All along the Watchtower

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oh my God.... Sooooo much today. Honestly, if I sound delirious in this entry, it's because I am. We've been in the car since 8:30 this morning, and it's now...... 11:30 pm. Just got to the hotel about an hour ago. ALL that on top of hiking a bit of the Grand Canyon and driving the craziest mountain passes yet.... Good Sweet Jesus! I'm tired. Oh on a side note.... on the way out of Flagstaff this morning, we saw a sign for the hotel across the street from ours.... where they apparently encourage all martians to lodge. So if you all know any martians.......

So as promised, we went to the Grand Canyon today! Oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about! Totally sweet! We went to the south rim first and checked out some of the views (and some adorable little rock squirrels!-- I made friends.) Then we hit a few more observation points before making the trek out to Desert View where the watchtower resides. We hiked down to the watchtower (I checked out the outhouse on the way ) and once there, I climbed the stairs to the top to check out even greater views of the canyon.

After leaving the Canyon, we drove out the east entrance on Hwy 64 and ended up driving through the painted desert for some time. Let me just say... they really aren't kidding. It seriously looks like someone actually painted the desert into existence. Unbelievable. (Um, also totally desolate on a little side note).

We eventually drove out of the painted desert and into the regular old desert (still pretty awesome... just not quite as colorful).

I'm gonna continue this little story on the next entry... just to break it up correctly between the map pins (yes I'm slightly OCD... I can't help it), BUT not before this sections quote of the day!!!! Yess!!

Amanda: "There are like 12 cars behind us"
[2 cars pass from behind us]
Mom: "where are the rest of the cars? that's only 2"
Amanda: "well that's 2 cars, and one's pulling a trailer.... so if you put that 1 trailer in front of the 2 cars, it makes 12"
Mom: [no comment]
Amanda: "hand me that smart water... I think my IQ's fallen"

to be continued.......
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