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Grand (trip to the) Canyon

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Last weekend we had a fabulous trip to the Grand Canyon . The trip was a surprise  get-away to celebrate Father’s Day for Elaine’s dad. The canyon was a perfect place to celebrate and a lot of fun to vacation with the Arkin’s, Martinez’s, and Gutierrez’s.

We left after work on Thursday evening and drove to Laughlin, NV. Elaine and I had pre-booked a $25 hotel room at the Golden Nugget Casino. We got in really late but had a fun time splashing in the pool the following morning. Believe it or not it was over 90 degrees at 10am when we were in the pool…It gets really hot in the middle of no-where.

From Laughlin we drove a couple hours and met the entire family in the cool (definitely not temperature) town of Williams, AZ, which falls on the old Route 66 Highway. We didn’t spend a lot of time in the town, but spent a couple hours looking in shops and eating a giant piece of pie.

The following day we embarked on our journey to the Canyon on a two hour train ride. The train ride was a great part of the trip and a fun way to travel to the canyon. When we arrived we took a bus tour of the South Rim of the canyon and stared off into the depths of the almost surreal landscape. It truly is a beautiful and breathtaking place. We took a million pictures and these are some that are on my phone…IMG_5873 IMG_5778 IMG_5845 IMG_5773

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We left for Santa Barbara the following day. We knew it was going to be a long trip back and decided to have a two hour layover in Kingsman, AZ. For most people it is a drive through town, but we spent a majority of our time in a Route 66 Museum. It was pretty cool but most importantly it met our break criteria 1) air conditioning 2) space for Mason to run around.

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The next stop in our driving tour of towns that I never want to live in was Barstow, CA. We stopped there to get gas, pizza, and to watch a beautiful sunset. The sky was pinkish-red for a long period and it made the 104 degree Mojave desert glow.

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As you can see from the photos the trip was a huge success! Fun vacation, great company, and beautiful scenary!


2 responses »

  1. Mom and Dad Watson

    We didn’t know it was a surprise Father’s Day event for Ken. How nice. Looks like it was a good one. And to have a train ride on top of it for Mason would have been fun. And less driving too. Now we understand the Barstow comment on the other picture and can see the red of the sunset in Mason’s face. Thanks for some great family and canyon pictures. I love the of everyone on the train steps! Mom

  2. Looks like such a fun trip! Thanks for sharing all the pictures and the great details too! I’m sort of ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, but I love living vicariously through everyone else!


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