Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Another Thing Crossed Off The Bucket List

Hazy, but beautiful
Over the weekend Hubby Tony and I went on a whirlwind trip out west. We left St. Louis Thursday night to fly into Phoenix.  After we picked up a rental car, we met up with Son Tony and stayed at his house. Friday we all drove to the Grand Canyon, where we hiked and explored until after the sun went down. 

The early spring weather at the Grand Canyon was all over the place.  During our main hike in the middle of the afternoon I started with a long-sleeved shirt base layer and put on/took off a light winter coat as needed.  Some times I added a rain poncho to accommodate a few light sprinkles.  As the day wore on it got colder and windier.  After dinner we took a shuttle bus to the canyon rim to watch the sunset.  Sadly, about ten minutes before the sun went completely down a heavy layer of clouds rolled in right over the canyon rim, blocking most of what we'd come to see. 

Sun peeking through the clouds
We spent Friday night at one of the Canyon's lodges, then explored more on Saturday.  After we left the park we drove to Flagstaff, where we had a hotel close to historic Route 66.  I'd chosen this location because we'd be able to walk to the downtown shops and restaurants.  However, a steady rain started falling as we pulled into town, which curtailed out plans.

Sunday morning it was clear and sunny.  We were able to walk to breakfast, then checked out of the hotel and drove to a nearby church for mass.  Next we drove back to the downtown area and explored on foot, then got back in the car and headed south back to Phoenix (detouring over to Sedona for lunch).  We arrived in Phoenix shortly before dinnertime.  After dinner we played a couple of rounds of Rummykub before heading to bed.

Monday morning after Son Tony left for work, Hubby Tony and I took a walk through his neighborhood, came home and showered, then packed up our stuff and left for the airport and home.

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8 comments:

  1. what a lovely trip! It rained when I was on Route 66 last August too. But we did get a Grand Canyon sunset.

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    1. We have mixed luck with vacation weather, but lately it seems to be more positive than negative. Sadly, not the case this time.

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  2. Sounds like a grand trip. Also sounds like you crammed a lot into a very short time.

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    1. We had a taste of several things, with plans to get back again at some point.

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  3. Oh now this is somewhere I'd love to go. Sure sounds like you had a grand time and managed to pack a lot in. How fun.

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    1. It was a wonderful mini-vacation.

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