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Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

So on the rainy drive down to Flagstaff, we stopped at the groovy Peace Tree Cafe in Monticello, Utah - surprisingly groovy for such a one horse town - and had a slap up breakfast.  Later that evening, we had a slap up dinner at Miz Zip's Diner on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona.


On Saturday, 23rd October, we arrived at Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon National Park.  It was cold and grey, but after an hour of spreading our soggy tent out on rocks, we managed to get it dry enough to pitch, and we had a new home amongst the junipers and pinon trees.  We set off to go and look at the famous hole in the ground, when Darrell had a close encounter with an elk on the campground, who clearly didn't like having her photo taken!

After setting up camp we drove to an ordinary parking lot, like any other tourist parking lot, walked a few hundred yards, then...ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!  Nothing prepares you for the immensity of that view and our photos can't do it justice.

Saturday night at the campsite was cold, and since Arizona isn't on Summer Time, it was dark by 6:00 pm, so we went to bed at 8:30!  The next morning at an equally cold breakfast, we were raided by some very bold little birds who wanted some of our cereal. We've also seen deer, squirrels, chipmunks and also some huge, scary ravens who were tearing apart some campers' polystyrene cooler.  

We hiked down into the Grand Canyon on the South Kaibab trail, as far as Skeleton Point, about 3 miles each way.  Doesn't sound like much, but when you do 2000 feet of descent, you really know about it on the way up again!  The round trip took about 4 hours, but we weren't even halfway down - the whole down and up thing would take about 12 hours, and there are only 10 hours of daylight!
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Caroline on

Amandarrell, you are spoiling us. Two blogs in as many days!

The Grand Canyon looks amazing - and the cloud shadows in your pics are fantastic. How about an exhibition of photos when you come home?

By the way, Pig looks pleased with himself. Did he do the trail unaided?

Lots of love, Your Sis xxxx

Caroline Again on

The good news is that you've had another win on the Premium Bonds (£25),

The bad news is that your car's battery seems to have lost the will to live... but we can sort that out before you come home. xxx

Mum Brenda on

WOW! The Grand Canyon looks wonderful! I still can't believe you are there!---and you are having such a marvellous time. Your blogs are coming thick and fast--it's lovely.---As long as it is only birds that come to share your breakfast, it's OK!!!
Thanks Amanda for telling me when you post another blog. I try to look each day and read your previous ones.I'm enjoying them immensely!
You both look so well and happy. I hope you don't have too much rain. It must be such a pain drying out your tent.
Lots of love.XXXX

Graham on

I love the latest entry - well done and oink to Pig - I see he is "bac-on" on the trail. Great photos of the GC - amazing. Only one problem - you do these blogs so well, that we all want to see them EVERY day.
To do that one day hike to the bottom, looks like you are going to have to leave about 4.00 a.m. - just look out for the bears and wolves!
Wish I could join you - I've always wanted to see the GC but never made it. Are you allowed to do any climbing there?
Kepp going with the fun!

lynandjohn on

now, would you mind sending us a bad photo. It's getting a little irritating!

Lizzie on

Hi there from rainy Manchester. "bac-on" the trail, ha ha luvitt, what a wit Graham. Yes i am enjoying the blogs too - I remember the trail in the summer - hot as - it took twice as long to get back up and we didn't go as far as you. Would have loved to camp at the bottom but no water down there. Looking forward to more splendid pics.

amandarrell on

Hurrah, riches beyond belief! But unlikely to cover the cost of a new battery - shucks.

amandarrell on

Pig had to be carried all the way back up, lazy oink!

amandarrell on

There are plenty of bad photos - maybe we'll do a blog special of the pick of the worst ones!

amandarrell on

Graham, don't think climbing is allowed, but also most of the rock looks very crumbly and anyway it was far too cold for us fair weather climbers!

shirley-mum on

so sorry to be so late ,I hope you do get to know how much yor blogs mean to everyone following you. What a great adventure you are having rain, snow and all weathers no problem to to intrebid discovers like you -well done pig - what a busy little person you are , don't let all their leterary praise go to their heads! Lots of love and hugs to you both. mum

mum shirley on

Again apologies for being so late in catching up with you. Again, what an adventure it all is! your blogs are terrific I can see a great future for as travel writers....when you get back we will all be all ears to hear about it, of course that means from pig as well. I think of you every day wondering just where you are today. where you are- keep well and having fun, love you both. Mumxxx

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