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Oct 16, 2019 - Grand Canyon

October 16, 2019 We are now tied in the cribbage tournament! As we didn’t even have Verizon connectivity, we didn’t check the overnight temperatures. I awoke at 7:00 to 28 degrees. The space heater is in the back so I turned on the gas furnace which doesn’t seem to be so efficient but did the job. Early in the morning (before 6:30) I am able to backload pictures to the blog using Verizon. I do this frequently. Today I went back to review the blog and pictures from our similar trip in Apr-Jun 2012. Amazing what we don’t remember as well as...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Page to Grand Canyon, AZ

October 15, 2019 I had an industrious morning. Made the sauce for our Asian glazed slow cooker chicken thighs and then scrambled eggs for breakfast. There is quite a rhythm to max the use of space and not blow a circuit! We had a lovely drive from Page to the Grand Canyon on Hwy 89/64 (about 130 miles). For the most part the drive was mesas and scrub brush. We had planned to listen to Sapiens but found that I downloaded the Spanish version! Our first stop was Desert View inside the GC. This is where the Vermillion Cliffs, San Francisco...

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Oct 3, 2019 - RIM-2-RIM

All of my hiking life the Grand Canyon North RIM to South RIM hike has always been a goal/a dream. The problem, I DO NOT backpack (sleep on the ground). So, I needed a bed at Phantom Ranch, the only oasis at the bottom of the canyon. They have 50 beds, a few are allotted to the overnight Mule Rider concessionaire & others to White Water Rafter concessionaires, with the remaining for hikers. The hiker portion, about 10, are reserved through a lottery system/drawing, online only, 13 months in advance. This year was the first year for the...

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2019 RV Adventure

Sep 27, 2019 - Grand Canyon

Wow, wow, wow We spend two full days in the Grand Canyon, driving up from Williams with picnic, waterproofs, maps and all other paraphernalia we can think of. Day 22 We've been warned about the queues to get into the park and are prepared. What a lovely surprise no long queue, just two vehicles in front of us at the gate. We park up near the visitor centre and collect information on trails and view points. And we're off, not knowing what to expect but full of anticipation. Our first view of one of the world's seven natural wonders is simply...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Grand Canyon

The temperature this morning is in the 40’s and the wind is going to blow 20 to 30 mph and gust up to 45mph!!! This is all too cold for me but today is our day to go to the Grand Canyon and I’m going to bare the cold!! Susan and I have been there before but Julie hasn’t. Breakfast first, then on the road. We are taking Route 66 that turns into I 40 W then Hwy 64 N. We stopped at a little store on Hwy 64 to get a few snacks then on our way to Grand Canyon arriving around noon. Parking was horrible there we spent at least 45 min circling and...

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Mar 10, 2019 - Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is situated within the state of Arizona. It is approximately 280 miles long, spans up to 18 miles in width and reaches a maximum depth over 6,000 feet. The canyon comprises a portion of the Colorado River basin, which has formed over the past 40 million years. The Grand Canyon started to form around 17 million years ago. The Colorado River formed the canyon through the process of erosion. The range of temperatures in the Grand Canyon widely varies, with the Inner Gorge area frequently reaching high temperatures over 100...

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Oct 5, 2018 - Fees and other costs

Many recreational types don't like paying access fees. Public land should be free to access, goes the thinking, because my taxes have paid for it. I heard that argument uncounted times during my working years. Republican tax cuts for the wealthy not withstanding, parks and the like have never competed well against defense, law enforcement, welfare, and so on. Agencies need to ask for fees to do even basic work. Fees can be a powerful management tool. A park provider in Washington reduced vandalism to its sites by 90% when it introduced day...

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Stateside Road Trip

Sep 24, 2018 - Arrival at The Grand Canyon National Park

Monday September 24th, 2018 We have arrived at the Grand Canyon following 9 days of traveling. Today’s drive was the longest so far, at 388 miles. Arriving on Monday the 24th of September we gather for dinner at Al and Roses to go over the Maps and plan the next couple of Days. We are staying Grand Canyon Camper Village which is located 1 mile from the National Park entrance. We picked this in April, so we would have full hook ups. Meaning we have Water, Sewer, and Electric. We had read some questionable reviews, but I have to say this was...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon NP June 4th Today, we drove up to the Grand Canyon NP which is about a 90 minute drive from Flagstaff. We entered at the Grand Canyon Village and took several photos from the various vantage points. There was a lot of road construction in the village area, but, because it was Monday, traffic was fairly light. We didn't have any trouble getting around. While in the Village, we decided to have an early lunch at the El Tovar Hotel. Afterwards, we headed east on the rim road stopping at several vantage points points before exiting...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Tusayan, AZ

We drove back out the South Gate to Tusayan, AZ. We we’re hoping to get some kind to Wi-Fi connection. We’ve felt kind-of isolated with such dismal cell phone and wi-fi service in the park. Even McDonald’s was denying wi-fi access in their parking lot. So, we did some souvenir shopping instead. We saw some beautiful cut and ground agate.

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Apr 29, 2018 - Derest View Watchtower

Today we drove from the Grand Canyon Visitors Center east to the Desert View Watchtower (22 miles away). There were a number of stops and lookouts along the way as well as the Tusayan Museum and ruins. It was a very sunny and warm day. The views continue to be spectacular and the camera doesn’t do it any justice. You just can’t beat the human eye.

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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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