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    Grand Canyon - any tips?

    We're heading for Grand Canyon Fall '19. Will be in the motorhome, probably stay in Flagstaff.

    Who's been and wants to tell me about your trip and share tips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    We're heading for Grand Canyon Fall '19. Will be in the motorhome, probably stay in Flagstaff.

    Who's been and wants to tell me about your trip and share tips?
    No tip, as I've never been there, but are you going to do the glass walkway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle View Post
    no tip, as i've never been there, but are you going to do the glass walkway?
    yes!!
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    Don't step too close to the edge?
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    Yep, the collective demends some cool glass walkway pics. :) Is there anything there to commerorate any of the canyon jump attempts? I would avoid any helicopter tours. :)
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    You will not be able to do any real driving in the park - you can only drive so far and then have to take buses around the rim area. No matter - it is worth every minute - the views are spectacular. If you want to take a real hike, the rim to rim is about 23 miles long, and will take a well conditioned adult about 16 - 18 hours to do it. I did it once, and never, ever, again. Left before dawn, about 0400 on Bright Angel Trail, hiked down, across the river, up the north rim, and back, Got back around 2200 with a bit of daylight left. Vertigo is a possibility standing on the edge of the rim or even on the trails, so watch your step. If you sit in one spot for three or four hours, the color change is amazing. I don't think the skywalk is in the park, but on the reservation by the Crazy Horse carving. You will not regret any part of your visit at all. The North rim is much less accessible, but no crowds, and at places 1600 feet higher in elevation, so a jacket or sweatshirt handy would be a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    We're heading for Grand Canyon Fall '19. Will be in the motorhome, probably stay in Flagstaff.

    Who's been and wants to tell me about your trip and share tips?


    I've been.

    No tips. Just enjoy the view!




    I found it breathtaking. My wife found it to be a big uninteresting hole in the ground.
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    Well, it's been in your mouth for like, three hours. It feels like it's full of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxick View Post
    I've been.
    Tell me about your trip. How long were you there? Where did you stay? What did you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vraiblonde View Post
    Tell me about your trip. How long were you there? Where did you stay? What did you do?
    Well, we lived in Tucson for a while. One day we were out and about and decided on a whim to head up to the Grand Canyon.

    It was October. In Tucson, that means it was somewhere between 90 and 100 outside, and we were looking for a lunchtime picnic area in the Catalina Mountains, so the family was dressed in shorts and tanktops. The Grand Canyon came up in passing conversation, and I said, "Wanna go?". She said yes, and we turned the jeep around and drove across town and hopped on Rt 10 headed north.

    6 hours later, we're in Flagstaff.... where there was snow on the ground and it was about 30 degrees outside. We continued up Rt 89 for a while and somewhere between Flagstaff and the Canyon we found a Day's Inn (The name Lee's Ferry seems to be ringing a bell in my head, but I'm not totally sure). So, snow on the ground and dressed for the beach, I ran inside the hotel and turned the heat on, while my wife and kids waited in the car for the room to become inhabitable. Eventually we got the kids nestled in, and I went off to buy clothes and jackets for everyone.

    The next morning, we hopped back on 89 and drove north till the road ended. We started hiking northward and the density of people told us we were headed in the right direction. I remember clearing a bunch of trees and there it was.

    Majestic as ####!

    I stopped and just stared at it for a few minutes. My oldest (5 at the time) was the only one of the kids who had any idea what was happening. I had as close to a religious experience as I've ever had. My wife, as I mentioned before, was unimpressed. "It's nice" she said.


    In my opinion, saying "It's nice" about the Grand Canyon was like telling someone standing in the path of a tsunami that they fixin ta get "damp".

    There's a glass outcropping somewhere along the canyon now. It didn't exist when we were there, and honestly I have no idea how far away we were from it's eventual site. The place we landed was very undeveloped. Very wilderness-y, and I am very glad of that. And, of course, my oldest kept screaming to hear his echo.




    After he heard me do it first.

    We stayed until lunchtime or so, then found a restaurant and visited a couple shops then headed on home. I was going to suggest we go by Winston and visit the Crater hole, but I couldn't imagine that would have been received any better than the canyon.
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    Well, it's been in your mouth for like, three hours. It feels like it's full of water.

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    My tip? Do not try to take selfies!

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