Culprits: Joel, Wendy, Pat, Chelsea, Linda, Wayne, Jaimie, Kendra, Ella (dog)
I was finally able to take some time off this month! Our plans are to go to the Grand Canyon (I've lived in Arizona for almost 20 years and have never seen it!), Page (near the Utah border), and Sedona.
Part 1: The Grand Canyon
Joel: We left Tucson early to go pick up Wendy's mom from the airport in Phoenix. After picking her up we stayed in Phoenix and we all went to this great brunch place called Fame (pronounced fah-mey... it's french). I judge breakfast places by their mimosas, and this one had a great one. Not as good as my favorite, Prep and Pastry, but pretty darn close. Let's just say it did the job and I didn't get stuck with the driving... at least at first.
Wendy: Joel got a head start on the rest of us, and left out the shopping trip where we picked up supplies for the vacation at Total Wine. Funny thing is, I wouldn't say any of us are drinkers, but you wouldn't know it by our shopping cart! My uncle stayed in the car for this little shopping adventure.
Joel: We only went into the grand canyon park briefly the night we arrived. Just long enough to see the sunset and eat at a place called the "Bright Angel Lodge".
The third day was awesome. The weather was perfect. In the morning, Jaimie, Kendra, and I went hiking 2 miles deep into the canyon on a trail called "Cedar Ridge". It had lots of switchbacks and was very steep. Walking back up to the trail head is definitely a good leg workout.
The group also walked the "Trail of Time", which had a lot of information about how the canyon was formed and it's timeline. After that, Wendy, Pat, and I drove 25 miles to a tower lookout where we could see the canyon from a different perspective, and we could see more of the Colorado river.
Now, we are in Flagstaff. Jaimie and Chelsea had to go back to Phoenix and Tucson. We are all meeting back in Page, Arizona tomorrow night. That's all for now!
Wendy: There were many "nope spots" along the rim, where only the people with faulty brain wiring go. I was not one of those, and I couldn't look at the ones who were without a lot of anxiety.