The Grand Canyon

The southern edge or rim, is about 7000' elevation and the north rim is about 8500' enough elevation that the first day is always getting acclimated day! And sometimes it can be the second or even third day before you fair well with being so high!

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Karen Bain

A neighbor from Cincinnati

I put together a Grand Canyon and Monument Valley tour for our friends from Cincinnati. It was way too ambitious, but it seemed to work out OK. Drove the back way to Flagstaff, up thru Payson and Clints Well. Breakfast in Clints Well then on the the Canyon for check in and to watch the sunset. Dinner at El Tovar, but Karen suffered from altitute sickness and had to get to bed very early. Which made the second day nice for her... no more problems.

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Judy, Karen & Wayne

Neighbors from Cincinnati

I took the photo as we were waiting on the sun to paint on the canyon walls. I remember it was very chilly that day, and even more so the next morning. But the old Ford has a good heater!

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Big Horn Sheep

They have no fear of humans here at the canyon.

I am sure there are some unfortunate inccidents with humans interacting this close with wildlife... and as is normal the wildlife get hurt because of the humans lack of smarts. No problems here!

Dick & Judy
Sure... sometimes we are together!

We took Juan Antonio Piris Gacia's nephews, as he calls them, to a trip to see the Grand Canyon. On the way back we stopped in Flagstaff at Mike & Rhonda's for a great breakfast.

Paula, Judy, Jamie, Olivia and Hilary.
I am trying to get them all to look at the camera so the photo will be nice

Nothing seems to be working, but Paula also wants a group shot... so finally they straighten up and look my way!

Final pose...
click quick or you miss the opportunity!

With the Grand Canyon as a background it is very nearly impossible to mess up a family photo, but we were in a hurry...

Ever Wonder?
Whats down there, or out there?

Even in a photo you get so much detail that it is somewhat overwhelming. I guess that is why you must strain to see what is down there... but even when I had my binoculars I couldn't see it all, massive! But worth the attempt!

Big Hat, no horse!
Jorge was too little to go skiing with the big kids so...

We took Jorge with us to Sedona, then up to the Grand Canyon where we found him a great hat! It even came with a roach clip attached... of course he didn't know that.

Space... the final frontier!
I never get tired of just gazing at that stuff...

the colors constantly change as the sun moves through the day... more radical changes in the morning and evening but changes nonetheless.

Karen & Judy

Out on the edge...

The altitude and beauty surrounding one at the canyon just naturally make them "giddy!" I think its natural. Maybe.

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She stays in shape and runs around like a teenie bopper...

I was smoking at the time and had a hard time with the 7000' plus altitudeat the Rim. But it got better, I now get a pass and can drive out into the west circle and pretty much minimize the walking when I go... if I go. I would like to hit the north rim someday.

Jamie & Paula

No... the birds are not coming for them, yet!

I am sure they enjoyed the trip as much as the kids and I did! At least I hope so!

The Grand Canyon from the waters edge!

Photos below are from Barry Courts

Barry's Class A Motel

Out on the edge...

My friend Barry took the 9 day trip and floated the Colorado thru the Grand Canyon. He was kind enough to let us use some of his photos. Without which we could not have seen the innner detail of the Canyon, which is awesome.
Notice the total lack of bed bugs! I think the snakes eat 'em!

Details within details

can't see the details from the rim.

Barry, being adverturous by British birth, was kind enough to take some detailed photos and allow us there use. I thought the water feature was exceptional, but that was just my opinion, but since I am writing this... it is the only opinion that counts! The larger vistas are great but we want the details, eh wot?

Oh My Darling...

In a cavern, in a canyon
Excavating for a mine
Lived a miner, Forty-Niner
And his daughter, Clementine

Oh, my darling, Oh, my darling
Oh, my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine

Drove she ducklings to the water
Every morning just at nine
Hit her foot against a splinter
Fell into the foaming brine

There's a churchyard on the hillside
Where the flowers grow and twine
There grow roses, 'mongst the posies
Fertilized by Clementine

just couldn't help myself!
...such fitting poetry!