The Grand Canyon

Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
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Trip End Sep 06, 2013


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What I did
The Grand Canyon

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

  We waved goodbye to Vegas this morning having had an excellent time.  Most of the morning was taken up with getting prepared for our stay in the canyon.  We had a 180 mile drive with a stop off on route 66.  Had we been doing this trip 3 days ago then Fred would have been celebrating his 66th birthday on route 66, that would have been something special.
 The town of Seligman has remained in a bit of a time warp, it prides itself on being a living tribute to the swinging 60's in those days route 66 featured in a lot of movies and songs.  It's a bit tacky, but kind of fun.  By the time we reached our campsite it was gone 6pm, the plan was to buy pizza & beer to take up to the Canyon to watch the sunset.  Sometimes plans just don't go the way they're meant to.  Before we could leave the campsite we had to put up our tents, as it would be dark by the time we got back.  The upshot is it was all over by the time we got there, but no one was disappointed at their first glimpse of the canyon.  The sheer size of it is mind blowing.We spent a half an hour at the Canyon  before heading back to our camp.  Tonight is Mariam's birthday, what a wonderful excuse to have a party.  We have adopted Southern accents, and I have to say that we had a very funny trip in the car today.  We have also adopted Southern names which has contributed to our amusement.  I think our tour leader Nick is beginning to think he has a load of nutters on this trip.
 I don't think Mariam will forget her 30th birthday.
 14th:  Hiking the Grand Canyon.  We had to leave camp by 5.30am this morning to be able to complete one of the walks before the sun gets too hot.  The expected temperature is 104 F at the bottom, the lower you go the warmer it gets.  We have elected to do the hike to Cedar Creek which is a 3 mile round trip.  The canyon is awesome, there is only one of it's kind in the world and it is a privilige to be able to see it.  The Canyon is 277 miles long, at it's widest it is 10 miles and one mile in depth.  At times it all feels very surreal, when you stand on the rocky outcrops and try to take in the vastness of the Grand Canyon.The track down to Cedar Creek  was quite hard going, it was fairly steep in places and loose gravel under foot made it feel a bit scary.  There were places where I just couldn't look up, as I felt drawn to the edge.  It took us an hour to walk down to Cedar Creek and even though I felt a bit tested at times it was well worth it.A few of our group were doing the helicopter ride apart from it costing $265 both Fred & I would have spent most of the time with our eyes closed.  After collecting the joyriders we went back to camp for an early tea so that we wouldn't miss the sunset tonight.The camp manager greeted us on return to tell us that we had had several complaints about our noise last night.  Bit unfair really, we all recognise that we mat have been a bit loud but there was another party close by that was even louder and we got the blame.  Nick our tour leader is starting to worry that he may be banned from several campsites in the future.  The younger contingent in the other tour bus are well envious of our reputation, and have been quite disappointed that they've not been able to join us at night time.
 sunset over the Canyon was a very peaceful event, everyone sitting on the rocks waiting for that moment that the sun finally slips down behind the mountains.  Tomorrow we will be heading for Monument Valley.
 PS  I had to visit the toilet at 4am this morning and thought that a head torch would not be necessary as it was a fairly moonlit night.  Wrong!  I spent 15 minutes wondering around the campsite, a bit of a worry being as we went to sleep with the sound of coyotes howling.     
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Caz on

This sounded amazing!!! So you have your disco head light on for partying, but choose not to wear it when you venture outside in the Grand Canyon' in the middle of the night, on your own - apart from the howling dogs!!! Are you mental???

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