Day 9 Saturday Grand Canyon to Baker
Trip Start May 15, 2009
23Trip End Jun 04, 2009
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Got the blue shuttle round to the Hermits Rest shuttle pick up point (red shuttle route). The bus here is not as frequent as the rest of the park. It will only take 40 odd seated passengers (no standing) at the start and end of its journey due to some strange regulations, so if you arrive at busy times you may be queuing for some time. However, if it picks up passengers AFTER it leaves the initial pick up point, you can stand in the isles.
PHOTO_ID_L=13_bright-angel-trail.jpg]We went back to the RV, had a final shower and tidied everything away and left our slot at 11am. Now was time for another RV initiation - our first dump! Mather Campground has an Dump station where you may empty your tanks. After 4 days in the RV our Blackwater tank (toilet) still read as empty, our Greywater (shower and sink) was 2/3 full, our Freshwater empty and LPG 2/3 full.
And here's another MoneySavingExpert tip for anyone coming here on holiday. If you shop at Safeways, - get a Safeways Card. Even us Brits can get one, you get it there and then, no forms to fill etc. Our grocery bill was $110, when the Card discount was applied it dropped to $83! Just like that. Plus we got 3c off a gallon when we filled up with petrol/gas at the Safeways pump outside. With we got one last time we shopped here.
3.45pm we were off from Kingman heading for Death Valley. We went I93 - I68 - I95-164 - I15, some of the roads, especially the 164 and I95 were just one big long straight road, very strange to see, even stranger to drive on. Now, the plan had been to go to Shoshone just outside of the Valley to an RV camp there, but it was getting late.
We got as far as Baker where we should then turn north to Shoshone but it was already 7pm. We filled up with petrol/gas (over $3 a gallon now) and spotted a big empty lot with a couple of RVs and trucks already parked up. We asked at the nearby restaurant and they said people park up there all the time, so we went over and settled under a tree - another first for us. First Dumping, now Boondocking!
We settled here for the night and watched some TV programmes on the Laptop. The temperature started going up after I switched off the generator, it was hot when we went to be at 1045 pm. Took a while to get to sleep due to the heat and wondering if some gun wielding local may kill us in our beds (or steal our tyres!)