|Tuesday, April 10, 2007, we headed north out of the Camp Verde valley. The route to Flagstaff, AZ is a constant climb to about 6000-7000 feet. The scenery is great and the hillsides are covered with evergreen and pine trees, reminiscent of the Colorado Mountains. The temperature from Camp Verde to Flagstaff dropped about 12 degrees, and the wind was getting very strong, which is not fun while driving the RV. We decide to make a slight change of plans, to park the RV at Williams and drive the Jeep the additional 60 miles to the Grand Canyon. The Jeep is much easier to drive in the heavy winds. We arrived at the Railside RV Ranch, in Williams, AZ., ate some lunch and headed to the Grand Canyon in the Jeep. By the way, when we rode the American Orient Express Train in July of 2001, we met the train in Williams and rode the AOE to the Grand Canyon. It was a great trip then so we are only going to make this trip a short trip. We arrived at the National Park entrance about 2:45, drove around to the Grand Canyon Village. At the village there are three hotels, shops, museums, train depot and visitor center. Also, from the village there are three shuttle bus routes you can take to get different views of the canyon, but since we had limited time, we just looked around on our own. We looked around the village and at the canyon, visited a souvenir shop, drove around to two other viewing areas and left the park about 6:00 pm. It was a short visit but that was about all the time we had, after all, we had not even planned on going to the Grand Canyon in the first place. There are plenty of other things you can do at the Grand Canyon. There are many trails, backpacking areas, campgrounds, and mule trips to the bottom of the canyon. There are also many concessions outside the park that want you to take a plane or helicopter ride over the canyon or a raft trip down the Colorado River through the canyon. We have not done any of these things. Wednesday, we are heading for Lake Havasu City, AZ.