The Grand Canyon

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Saturday, September 2, 2006

Dean: From Las Vegas we got the Greyhound to Flagstaff, which we decided would be a good base for seeing the Grand Canyon and the Ancestoral Pueblo Dwelings (where the old ancient Indians lived!). We met up with Daniel (who had gone his own way from San Francisco), and hired a car for a couple of days. On the first day we went to Walnut Canyon (Arizona) where there is a large collection of cliff dwellings. These were really interesting - to see how these people lived long before the Europians got over to the Americas. We then went down to a place called Montezuma Well (another Pueblo dwelling) and then onto Montezuma Castle, which was very impressive (check out the pictures). We didn't have the time to get to Mesa Verde, which is meant to be even better, but it gives us another reason to get back here at some point!
On the second day, we drove up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon (the north rim is meant to be good but the south rim was closer!). First impressions - impressively big! We drove along the rim checking out the views and then parked up and used the free shuttle to get to areas we could not get to by car. From there we did a bit of a hike along the rim and then went down into the canyon via the Bright Angel Trailhead. We only had time to get about a third of the way down but even so, you only realise how deep the canyon is, once you are inside of it. It's deep!

Alex: The pueblo dwellings were very interesting, it kept making me giggle though as they were always referred to as prehistoric and they are only 800 years old - I think what they meant is pre-columbian. It was a shame we didn't get to go to Mesa Verde but another time. The Grand Canyon is spectacular though - just massive. I'm glad we went inside even if it was just a little way, it really gives you a different perspective.
One thing Dean didn't mention was the hostel. It was lovely all done out in a 50's style and they picked us up from the bus station in a Pink Cadilac, the only problem was the trains. The rail line was 50 metres away and the trains went past every 30mins. Those of you who live near railway lines will now be saying "big deal" but the American trains don't just chug along through towns, instead, because there are no barriers to stop people wandering onto the tracks, they travel through with there horn blarring out and they are loud - ear plugs helped on our second night there!
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Please forgive us ...........
Hope you'll learn to forgive us Norte Americanos - anything predating the 'discovery' of America is of course 'prehistoric'! And the irritation of the Flagstaff night trains sadly dates from the days when all trains went right through the center of town because ALL passengers exited the train for food and drink each time it stopped - and the smartest towns made it very attractive for the train to stop!

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