A Grand Canyon with a less than ordinary hotel

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

We checked into our hotel last night.  We knew there was not air conditioning in the room.  Most of the rooms (that we can afford) do not have air conditioning.  That is ok because at night it gets down to the low 50's with most day time highs on the rim of mid 80's.  Unfortunately the maids do not leave any windows open, so it took several hours for the room to cool off.

What is worse, we have the room that is 5 feet from the world's noisiest ice machine.  There are no other rooms available on the rim so we are stuck.  It is the only bad hotel experience we have had so I guess we should count our blessings.  We cannot recommend the Yavapai Lodge as a place to stay at the canyon.  Book more than 6 months out and try to get the Bright Angel Lodge.  We will stay off the rim in town before we would stay here again.

Enough complaing about trival things like sleep.  There is a huge hole in the ground to explore and explore we did. This morning was spent on a bus tour (with stops) out to the east side of the canyon.  It was interesting and we learned a few things about the plants, wildlife and history of the area.  The scenery was outstanding.  Pictures just do not do it justice.  Here are some anyway.

We then spent the afternoon walking the rim around the lodges.  We saw a Navajo Indian chant and dance.  We saw California Condors soaring overhead.  We watched a thunder storm roll down the Colorado River.   We watched the canyon change colors a dozen times.  It is obvious why this is one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.  Words are not available to me to describe the Grand Canyon, and anything I would try to say would be an injustice.  That is two places that left ME speechless. Go figure, me at a loss for words. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here you go:
Navajo                       California Condor                                Storm Bright Angel Trail

Overlook              platau                                Sarah at Yavapia Overlook

We observed stupid people take stupid risks with themselves and worse, with their children, on the edge of the canyon.  I am not sure why I am surprised at the depths of human stupidity, but some of the things I saw actually did surprise me.  Parents holding kids on the wall as they lean over the edge and encouraging the kid to lean farther was one example of why I don't like crowds.  I did not think the National Park Service would condone me holding some of the adults by their ankles over the side so I didn't.  There is always someone around to piss me off.

Tomorrow we leave for Las Vegas after a stop at the Hoover Dam. 

Type to you from Sin City, because not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Mike, Pat, and Sarah
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