We left Joshua Tree to make it towards Grand Canyon. We made it after a very long drive to Williams where we found a decent campsite and then headed to the little town of Williams. It is such a cute little town that really is the gateway to the Grand Canyon. They Grand Canyon Railroad takes off from there and if we didn’t have a 4 legged kid with us we would have done it. Anyway, we were only gonna stay at the campground that we stayed at for one night and then move closer to the Grand Canyon but there was things we needed to do in Williams so we stayed where we were and drove the hour to the park.
The campground we stayed at was Garland Prairie Road Dispersed Camping. It was free and was really a nice area. My only complaint was no real workable cell service. We figured ok, next place will have it so we will just suffer it out until then.
We headed into the Grand Canyon in the afternoon on the second day and it was a good time to go, crowds were lighter and our wait to get in was not so bad. Well the I should say the crowds were lighter as far as waiting at the gate and parking. However, the first thing the both of us thought was wow this is like Animal Kingdom (Disney for those of you who aren’t familiar), heavy crowds and sort of hot. We got the papers from the Rangers and got the lay of the land. Eris was able to do anything on top of the rim, which I was good with that, I didn’t have any intentions of hiking down at least not this time. So we hiked the rim and oh my it did not disappoint. I am grateful for digital camera and I did not have to print the what would have been rolls and rolls of film in my previous days. We headed into the park twice like this, in the afternoon and the second time in we did the scenic drive and again were not disappointed. We did see some Elk, and deer on both days. Eris really doesn’t know what to make of them. Really since we weren’t really going to be doing any of the hikes other then on the rim two days or should I say 1 full day was really enough. The beauty was amazing and every step we took was breathtaking. But after a while we realized that everywhere we turned would not look much different then the other locations.
One day while there we headed into Williams to go to the laundromat. It was clean and reasonable. Another evening we were so looking forward to going to the Grand Canyon Brewery. Well when we got there we were sadly disappointed. It was filled to capacity and no one, I mean no one, except us was wearing a mask. Felt so unsafe. We had Covid once and we do not want to get it again. So we left.
Another day we took a drive to Flagstaff, what a beautiful place. We could move there if we didn’t already have our winter home in Florida. We took Eris to the groomer, got her bathed and nails done, got an oil change in the truck, found an REI where we got Eris a pair of boots, she was not thrilled with them when we tried them on her but she may like them in the future. Also, we decided that all the REI’s out here have amazing views. The view was San Fransciso mountain range. Mike asked the girl at REI and said if there is one thing we have to do in Flagstaff what would it be, she did not hesitate to say Snow Bowl. We were taking the scenic drive home so we passed right but the mountain pass that took us up to Snow Bowl. Eris did not know what to make of that white stuff. We didn’t try her in the boots, maybe we should have. Snow Bowl itself was closed but there were trailheads there. We weren’t really prepared for snow and ice so we headed back down. We drove the rest of the beautiful drive back home and just chilled.
After a few days we figured we have seen enough and were ready to move on and on the morning we decided we needed to head down to lower elevation we woke up to 15 degrees. We were headed to Sedona for a few days to check out the red rocks.
So be sure to check back next week to hear all about our stay in Sedona.
This week I am most grateful for the addition of the handle on our screen door. Where we are currently it is 25-30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. It’s crazy, to hear about this be sure to check back with us next week.
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Hope, Mike and Eris