Day 78 - Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona(USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

The RV is proving not to be much of a sleep haven. Dylan fell out of bed twice last night,strangely it doesn't seem to wake him, then fussed, moaned and chatted in his sleep through the night, very unsettled sleeping. Of course we feel him this morning and he is burning up. High temperature of 102 degrees, and saying he doesn't feel very well. Tiddles is really sick again over night, and in the morning, but still perky. She has pretty much been through all her night wear and grobags and we are washing machine less in the middle of the forest. Hey ho, hoping some Canyon air will do us all good. Dylan asks Rich 300 questions as to why his best friend Heidi won't be going to the same preschool as him in September. It's obviously been playing on his mind. We assure him they will still play together at the weekends.

Today we pick up the red route Hermits Rest shuttle bus to explore more viewpoints along the South Rim of the canyon. Yesterday we explored the Eastern viewpoints, so today we are heading west. The shuttle bus informs us that it's actually 8.30am and not 9.30am as we thought. Yet another time change. We will try to check these from now on, although this one is in our favour so we are well ahead of the game. The first viewpoint we choose to hop off at is called Mohave Point. We'd expected it to be thronging with tourists as described in the guide book, but there are only two other people at our viewpoint, and they move on quickly leaving us alone with the Canyon. It is so hard to photograph the Grand Canyon to give a good impression of it. It's just a snap of such a tiny part of what you can see in front of you. It's gigantic. This, of course, doesn't stop us snapping away at the scene in front. No surprise that it is one of the seven wonders of the world.

From here we walk the rim trail walk. We had expected to be separated by railings or a fence from the canyon, but there is nothing. It's yours to explore as you please. Emma and Taya head out onto some stone platforms jutting out, Emma returns with wobbly knees. It's a very long way down. There are very few people on our walk at all, it's almost totally silent - this is added by Dylan not feeling 100% and Taya being asleep, so we can take in the views and take stock of the fact that we are actually in this amazing place as a little family. We walk to Hopi Point, then to Powell Point where we pick up the shuttle bus back to the RV for lunch.

Dylan doesn't want his roll he created - cheese, ham and jam! and he falls asleep in the drivers seat whilst we eat ours. All weak and feeble today, poor little man. We play stickers and cars in the van after naps, and some medicine which brings Dylan's temperature down really quickly.

Emma pops to the library in town to pick up some wifi to research places to stay in the next two locations on our adventure. Crazy, but we literally can't survive without wifi, our whole lives revolve around it. So different to when we travelled ten years ago and we barely logged onto the Internet, only to send a group email of our progress. A quick shop to stock up, and then back to the campsite for a BBQ. The coals take forever to heat, so we cheat and do the sausages on the hob and the burgers on the BBQ.

The boys do the campsite nature trail into the National forest. Just a stroll through nice pine trees. Speedy bedtimes for tired children.
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Grandad Ian on

The views over the last two days of the Grand Canyon are breathtaking. Wonderful stuff!

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