Jun 24, 2006
Jul 09, 2006
. However, they should have called it the Miniscule Colorado River Gorge as there was hardly any water at all in the actual river! Since we've only got 1 day left, it was time to start thinking about the inevidable end of the trip so we stopped at a Wal-Mart outside Tucson to purchase some big duffel bags to re-pack all our stuff in a more airplane-suitable way. After that, we checked into the KOA in Benson - and as a treat to ourselves (and Deb's aching back), we upgraded to a cabin for a mere $17 more! We were ecstatic to have beds again, plus air conditioning and a cute little porch with a porch swing. We cracked open a bottle of the wine from Sonoma and had our last dinner of Ramen Noodles - all on the porch as it had started to rain. We're definitely winding this adventure down as we spent the evening re-packing our stuff so it could be checked on the plane and planning where we would be able to get the car washed & vacuumed before handing it off to it's rightful owner. After a little Jiffy Pop and s'mores on the Coleman stove, it was time to hit the hay...tomorrow's our last day - a lot of clean-up and a little time in Tombstone before we head home.
We woke at the Grand Canyon the morning and headed back to the Desert View area for a little coffee and breakfast, followed by our last look at the Canyon (again, totally different in the morning than it was in the evening!). Then it was on the road to Benson, AZ - about mid-way between Tucson and Tombstone. Since we decided to forego hiking down the Grand Canyon (we were all winded by climbing the steps of the watchtower and decided against even the shortest hike which is 1,000+ feet down), we left earlier than anticipated and had a nice, leisurely drive to Benson. We stopped in Flagstaff and although we heard it was a really cute little town, we missed the 3 blocks that comprise "downtown" and instead ended up at a McDonalds that looks just like any other. Traffic in Flagstaff was awful and it was drizzling, so we opted to get back on the road. We also bypassed Sedona where we had originally planned to stop - we're all just too pooped! We did stop at the Little Colorado River Gorge, which we had seen in the distance from the Grand Canyon yesterday