Camping at the Canyon

Unreliable phone service equals no blog posting while camping at the Grand Canyon. I am going to try to cover three days in one post!

Day 9, June 5, 2016 – Leg 1: Albuquerque, NM to Petrified Forest National Park -236 Miles

The Petrified Forest was not a planned stop.  Those of you who know me, know that I like schedules.  However, I had to use the restroom (no surprise to anyone who knows me) and since we have a National Park annual pass, we decided to make the stop.  I was glad David suggested the quick break at the park! We did not do the entire scenic drive, but we were able to get some great pictures of the Painted Desert!

Day 9, June 5, 2016 – Leg 2: Petrified Forest to Sedona, AZ – 154 Miles

Sedona was a planned stop.  One we wished we didn’t have on the schedule – not because Sedona isn’t absolutely glorious – we just had such limited time we could spend there. We were really trying to make it to the Grand Canyon before dark so we could set up camp.  By the time we had lunch in Sedona, we had to get right back on the road.  This is definitely a justification for another trip to Arizona.

Day 9, June 5, 2016 – Leg 3: Sedona, AZ to Grand Canyon National Park – 114 Miles

Well, we made it to the campground and got the tent set up before complete darkness set in – barely.  We did, however, have to blow up two air mattresses and cook dinner in darkness.  (Only one of the 5 lanterns we packed worked/had batteries).

Days 10/11, June 6 & 7, 2016: Grand Canyon National Park

If you have never been to the Grand Canyon – you MUST GO! Words and pictures cannot begin to describe the magnificence of this place.  IMG_1768

We began our first full day at the canyon with an amazing breakfast prepared by Gillian and David.

Following breakfast we set out to see the main attraction.  Wow! Just WOW!

Later that day we returned to our camp site and saw that our new (very large) raven friends liked beer. We had been warned about keeping all food put away and locked up – I didn’t think beer would be an issue.  I actually joked earlier that the only cooler that wasn’t “raven secure” was the styrofoam cooler we bought the day before for extra ice and the beer.  I told David we would return to camp with drunk ravens hanging out.  Sure enough… the ravens are beer lovers! I could probably get along with these birds!

After dinner, we went to the Star Party. For eight days in June, Grand Canyon National Park, in conjunction with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, hosts amateur astronomers from across the country, who volunteer their expertise, and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing. We just happened to be visiting the Grand Canyon during the 2016 Star Party! We saw the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn!

The second morning we enjoyed a ranger talk about the history of the Grand Canyon and then set out to see more breathtaking views.

Our last adventure at the Grand Canyon was a sunset tour.

Throughout our stay we ran into many Elk and Mule Deer! These pictures are at our campsite.

The Grand Canyon was good to us! I feel so fortunate to be able to be living this adventure! Everyone should have the opportunity to experience our world’s natural beauty!

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