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May 1, 2015 - Grand Canyon

415 miles from Bisbee to Grand Canyon! It was about 6 hours of driving, through 95* weather in Phoenix (thank gosh for the powerful A/C in the new truck!). Our first night, we stayed at the Desert View campground, which is on the East side of the Canyon. About 30 miles from the entrance gate. Our campground host was from Farmington, Maine! We were able to catch sunset over the Canyon. What a beautiful site! The next day we moved campgrounds, over to the bigger, more populous campground called Mather Campground. They have over 400 sites...

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Our Road Trip

Apr 27, 2015 - Snow, Critters, Drama, and the FBI

Good morning, campers… It’s another “gorgeous” day at the canyon. Never mind those 30 degree early morning temperatures, the sun’s coming out to turn up the heat to a comfy 68 or so. It may be cool up here at 7000 ft, but to all the elk, mule deer, squirrels, and other critters… it’s springtime. (Just don’t try to tell that to all the tourists showing up in shorts and t-shirts.) There’s not a day that goes by, we don’t have elk grazing near the camper, or rabbits, squirrels, and a myriad of interesting birds. Breezy loves it here, although...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Grand Canyon

What can one say about the Grand Canyon on a glorious, sunny day...except absolutely breathtaking! After spending several hours there, we drove back to Williams the long way and drove through the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments. It was a little late in the day but still absolutely gorgeous!

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2015 Southwest Trip

Apr 25, 2015 - Grand Canyon, AZ

4/25 - 4/26/2015 We headed to the Grand Canyon at 9:15 am on Hwy 160SW, 89S, & 64W. Good driving weather; temps in the low 60s and overcast. The landscape in Arizona on hwy from Kayenta to Tuba City was not very pretty. We had lunch at a closed Indian jewelry stop on Hwy 89 a few miles south of Cameron. I realized we were heading the wrong way when I saw signs leading to Wupatki Nat'l Mon. We had missed the right turnoff to Hwy 64W at Cameron on the rotary. The directional signs where not very clear due to construction at Cameron. We lost...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Arrival: Grand Canyon National Park

Cindy and I arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park on the 2nd of April. Having never visited, all we knew about the place (like most people) was what we’d seen in photos, and perhaps a snippet from a “National Parks” video or two on TV over the years. Basically… it was a “Big, pretty, ancient crack in the earth that people wanted to visit”, ourselves included. We were very fortunate to have been hired on, as two of only 30 or so seasonal employees of the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) for a 6-month seasonal position at the park. If what...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Phoenix via Sonoran Desert to Grand Canyon

Today temperatures of 85F were predicted but it would get much cooler this afternoon when we climb higher. Leaving the hotel suburb we saw orange trees in gardens and dry river beds which had flooded last year. On the outskirts were casinos, often on native land as they earn a premium from them. Out of 320 million population only 2 million are native Americans, biggest tribe is Navaho with 300,000. Highway 101 North then Black Canyon highway/Interstate 17 took us on a steady climb of 1000 feet and along miles of cacti lined road until they...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Arizona - The Grand Canyon

From Page we drove to the Grand Canyon, where we lucked out (though my initial thought was that it was bad luck, not good, because I wasn’t sure I would make it) and managed to get last minute beds at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the canyon. We walked from the top to the bottom in 7 hours, and since they warn you that it will take twice as long to come up as go down, I expected a very long return hike. But my knees do much better at uphill than downhill (as some Second Sixties hikers can attest to!) and we actually made it up in 7 1/2...

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Feb 3, 2015 - South and East Rim of the Canyon-Desert View Lookout

We spent a second day at the Grand Canyon sightseeing and hiking.We drove thru the Kaibab National Forest along the South Rim, Stopping off at senic lookouts. It was all so amazing and I took so many pictures it's hard to pick out a limited # for the journal! We stopped at the Tusayan Pueblo Ruins in the park. They were constructed around A.D. 1185. We then continued onto the Desert View Lookout Tower with more amazing views! We then went to an Indian Trading Post in the town of Cameron on the Indian Resesvation for a late lunch. After...

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Feb 2, 2015 - South Rim-Hermits Rest Trail

Today we drove into the Grand Canyon National Park and explored the south rim and followed Hermits Rest trail for numerous overlooks of the canyon. The weather today was sunny and in the 60's. The ranger said normally this time of year the temp would be around 17 degrees. Our first view of the canyon was breathtaking and hard to imagine anything so expansive! During our exploring we saw many Elk,Mule Deer, Donkeys, coyote, and even a bunny rabbit.It was a very enjoyable day.Tomorrow we are returning to explore the east rim and some Indian...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Grand Canyon and RR

The Grand Canyon Need I say more? Just hearing or seeing those words conjures up ones’ own memories of past experiences, or perceptions of what might be seen by those who have not yet been there. My visit was, admittedly, rather short, and only whets the appetite for more, but if I had to choose between a short visit or none at all, I would take the short visit any day. My method of arrival and departure was a first, however, as I opted to take the Grand Canyon Railroad out of Williams. There are multiple levels of passage, and I splurged...

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Jan 13, 2015 - The Grand Canyon is very grand!

After driving over the dam we drove on to Williams, Arizona for our two night stay. It was really quiet, but they say in the summer it is quite the hopping place. Here we caught the train to the Grand Canyon, a historic train with a gunfight re-enactment before we left, and entertainment on the train. The sing-along was great, especially with Mike leading us less talented singers. And then we're there! The pictures can't do it any justice, you have to see it yourself, if you ever get the chance. There were some clouds on the north rim, so...

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Winter West

Jan 12, 2015 - The Grand Canyon

A wild west shoot out to start our morning, I think so. We woke up and made our way over to the train station, but stopped on the way to watch the shootout staged for everyone. It was quite comical and set the tone for the day. We then made our way to our train car for our two and a half hour ride up to the Grand Canyon. The staff along the way were very informative and entertaining. It definitely made the trip fly by, although we did enjoy the amazing changing scenery and our hostess' sense of humour. We arrived at the Grand Canyon around...

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