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... with the automobile and after years of losses and mis-management the last train ran to the South Rim in June of 1968. Remember that during the hey days... it tanked water, supplies and other goods as well as people to the South Rim... The last train leaving the Grand Canyon had just 3 paying passengers on board.
The tracks lay quiet and stayed that way for nearly 20 ...
... had to shimmy through a hole so that we could reach the end of the side canyon. We were able to make it all the way to the top of a slope at the end of Ash canyon where we all sat on a ledge. When we were going out of Ash canyon, Alex fell into a small pool of water. This forced us to stop a little later at a sunny spot so his stuff could dry out.
After he was dry, we had to cross a river. We hopped on stones so that we could go across the river ...
... motel, holiday inns there were. The bigger well known chains were at the top end, but a bit of a distance from the main town itself, which also comprised of Route 66 running either side of the Main block down the middle. On one side is the railway line, and historic trains & stations. It is here the train takes you into the Grand Canyon. This town had a real western feel to it, with both cowboy & Indian stores. This was a far nicer smaller town than Flagstaff, both so ...
... we were Canyon bound. However after a series of horrible misdirections and a refusal to take the toll roads, we ended up back on the Las Vegas highways. Thankfully this was a relatively short detour and after a refuelling lunch at Dunkin' Donuts, our five hour trip to the town of Parowan flew by.
The next day our weekend in Zion National Park began. Our drive into the park was distracted by Abbie's attempt at a short cut going horribly wrong, but allowed us to see the far ...
... did when it was bypassed by the interstate as I was reliably informed at the town's excellent museum. I did take my opportunity for a photo op at the corner in question as well as taking a look at the restored La Posada Hotel which is the only remaining Harvey House still operating as was intended along Route 66. At one point there were a total of 84 Harvey House hotels and restaurants either on Route 66 or the Santa Fe railroad. Back on ...