Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
56Trip End Jul 16, 2010
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Stopped off at a local shop for supplies on the way and the lady in there told us loads of people come in annoyed about the price of the Skywalk and apparantly they dont even do a childs discount! Theiving Bastards! Anyway 4hrs and a very tired and sore neck later we arrived at the park. Found a little campsite called 'Ten X' (I was having camp crystal lake visions) and paid $10 to rent a little private lay-by where we parked up and slept in the car again.
Managed to sleep until around 9am and after a wash and dress we set off for breakfast at Wendys (my cholesteral levels are rising by the day) and headed the 5 or so miles to the park. $25 entrance fee and we drove through the frankly enourmous park, there are lodges everywhere, resteraunts, toilets, shops and mule houses scattered around the walkways. Got to the first viewpoint and WOW its AMAZING!!! All gripes about the drive were forgotten when we saw the sheer size and rock formations in the canyon. Took masses of photos then headed to the end point where we parked up and saw the mules bringing the trail people back from their overnight stay in the bottom of the canyon, no doubt an amazing experience but the mules smelt bad and 8hrs on the back of one in the 90 degree heat doesnt appeal that much to me
So next stop Santa Cruz to spend Independance Day with Chris, very very long drive, did 6 hours one day literally down empty desert roads and 6 hours the following day - were praying that the car would be ok as I would not like your chances if you broke down in the middle of nowhere! Luckily it was fine and we got there safe and sound but sick of bloody driving!!