The Grand Canyon
Trip Start May 09, 2009
12Trip End May 18, 2009
Carrie made us some coffee and we talked in her peaceful backyard, under a climbing rose bush in a couple of comfy Adirondack chairs. We found out that Thomas has a gun in his bedroom (!), but I guess it's just the culture that they have in this part of the world.
I munched on some leftover pizza, and then Thomas and Carrie took us to "Ranch Market". It's like a little piece of Mexico, put into an air conditioned facility and transplanted to Arizona. We had some smooth and creamy horchata, bought some FRESH corn tortillas for lunch
On the way, we see a sign for "Montezuma's Castle" so we pull over and check it out. It's a 300 year old house built way up on the edge of a cliff. Why the native farmers put it there, no one knows.
We had our picnic lunch in the shade (FRESH TORTILLAS) and took off again, pulling over every so often to take pictures of the Painted Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon.
I stopped at one really upscale art gallery, and found that most things were a bazillion dollars, so I just browsed and happened upon one that really stuck out. "Oh, that one must be so expensive, I won't even bother looking at the price." However, I managed to glance at the price. $275. Sold. Awesome. A really cool looking wood mosaic, matching the hues of the earth in Arizona.
OK, so, everyone in the car except me wanted to go see the Grand Canyon
So yeah, we ended up at the Grand Canyon just in time for sunset. It was a little hazy, because of pollution, but still beautiful. I believe that the Grand Canyon is one of those places that truly looks better in pictures than in person. Most people would probably disagree with that statement, but I'm sticking to it.
After that, we went for some Mexican food, which was not really that great, but it was one of the only places open. We wanted to sleep under the stars, but we hadn't brought a tent, and I hadn't brought a very warm sleeping bag. So what we did was drive around until we found a secluded spot, parked and just slept right there, on the ground. We thought it would be a lot warmer than it was. I was totally scared, I was convinced an angry Arizonian would come after us with a shotgun for trespassing on his land. Anyway, I slept until about midnight, then I went into the car because it was too cold. Later on, one by one, everyone else followed. Eventually we were all in the car, and completely freezing.