Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It is a GRAND Canyon!!

When we planned our trip west, we knew we wanted to include some travel and first on our list was The Grand Canyon. Neither of us had seen this big hole in the ground so it was on our Bucket List. It is an easy drive from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Williams, Arizona is a cute little town that bills itself as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. Marvin and I had fun looking at the shops and then having lunch before heading to the Canyon.

I had to pose with Smokey the Bear in memory of my Daddy, who worked for the US Forest Service in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Daddy used to sing the Smokey Bear song and he would change the lyrics to Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear, I saw him pull the Ranger's hair. That would make me and my sisters so mad at him. We knew Smokey would never do such a thing.:)

We stopped for lunch at Twisters. It is an old gas station that has been turned into a 50s style diner.

We finally made it to the park! We had to stop at Mather's overlook before checking into our lodge. Here is a tip for senior travelers. Did you know that if you are over 62 you can get a lifetime national park pass for just $10? Gary told Marvin to be sure and ask for it at the park gate. Well we used that pass at three parks we visited while on vacation. It is such a bargain for traveling seniors.

We chose to stay at Yavapai Lodge in the park. It was rather like being at summer camp but better lodgings. Our first choice was Bright Angel Lodge which is located right on the rim but it was full. Next time we are taking the first available room at Bright Angel and then we will plan our trip around those dates!!

Speaking of Bright Angel Lodge. We had breakfast there and it was delicious and not too pricy either!! It is an old Harvey Boarding House and Restaurant. If you like old movies as much as I do, you might have seen Judy Garland in The Harvey Girls circa 1946. Mr Harvey provided good clean lodging and food for travelers to the west. It was an alternative to saloons!! Actually in this movie, my beloved Angela Lansbury plays a dance hall girl!! I will do a post on the Harvey museum room located at Bright Angel Lodge soon!

This pretty vista is just outside the restaurant!!
Our favorite view of the park turned out to be the Desert View. We saw it on our way out of the park. It is not as crowded and you can see the river at the bottom of the canyon.

I have to admit that after a while, you begin to take all this beauty for granted. It is overwhelming.

On leaving The Grand Canyon, we drove three hours to Page, Arizona where Lake Powell is located. We stayed at the Lake Powell Marina and Resort and it was lovely. We really did not have enough time to check out Page and take a ride on the Lake to see the sites. Maybe next time. The resort was a pleasant surprise as it had mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. We were very happy with our stay there. I think you could take a month to visit all the wonderful places in this part of Arizona and Utah.


Terri D said...

Now I want to go...

Such breath-taking beauty. Your photos are great and I really love the memory of your dad singing the Smokey Bear song. Fun memories like that are so good for the heart!!

Thanks for sharing! I hope you have more for us!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Thanks Terri...tomorrow will be Las Vegas! It was an interesting place.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am enjoying your photos SO much! It's been years since we were there and we would love to go again. We have the over 62 passes. Canaveral is a National seashore and we can use our passes there every time we go. Love Smokey! What a cute photo of you. Sweet hugs, Diane

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Diane, I really thought this might be my last trip West but we enjoyed it so much we are talking of going back!!