Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Grand Canyon

Monday morning we woke up early and headed to the Grand Canyon.  It took forever to get into the park.  After an hour of inching along, we found what was holding up traffic - a deer on the side of the road that everyone was stopping to take pictures of.  Whatever.  We eventually made it to the Visitor's Center, parked, and headed out toward the Canyon.  I made Jeremy and Kirsten close their eyes and I led them to the lookout point.  When Jeremy opened his eyes, he audibly gasped as he saw this....
 They were all three entranced with the beauty of it.  The pictures really cannot do it justice, but we took them anyways.

Kirsten was very good about not going too close to the edge and staying where there were guard rails.
And Katie was back in her seat of honor for the day.
Looking down at Phantom Ranch
Indian Springs Campground
After we walked the rim trail and got some lunch, we went to a story time at the El Tovar.  They have teachers who spend their summers working at the park and doing education  programs for kids.
They read a book called "Mule Train Mail" all about how the mules go down the Canyon Monday through Friday year round, regardless of weather, to deliver the mail to the bottom of the canyon.  Crazy.  Then the kids had a relay race carrying bags of mail.  Kirsten's team won!
Kirsten completed her Junior Ranger requirements and then had a swearing in ceremony with a few other kiddos.
We ended the day by hiking about a mile down the Bright Angel Trail.  Kirsten wanted to go further down, but knowing we had to go back, I made her turn around.  It was a good thing too, because by the time we got to the top she was begging to be carried.
We took the shuttle back to our car and headed back to the hotel in Flagstaff.  I feel like we hardly made a dent in what we wanted to do.  We are hoping to go back in a few years and stay at the Rim for a few days so that we can have the full experience.  

We got to the hotel and pulled the blackout curtains and had the kids in bed by 6:30.  Love it!  We were all exhausted, but it was a wonderful day.

We headed home on Tuesday and decided to drive straight through, which got us home at 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning.  We had such a wonderful trip and the girls did so well in the car.  No tantrums, no meltdowns, no fights, anything.  It gives me so much hope for future car trips!  I love my family so much and feel so blessed to have been able to spend 8 wonderful days with them.

1 comment:

Janet Adams Starnes said...

It still looks about the same, I guess some things--like the Grand Canyon don't change much as the whole world changes around it. I am so glad you had a good vacation and that Jeremy, Kirsten and Katie got to see new places and you got to share memories. Love, MOM