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Canyon View Mobile Home Park

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    • Day 26

      Grand Canyon Flagstaff

      April 2, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Samedi, 2 avril 2022
      Maëline et Lénaïc ont été à la plage pour tester les cerfs-volants qu'ils ont reçus de LeAnne. Ils se débrouillent très bien, n'est-ce pas.
      Pour nous c'est une journée hors 66: nous allons au Grand Canyon. La propriétaire du café hier, nous a conseillé ce qu'il fallait y faire. Vivre le Grand Canyon “en live" est autre chose que voir des photos dans les revues ou à la télé. La première marche va du Mather Point jusqu'au Yavapai Point et montre déjà bien toute la splendeur de ce site. La carte du Ranger à l'entrée du parc nous rend bien service. Le shuttle nous ramène au parking et nous roulons 3.4km plus à l'ouest au village. Depuis ici il y a de nouveau des différents trails, plus ou moins difficiles à faire. On peut même descendre au fond des gorges, mais l'aller-retour n'est pas possible en un jour. Camper au fond du Canyon, plus pour notre âge. Nous suivons donc un bout le Rim Trail en direction Hermits Trailhead avec un arrêt pic-nic. La vue est après chaque contour différente. Le shuttle nous rend encore une fois service pour le retour. Nous suivons ensuite le Desert View Drive avec plusieurs arrêts au view-points. Le dernier est Desert View Watchtower, d'où on voit très bien le Colorado River (avec très peu d'eau en ce moment ). Après avoir quitté le parc national, nous allons encore jeter un coup d'oeil sur les gorges du petit Colorado, elles sont également spectaculaires, surtout sous la lumière du soleil couchant. Il ne nous reste malheureusement plus de temps pour aller faire la boucle vers le Wupatki Monument et le Sunsetcrater, que la dame nous a conseillé. Fatigués, mais supercontents, arrivons nous de nuit à notre hôtel de Flagstaff.
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    • Day 39

      Day 39 - A Rim Evacuation!

      May 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

      7.30am alarm woke me up, only for Jackie to tell me she hadn’t slept & would probably be grumpy. At 8.30am we got down to breakfast, which turned out to be much than better & less busy than we had anticipated. The owner/receptionist who had been surly last night & not welcoming enough was this morning cheerful & chatty.

      Over breakfast she asked if we were going to the Grand Canyon National Park. When we said to her we were, she said be careful. She then related a story that 3 days ago, she had a family from Oklahoma staying, they went to the Grand Canyon & the son fell over the edge whilst taking a selfie. He couldn’t be found until the vultures had swarmed all over him & picked the carcass apart. Nice story at breakfast, but a good one.

      We looked it up on google & although we couldn’t find it, there were 3 selfie death falls in the Canyon in just 8 days in April. With this cheery thought, we set off for the Canyon just after 9.00am. We picked up Highway 40 westbound, also considered to be Route 66, to the town of Williams, then turned north on Arizona 64 towards the Grand Canyon.

      We had gone through rain, but we arrived at the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park 🏞 in sunshine. Instead of the $35 fee we flashed the National Park Pass & headed in. We parked up in the Visitors Centre’s car park & went in to the centre, where there were exhibits celebrating the park’s 100th anniversary. After, we took our 1st proper look at the Canyon at Mather Point. It was possibly more impressive than I remembered it.

      After the usual photos, we took the unusual step of taking advantage of the free shuttle buses, mainly because they weren’t busy. We got in the short bus queue & I spoke to the park ranger who gave us some advice to make the most of our visit. As a result, we got on & got off at the Train Depot. Here was the station for the classic Grand Canyon Trains.

      After admiring them, we walked up to the El Tovar Hotel, then followed the south rim westwards to the start of the Bright Angel Trail. The Bright Angel Trail is a narrow path that clings to the side of the Canyon & goes all the way down to the bottom. Surely we couldn’t come all this way & not trek the Bright Angel Trail. We couldn’t, so commenced our descent down into the Canyon. Well actually we walked 10 minutes down to the ‘Upper Tunnel’, then turned round & went back up.

      We walked a short distance to catch the Hermit’s Rest Route (Red) Shuttle Bus. We got off at the 1st stop, Trailview Overlook. Whilst at the Overlook, we became aware that the sky was turning black & there was thunder & lightning in the distance. We caught the next bus to the next stop, Maricopa Point, where I got up to get out, but Jackie dithered, saying she didn’t like the look of the weather.

      Annoyed I sat back down, but then the driver spoke over the intercom, warning people of what to do in the event of lightning. No sooner than he said this, we were suddenly pelted with large hailstones that were blowing in all directions. Jackie didn’t mention that if I had had my way we would be stuck in the middle of this. Then the lightning started & the driver announced the South Rim was now being evacuated.

