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The Grand Canyon

 

Curtis & Carolyn Loftin

15 Jun 2006

 
 
Carolyn and I flew to Las Vegas with Duke and Myrl Peeler from 12 Jun 2006 to 17 Jun 2006 for a 6-day vacation. While we were in Vegas, we chose to do a day-trip to see Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. For $154.99 each, we booked our trip with Showtime Tours for 15 Jun 2006. This popular tour to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, included two stops while there at Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge.
 

The Grand Canyon

 
 
It was an early morning departure with plans to be back in Las Vegas about 9:00 PM that night
 
 
 
 
Hoover Dam
 

Our first stop on the trip was at Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam, also known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. The dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as Secretary of Commerce and then later on as President. Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935, more than two years ahead of schedule.

 
We finally arrived at Hoover Dam where we stopped for a short while to look and take some photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arizona Landscape
 
Having lived in North Carolina for my whole life, I found the desert landscape fascinating and beautiful - definitely nothing like we have in NC. All of these photos were taken from my bus window as we traveled down the road.
 
The beauty started even before we got to the Grand Canyon
 
 
 
 
The longer we traveled the more plants and greenery we saw
 
 
 
 
 
Eventually we saw the prairie grasses, too ...
 
... cows, fields and even a train, too
 
 
 
 
 
Lunch at Max & Thelma's
 
Shortly before we arrived at the Grand Canyon, we stopped at Max & Thelma's for a delicious buffet lunch. As we re-boarded our tour bus, we were boarded by an armed outlaw. We were definitely in the west. Their location was 231 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ 86046.
 
 
 
 
Grand Canyon Railway and Williams Depot
 
 
 
 
 
The Grand Canyon
 

The bus trip from Las Vegas to our stop at the Grand Canyon in Arizona was about a 3-hour drive. We pulled into the Bright Angel Lodge and parked. Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935, has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. The majestic Grand Canyon was on the back side of the Bright Angel Lodge.

 
 
 
 
 
Our First Breathtaking View
 
 

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park and the people and the Navajo Nation. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major supporter of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

 
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles  wide and attains a depth of over a mile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans, who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Grand Canyon area has some of the cleanest air in the United States. Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rims are high enough to receive winter snowfall, but along the Colorado River in the Inner Gorge, temperatures are similar to those found in other low elevation desert locations in Arizona. Aside from casual sightseeing from the South Rim (averaging 7,000 feet [2,100 m] above sea level), skydiving, rafting, hiking, running, and helicopter tours are popular. The floor of the valley is accessible by foot, muleback, or by boat or raft from upriver. Hiking down to the river and back up to the rim in one day is discouraged by park officials because of the distance, steep and rocky trails, change in elevation, and danger of heat exhaustion from the much higher temperatures at the bottom.

 
 
Time to get back on the bus and move to another location
 
If you're so inclined, you can even rent a burro and ride down the narrow paths into the canyon
 
After the bus parks, we walk to the next overlook
 
 
 
What an awesome view where God's hand painted a variety of colors for us to enjoy - Views from the South Rim
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
The Grand Canyon Visitor's Center
 
 
 
 
I'm glad we weren't with this tour group - the bus driver turned too sharp and ended up in a ditch
You can see the bus driver thinking, "What am I gonna do now?"
 
 
 
Post Cards From the Grand Canyon
 
When I travel, I almost always buy post cards. I enjoy taking my own photos, but there are some shots that I couldn't possibly get with my camera so post cards are a good way to get some of those, too. Here are a few of the post cards I bought at the Grand Canyon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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All photos by Curtis D Loftin and Alan Duke Peeler