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Visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Terrific time at the Grand Canyon!  Hiked a bit of the Bright Angel Trail, rode the shuttle bus to Hopi Point on the South side, returned to the east side Desert View and climbed the Tower, etc.  Mather Campground was beautiful. 

I was again surprised at how big the place is!  It looks like on the map you can walk from the campground to the rim, but that is a LONG walk.  In fact, we didn't even bike it.  So we were glad to be able to drive and see different overlooks.

We're on to Zion National Park now.  We've stopped in the middle of the painted desert on the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (89A) and this gas station and lodge (Marble Canyon Lodge) offers free internet.  We had no cell or internet in the park and so here we addicts sit on the bench outside the lodge!

Lia's birthday tomorrow is big time excitement.

Visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  I'm going to try to find something she'll love to do, like horseback ride.

Hey!  There's our Adventure Cyclist friend, Matthew! --- He says headed to Zion too.  I think we'll beat him by a few days because the wind is terrible.  I offered to pull him behind Ciao Baby, but he's too independent.  Hehe!

And there's a family sitting here waiting on their ride from Kingwood, TX, just south of The Woodlands!  They were on a 7-day rafting trip- had a terrific time- and look pretty beat.  They cannot find their ride and while I offered to drive them somewhere, they don't know where to go.  So here they sit with us.  They seem in pretty good spirits about it all.

Okay, computer needs charging- we've been dry camping - and I'm out of things to say except Happy Father's Day to all the Dads that we couldn't contact on Sunday!  Hope you had a super-dee-dooper day!

Love,

Tessa (who cannot seem to download my email yet...)

 

quinnkris says:
The Quinns love following your progress on the map and in your descriptions. Glad you are out of the dry desert. That didnt sound very comfortable!! Grand Canyon pics look marvelous.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
susandent says:
9 Years Old - what a wonderful age! Happy Birthday Lia! Enjoy your day and remember how much we all love you! Your travels sound like so much fun - what an adventure! We love seeing all the pictures :) :)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
proller says:
Happy Birthday, Lia - a day early!!! I know - you must be TERRIBLY surprised that we're early. he he Hope ya'll have a great time at Zion and make it a great day. All is well here - still trying to sell our house - just lowered the price (sigh). Today Katherine and Harrison asked when they'll get to see you all again. Well???? :)
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
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Visiting the South Rim of the Gran…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gra…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gran…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gra…
Bright Angel Lodge- Grand Canyon
Bright Angel Lodge- Grand Canyon
Hiking the Bright Angel Trail
Hiking the Bright Angel Trail
Visiting the South Rim of the Gran…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gra…
Silly tourist picture at Hopi Point
Silly tourist picture at Hopi Point
Visiting the South Rim of the Gran…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gra…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gran…
Visiting the South Rim of the Gra…
South rim
South rim
Watching the mule team
Watching the mule team
Watching the mule team
Watching the mule team
Bright Angel trailhead
Bright Angel trailhead
Taking a rest on the return up the…
Taking a rest on the return up th…
South rim
South rim
Sunset- Desert View by ampitheatre
Sunset- Desert View by ampitheatre
Sunset- Desert View by ampitheatre
Sunset- Desert View by ampitheatre
Sunset- Desert View by ampitheatre
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Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Sunset- Desert View
Lias first look at the Grand Cany…
Lia's first look at the Grand Can…
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
East rim morning
Daddy-on-a-Stick goes to the Grand…
Daddy-on-a-Stick goes to the Gran…
IMax movie mob
IMax movie mob
Ciao Baby likes Mather Campground,…
Ciao Baby likes Mather Campground…
Beautiful Mather Campground, South…
Beautiful Mather Campground, Sout…
Beautiful Mather Campground, South…
Beautiful Mather Campground, Sout…
Elk at Mather CG
Elk at Mather CG
Mather CG Ranger program
Mather CG Ranger program
Arriving at Mather CG Ranger progr…
Arriving at Mather CG Ranger prog…
Lia likes feeling the Lion fur and…
Lia likes feeling the Lion fur an…
Quills found inside a wildcat
Quills found inside a wildcat
Skull of a mountain lion & paw pri…
Skull of a mountain lion & paw pr…
Ranger Loris collection of animal…
Ranger Lori's collection of anima…
Full house at the Rangers program
Full house at the Ranger's program
Scat collection
Scat collection
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Daddy-on-a-Stick loved the Ranger…
Ranger Lori was a spectacular pres…
Ranger Lori was a spectacular pre…
Typical Grand Canyon office at Des…
Typical Grand Canyon office at De…
Watchtower at Desert View- East Rim
Watchtower at Desert View- East Rim
Visiting Desert View gift shop
Visiting Desert View gift shop
Typical Grand Canyon office at Des…
Typical Grand Canyon office at De…
Building the watchtower
Building the watchtower
View from inside the top of the Wa…
View from inside the top of the W…
View from inside the top of the Wa…
View from inside the top of the W…
View from inside the top of the Wa…
View from inside the top of the W…
View from inside the top of the Wa…
View from inside the top of the W…
Inside the top of the Watchtower
Inside the top of the Watchtower
Inside the top of the Watchtower
Inside the top of the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Inside the Watchtower
Grand Canyon from the Watchtower
Grand Canyon from the Watchtower
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
East rim- Watchtower Desert View
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