Day 77 - Zion to Grand Canyon NP - Arizona (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Travel Day today as we leave Zion National Park and head to The Grand Canyon South Rim. It's actually not too far as the crow flies, but for obvious reasons, you have to drive right round the outside of it. Sat Nav says its a five hour journey.

We set off before breakfast to get on the road, and a few miles under our belts. Stop for some breakfast in the van. Little Taya is still unwell having been sick again several times overnight and this morning. The morning drive is full of stops to change her nappies and outfits! Poor little thing. Today has also seen the arrival of tiny tooth number two, bottom front right.

We press on as Taya has her morning nap and manage another couple of hours to take us to lunchtime at a beautiful scenic roadside pull in.

Nap time for both gets us nearly all the way to our destination. The views alongside the road are wonderful, and Emma and Rich chatter to keep each other awake due to another poor night of sleep.

We arrive at the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, free with our parks pass, and head in. We weren't expecting to see any of the canyon today as we thought our route took us too far south and back up towards our campground. Sat nav obviously had other ideas. We stop at the first viewpoint that Emma has read about in her trusty National Parks of America Lonely Planet iBook. Lupin Point. We jump out to see what we can see. Wow, wow, wow. It is immense. What an incredible view. Dylan exclaims "that's a pretty view isn't it mummy". We have clearly seen many pictures of the canyon before, and even on television, but that didn't prepare us for the sheer scale of what we can see.

We head onto the Grandview lookout further up the road for another incredible view of the Canyon below. This time we head a little way down a track where we are not restricted by fences or walls. We hold Dylan's hand very tightly! What a treat at the end of a long day's drive.

We drive for about another 20 minutes to find our campsite for the next two nights. It's a National Park campground called Ten-X. This is the first of these that we have booked and we are not sure what to expect. We are thrilled. It's a beautiful woodland setting. We have a paved area for the RV, and a clearing and section of woodland, picnic table, and fire pit all to ourselves. We have no hook up here in the park, so it's nice and inexpensive to stay but sooooo much nicer than sleeping in a car park. Great find.

Dylan has been a superstar today, helping look after Taya and no grumbles on the long journey. We also notice a change in communicating when he doesn't like something. He's not happy around dogs at all and will usually cry/screech or hide if one comes too close. Twice today he asks for a cuddle or carry "to watch the dogs as I am not too keen about them". He also explains to Rich that he doesn't like this campground as much as the last one because there isn't anything for him to play with in the evening. He has really enjoyed the last couple of places with amusement games in Las Vegas, then a playground and swimming pool in Zion. We have a football and velcro tennis game and all his toys, but we know what he means.Thrilled he is able to explain his feelings. A cheap scooter is on our wish list for him as it would be perfect in the national parks, and he so loves his one at home.

Lots more Grand Canyon exploring planned for tomorrow.
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