The Grand Canyon and Thawing Out

We spent three days at the Grand Canyon.  It had been a dream for me to go there for nearly 35 years.  It was a sight to behold.

We arrived late Monday afternoon and set the trailer up in the campground in the National Park.  It was fine.  We were told however not to leave our sewer connection out or the birds would peck holes in it.  What is this Terradactyls?  (sp)  Should others not let small children and pets be left outside unattended?

It turned out to be Ravens….yes, ravens…like “Nevermore” ravens.  They are amazingly large birds….think most of a yardstick taken up with bird body.  Squawking when disturbed.

Interesting.  But pleasantly so overall.

On Tuesday we caught the free shuttle and got off at the first stop which was the market place.  We bought our first souvenir…a cabbage.  What can I say? We do not go for stuff with national park names on it or mass produced stuff or books that do not really interest us…etc.   The Bearded One wanted cabbage cooked with bacon for a meal so we bought a cabbage.  We looked about a bit in the store and were glad we had picked up supplies hours before arriving in the park.  Pricey to say the least (although cabbage was reasonable).

Then we went on to the canyon rim.  Oh.  It looked exactly as the postcards show it to be.  Beautiful.  Amazing.

We visited a building (The Kolb Studio) that was built right on the rim years ago.  Amazing.  How did they do that?

View from the window of the Kolb Studio perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon

The Bearded One has walked more in the past three weeks than at any one time in the past 15 months due to his leg injury so he was hurting at that point and we caught the shuttle back to the trailer.  We had vegan chili for dinner.  Very good.

On Wednesday, the weather had changed.  Tuesday, it was in the high 60s, Wednesday in the 40s and dropping.  We caught the shuttle in drizzle in the morning and went to the Visitor Center (disappointing) and the rim again (construction taking place…our grandsons would have found the equipment to be a highlight of the trip…so the walk to the rim was MUCH longer than on the map).  But beautiful. And storms coming in.  By the time we were back at the trailer, it was snowing hard.  Yes, snowing! On the bright side we had found a real souvenir…Southwest Vegetarian Cookbook.  Perfect.

On Thursday, when we got up to leave.  The tanks were frozen solid so we could not drain our tanks.  Smartly, we had disconnected our water hose and were operating off the water tank which had not frozen so we moved on.  We were planning on stopping at Flagstaff after picking up supplies but moved on 90 minutes longer to the Petrified Forest area of Arizona.  2000 feet lower in altitude and we could thaw out.

It is nice enough here.  We caught up on the laundry and are recharging the trailer battery.  The Bearded One is in charge of our pace now since we are headed toward home.  He can drive this rig as long as he chooses each day and I will find a campground when he yells, “Uncle”!

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About Retired woman

retired, dealing with parents recent deaths, wondering what lies ahead with the health of my spouse, overall enjoying each day, love cooking, gardening, travel, Grandsons, family, small town life
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