Hail, Hail...the Gang was here

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Grand Canyon Day Three-The Gang Arrives

The day started with sun filtered by light cloud cover.  The temperature was mild enough for us Northlanders.

Lisa and the gang arrived just before lunch, so we met them at the Delicatessen for a quick meal before heading to the Canyon.  They had gotten up at six AM to make it from Phoenix and arrive at a reasonable time.  It was great to share hugs and handshakes with them all.

We decided to do a repeat of yesterday's trip to Yaki Point and the Kaibab Trailhead.  Lisa had been there on an extended field trip when she was in Helena High School in what was then called "Science Seminar."  She was excited to see the spot again.

Voila!  When we got there, it was, indeed, the same spot that her class had visited.  Today, however, we decided to hike down to the "Ooh and Aah Point", about three quarters of a mile, trail wise and about eight hundred feet in elevation.  Lynn and I brought along our trekking poles, so the hike was much easier and, incidentally, safer.  Lisa timed us, including stops for oohing and aahing and photos, at about an hour and a quarter.  To us septuagenarians, that was a great time and quite surprising.  Staying fit is a good thing...

It was a thrill for us to see each of the gang experiencing the Canyon for the first time.  Lisa had a great "Re-do."  It is breathtaking to be sure.

After our second down and up adventure we headed back to the Museum of Geology so those interested could learn a bit more of the realities of the Canyon.  From that vantage point, one can see the Suspension Bridge which spans the Colorado River and is part of the Kaibab Trail.  With the assistance of a Park Service telescope, one could also see a few rafts moored there near the bridge.  I did get a shot of that spot too.  By now, the photos should be available at flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/sets/72157643433058854/

We then bussed a bit more and stopped at the General Store so our guests could pick up a few "items of proof" that they had, in fact, been here.

We met them at Fiona where Lynn led them on a tour of our new road Digs.

After snacks we had a fine meal of White Chicken Lasagna, ciabatta rolls and a green salad.  (The making of that lasagna was quite the circus yesterday for us both.  I swear that every flat surface, save the floor, had a vessel on it. Quite fun...)

The gang departed before dark, since they had to check in at their lodging in Tusayan, a few miles south of our location.  Lynn and I did the clean up so our guests could truly say that they are "on vacation."  Not original, but true nonetheless: A good/great time was had by all.  We'll meet again near Scottsdale after they visit Sedona and we overnight at Camp Verde.

Our trip here, to Camp Verde, was a bit "moved by the wind spirits" but passed uneventfully.  Lynn has done the laundry and I have swept and set up the coach for the duration.  We'll be keeping in touch...
Oh yes, it IS much warmer down here in the lower lands.

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TJ on

Looks amazing down there. Have fun and don't fall in.

ferdie on

so GLAD you all got together for the tour! What awesome country! Love that Sedona area!! Gonna be 70 here this week, so they say! Hugs....

Debbie Shea on

Cousin Deb

Bonnie on

Hi to all it sounds like way too much fun! I am coveting!!!

Mike Noble on

Looked at the photos and as usual, great shots of your voyage....liked the reflection selfie.....the bridge is awesome....I have been over it a few times and over the dam before it was built but now need to do it like you did....to get those great photos of the bridge. Looked like a sunny and warm day to hike. Sorry for the lapse in responding...Cam is gone again so ......well, you know. Thanks for the post.

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