From Winslow, AZ to Williams, AZ

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day 331 - Today was the drive from Winslow to Williams to start our 3 day weekend to the Grand Canyon and back.  As I told you in the earlier blog, we broke up the trip by visiting the Meteor Crater and then off to Williams, AZ where we will spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel and then off the next morning on the 2.5 hour train trip to the Canyon.

Day 332 - We get up early, have our breakfast and then head off to the Cowboy show, next we board the train for our trip to Grand Canyon.  Once there, we are met by the driver of our bus trip, but first we are taken to the hotel (that we will be spending the night at), and have our lunch before we go on our trip of the "rim".  This is the first visit to this spectacular park for the kids (Nick and I were there over 40 years ago), and I am wondering if the long trip to get here will be worth it for them.  And the answer, is "YES"...they are so excited and amazed at that they are seeing.  I am so glad.  Nick and I thought they were old enough to appreciate it and they were.  We spent about two hours on the bus, stopping at some of the points along the way.  I had given Lars (the 10 year old), one of my older Sony cameras and he was totally into it, which was fun to see.  Trent is the master of disappearance, and he did not disappoint!!  It seems that if you take your eyes off of him for even a second, he is gone!  Very stressful for Gramma and especially at the rim!  But, it all worked out well and somehow, we always seemed to find him just in the nick of time!!

That night we spend the night up at the GC and have until 3:00 p.m. the next day before we board the train for our ride back to Williams.  The kids and Nick and I attend a Ranger Program on the California Condor, along one of the rim viewing sites, and wouldn't you know it, a Condor actually passes quickly by and he's off.  But at least a few of us  got a great glimpse!  How's that for being in the right place at the right time!

As we were walking back from the Village to our Hotel, we had to pass by a herd of both mule deer and elk that were blocking our path.  We waited for awhile, and finally felt safe enough to pass by them without incident.  The kids are used to Elk being that they live in the Foothills south of Denver, but these are big animals!  I was a bit nervous.

The next day we went to the visitor center where the kids got their badges for Jr. Rangers and we took a bus in the other direction to see more views of the canyon, before we had to get back to the train.  All in all, they really had a wonderful experience with us and could hardly wait to tell their parents all about what they had seen.
But what we didn't expect was to be on the train coming back and to be accosted by bank robbers!!! They came up beside the train on horseback with masks and guns and racing beside the train, until the engineer felt the need to stop.  The robbers boarded the train and demanded money from all of us on the train.  Oh my!!!  Of course, this is all for the youngsters aboard the train, and the personal assistants in each car make sure to convey to all the little ones, that there is nothing to fear and they have us practice screaming and pretending to be afraid.  The kids just love it when they come on board.  Most of the people have attended the cowboy show and have seen all of these fellas previously.  It was lots of fun and the boys enjoyed it so much.  I had bought chocolate gold coins for them to give to the "robbers"...not sure they were all that excited with chocolate instead of real money which everyone seemed to be giving them?  Who knew? The funny thing was that I gave the boys their coins and Lars ate his within the first 2 minutes!!! Too funny.  He wasn't about to share his chocolate!!!

Grand Canyon facts:  Don Lopez de Cardenas, a captain in Coronado's expedition in 1540 was the first non-Native American to discover the canyon; The GC was made a National Monument in 1908 and a NP in 1919.  It has an area of over 1,900 square miles and contains 277 miles of the Colorado River; the canyon is 277 miles long and is up to 18 miles wide; the canyon floor is 2,400 feet above sea level - 4,500 feet below the South Rim and 5,400 feet below the North Rim - making an average depth of one mile!  The canyon is cut into a rounded mountain, called the Kaibab Plateau.  The Colorado River averages 300 feet in width and 100 feet in depth.  The current averages 4 mph!  White River Rafting, anyone?  Animals in the canyon number 70 species of mammals; 250 species of birds; 25 reptiles and 5 amphibians.
Enjoy the scenery!!


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Pamela on

What a fun filled day for you all. You've made some wonderful memories with the boys. They will treasure them always.

Avery on wonderful you could enjoy all that with the boys!!!!!!

Claudia on

Thanks for all of the great ideas for traveling with our grandson! Of course he isn't born yet, but you can never plan too early. Right?

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