1672 Grand Canyon

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jan 11, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, January 8, 2007

Along the way, I saw a souvenir stand...sorry...arts and crafts trading post, and this one had on the side of the building "fo shizzle". That caught me off guard and it set it aside from the rest. Once I saw that, I was ready to stop and shop at that place, maybe pick up a blanket or an arrow head or something. Unfortunately, I was going too fast, so we just skipped it. However, Randy said I almost crashed the car to get to that trading post. Oh well.

The Grand Canyon is neat. We started at the eastern edge of the Southern rim, which is a scene I had not previously seen. It was interesting to get a new perspective on something I had seen before. Well we also got information about hiking, because we really weren't prepared. At least it told us about what type of clothing and equipment would be necessary for the trek. That was very helpful for us. Interestingly, on the map of the Canyon area we saw a curious site named "Shrine of the Ages". Well, after having raved for hours about the Highway of Legends and Garden of the Gods, how could we pass up something called Shrine of the Ages? That was one of our first stops then. When we got out to see the Shrine of the Ages, we were a bit disappointed. For one, the place wasn't open. That's because it was a religious/community center. They did happen to have evening programs and for that night it was on the California Condor at 7 pm. But after naming a building Shrine of the Ages, we were kinda hoping for an anthropological museum or history exhibit - not just a community center.

So instead, we wandered off toward the marketplace to stock up on goods for the hike. Along the way, we began to see a lot of people dressed warmly, yet sloppily, with backpacks on. We began to get the feeling that we were on a college campus and headed to the next class. It didn't help that the bulletin board in front of the Shrine of the Ages appeared to be very collegiate. After having seen the third consecutive young person with a backpack, we began to hypothesize how the Grand Canyon could operate as a college campus. The student union was the marketplace, complete with mailboxes nearby at the postal office. The mall/quad was the lookout, etc. etc. Even the parking lots were similar to us. Of course, the bus shuttles were a classic campus addition. We had lunch at the marketplace, and we discovered that many international students work here, just like Valleyfair. We pretty much figured out how their social life goes and how they do the whole "hive" concept year-round. I saw quite a few Brazilians there and was able to practice a bit of Portuguese, which was a plus. And we had stocked up on salty snacks and water, so we were well off.
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