      Our bus was filled to brimming, then we moved off through the now hailstone covered roads. What was strange we left about a dozen people at the stop, who took refuge under a tree, totally contrary to his lightning advice!

      After 2 different bus rides, we returned to our hailstone covered car & had some crisps & cake. During our lunch the sun came out, so we decided to give the Hermit’s Rest Route another go. This time we drove nearer to the bus stop & incredibly for us, found a parking space nearby. We then re-continued a bus route, stopping for photos at Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, The Abyss, Monument Creek Vista, Pima Point & Hermits Rest.

      As we were nearing the final leg to Hermit’s Rest, the bus driver implored us that we walk along a tarmac Rim path back to Pima Point, which was only 1 mile long. I tried to bribe Jackie to do so by offering to buy her a silver ring. She didn’t want one, but she under sufferance agreed to the 1 mile trek. At the end we just missed a bus which didn’t help Jackie’s mood.

      We returned to our car & drove out on Arizona 64 to Desert View & the Historic Watchtower. We did stop at other Overlooks, but I just jumped of the car took a quick photo & jumped back in. We left the Canyon via the East entrance, drove to Cameron, then South back on Highway 89 to Flagstaff.

      It was gone 8.00pm, when we arrived back at the motel & didn’t feel like going out for a meal. We made do with cheese, crisps & cereal. As well as beer & wine.

      Jackie is now Canyon’d out, but I loved the Grand Canyon. I might have to admit that it is the best park. The sheer enormity & splendour are breathtaking, but what really does it for me is because of it’s size, it didn’t feel at all crowded. Also there was a lot of fencing that allowed you to get right up to the edge & it has proper wildlife, Elk.

      FITBIT still knackered.

      Song of the Day - Hail Rain or Sunshine by The Script.
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    • Day 86

      Busy Day!

      July 29, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

      Man does it feel like we did a weeks full of exploring in one day! Felt like a relatively successful one as well!

      Who knew that parts of Arizona were stunningly beautiful??! Quite a surprise to us. Temperatures consistently 75° to 85° during the summer. Some light - moderately heavy snowfall, that quickly melts in winter. Lots of potential. Unfortunately, as expected, not a lot of river or lake availability.

      Here’s a rundown of our discoveries. We started the day in Show Low and slowly traveled west/northwest throughout the day:

      Show Low: Nice landscape. Nice little town. Too remote.

      Heber: Landscape getting more forested. Super cute local businesses. Good vibe. Nice people. Still too remote.

      Now we started driving through serious mountain areas. So pretty! We couldn’t believe it was Arizona!

      Payson: Ok, this will be an easy one for those of you in California to understand. Think South Lake Tahoe, but minus the gazillion tourists and the gorgeous lake. Enjoyed a great breakfast for lunch at a tiny café with a big sign across the front window that said, “We love our law enforcement and military veterans!” Super friendly people. House prices are a bit high for being so remote.

      Prescott: In love!!! The landscape and surrounding area have all the best bits. The downtown proper has that old frontier mountain town vibe. Lots of fun food/bev options. To the west there are rolling hills with more open meadows. And just north of town there are cool red rock and granite formations for hiking. There are two tiny reservoirs on the edge of town. One we could paddleboard in, but neither one of them have water clean enough to swim in. There are a couple of tiny lake options… But they would be a bit of a drive. Still thinking about this one.

      Decided to skip Sedona because we would love it and not be able to afford it. Besides, even less water!

      We are staying in the Cracker Barrel parking lot. I much prefer these over Walmart because they feel safer to me. Not here! We are usually one of 2 - 6 campers parked in the back lot. This lot is jammed full of everything from ginormous motorhomes to Honda Civic‘s full of pillows and blankets. Sometimes I’m glad John has his nug!
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    • Day 7


      February 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

      After two nights in Las Vegas, we headed south towards the Grand Canyon. It now cost $30 to drive into the Park area. It was just around freezing with snow on the ground when we got there about 5:00, just in time to watch the shadows constantly change the look of the canyon. After the sun went down, the temperature really started dropping, at one point it was 19. We checked out a couple view points and then headed towards Flagstaff for the evening. Saw some bull elk and one buck as we were leaving the Park.Read more

    • Day 25

      Flagstaff, AZ Little America Hotel

      May 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 46 °F

      Before we set off to the Grand Canyon, we stopped at our hotel to get our room and drop off our luggage. This was an amazing hotel. Not only was the room amazing, but the staff were so very friendly and helpful. Even the person in charge of the room service staff, stopped to hold the door for us, and even offered to help with our luggage. (No elevator at this point, but they are renovating and adding them.) Many hotels could learn a lesson or two from this operation. Probably one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in to this point anyway.Read more

    • Day 2


      December 2, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °F

      We stop to get the good fuel for pink beast. Then we have to go go! I got a new toy to tide me over to Christmas, because none of my toys squeak anymore. This one doesn't squeak either, but it rattles, and I like that.Read more

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