day. Apparently the ravens like pecking them full of holes. We got set up, had some lunch and went for a walk to the rim. Elevation is 7,028 feet (2,143 meters). We approached the rim at “Pipe Creek Vista.” Wow! For never having seen the Grand Canyon before, it is...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Grand Canyon National Park

Trouble with internet last night so couldn't post.. sorry. The Grand Canyon .. wow, what can I say. Took oodles of pics and 2 videos so you can get the full effect but they were too large to post. Prayed the camera was catching the colors and it did fairly well. It was nothing short of spectacular. The north rim is closed until May 15 so we were only able to view from the south rim. Took shuttles to all the view points. Shuttles run every 10 to 15 minutes and it's a free hop on hop off service.The park itself is very commercialised.......

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Mar 17, 2018 - Grand Canyon, Arizona

Most of the day we were on or near the Grand Canyon rim looking, taking pictures, riding buses, and talking to people. Since the last time we were here, the park has obtained buses that are free, keep down traffic congestion, and make it a breeze for tourists to get around. And as they run on natural gas, they are not smelly. You can board one of four routes, get off anywhere you like, and another will be along in 10 or 15 minutes to take you to the next stop or wherever it is heading. Made for a very pleasant day. And lunch at El Tovar...

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National Parks Tour

Mar 16, 2018 - Grand Canyon, Arizona

We spent most of today driving from Homolovi to the Grand Canyon National Park. We saw lots of beautiful scenery along the way. We had read that the National Forests and National Parks had decided that trying to suppress all wildfires was NOT a good idea because then most of the seedlings survived, making the trees too dense to be healthy. It also allowed a great deal of fuel in the shape of downed trees, dead brush and limbs, etc, to accumulate. Then when a fire was ignited, whether it was from natural causes or careless campers, it...

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National Parks Tour

Mar 10, 2018 - The Grand Canyon

We arrived at Grand Canyon National Park late in the afternoon, pulling up to the entrance booth, past the sign announcing a $30 a vehicle fee, showed my $10 for life senior pass, and the lady waived us right in. The campground was a few miles from the entrance, and when we arrived the ranger there said there were no sites available that night for our 30 foot motorhome, directing us a mile away to “Trailer Village”, the campground run by a private company, where just one site remained for $45 plus tax, no senior discount honored. . ...

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Nov 13, 2017 - Grand Canyon

After Las Vegas we took a quick overnight trip to the Grand Canyon. Ryan and Becca were going to be travelling with us to Oregon for my Dad’s services and this was one place they wanted to see. So we did! It was just an overnight trip and made for some very long driving days but it was worth it. It was fun to see some big horn sheep near the Bright Angel Trail (we only went a very short way) We also saw a mule train snaking its way down.

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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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