Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grand Canyon trip

We are back from our trip to an intergenerational Elderhostel with our granddaughter to the Grand Canyon. We flew to Las Vegas and on our way to the site we drove on a portion of old Route 66 in western Arizona.

Wow! What a difference from last week at Lake Michigan! Dry, dusty and hot, hot.

In one "ghost" town we saw wild burros, left from the days the Army used them to carry loads (WWI?).

They really weren't very WILD since they were cruising the main street looking for handouts. Lots of people had brought carrots to feed them. SaraRachel and Charlie were able to pat them with no problems.

One day we drove in vans down a feeder canyon and then all played in the silty waters of the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Lots of particles suspended in this water! Any white clothes turned tan that day!

Buckets were provided so the kids could douse the grandparents--and one another.

The next day we rafted 30+ miles inside the canyon, where we were glad to get splashed by the rapids because the temperature was 110 F.

Some of the rapids were strong enough to wash away our hats, so everyone had to have a method of tying them on. SaraRachel used a scrunchie, and some string around her ponytail.

At the end of our rafting tour we were lifted out of the canyon by an 8 minute helicopter ride! SaraRachel said that was the "best" event of the trip for her.

We ALL had a good time together, including the two nights in Las Vegas where we used the airport. However, I still don't think Las Vegas is a vacation spot for me. Just not my kind of thing! Quiet and nature are what I like.



SaraRachel's enthusiasm for everything

New experiences

Home to my own bed!

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