The Grand Canyon: More Than a Big Hole

I know that the Grand Canyon is probably the most iconic family vacation spot in America. That it is at the top of a great many bucket lists. (And if anyone can explain the ‘bucket list’ to me I would really appreciate it. Are you putting things in the bucket or taking them out? I just don’t know.) Call me jaded or apathetic or just plain stupid, but I have never really had a desire to see the Grand Canyon. In my mind it was just a big hole in the ground. (I can hear a great cry ringing out after that last comment.) But before you chastise me any further let me say that I have changed my opinion of this Natural Wonder.

It was a long drive from New Mexico to Williams AZ, where we spent the night before traveling on to the Grand Canyon the next day. On the way we visited Holbrook, where we were serenaded and also spent several hours at the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest.  By the time we checked in at the hotel I was exhausted and the children were mad with pent-up energy. At this point I’m still more interested in exploring the shops in downtown Williams than the 15th oldest national park in America.

The next morning after eating our continental breakfast, alone, we headed out.

breakfast

 

Oliver doing his best statue impression.

Williams, AZ

Not many people visiting the Grand Canyon at this time of the year. We practically had the place to ourselves.

While driving down the highway we stopped at the Flintstones Bedrock City RV Park. Which was a good thing too because it probably won’t be around much longer. It seems that the local city officials are of the opinion that it doesn’t fit in with the Western image they are trying to put forth.

We liked it anyway.

Flintstones Bedrock ParkFinally we made it to our destination!

Grand Canyon

And it was breathtaking!

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 

Yes, those are crazy people! There have been at least 685 deaths at the Grand Canyon.

Squirrel Grand Canyon

 

Ivy is greeted by a member of the park’s Squirrel Hospitality Crew.

Although we only saw a small part of it, it was still awe-inspiring. I can see now why people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.

 

 

 

The Singing Navajo

 

wigwam hotel

About a month ago we visited the Grand Canyon. To make the most of our three day trip we stopped at several places on the way there and back. One side trip we simply couldn’t pass up was the iconic Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ.

While adding to our copious volume of travel photos we were approached by David Daniel Toby; a Navajo man. How do I know he was Navajo? Because he told us several times, even going so far as to show us his I.D. After introducing himself he asked for money (for food, of course) and we gave our standard answer that we don’t carry cash. But the girls made him a sandwich; just in case he really was feeling a bit peckish. And in return for this small donation he offered us a song. By his definition it is comparable to “Hit the Road Jack”.

Below is a video for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!