In 2008 our daughters Emily and Melissa were attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. At Easter break Melissa took a road trip from California to Texas with her roommate Ashley and her friend Aurea. To make the trip economical they would stay with friends and family along the way. However, they wanted to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim and had no one to stay with.
We were in North Hollywood, California helping our friends Tom and Sue move to a new office. We got the call from Melissa asking if we had relatives near the canyon. We did not, so we moved our "motel" 497 miles to Grand Canyon Village at the rim to accommodate them.
A California sunset before we moved the MotherShip.
Our two bedroom motor-tel was just the right size for the girls and us. Watching a little TV on a chilly night before our canyon visit.
A nice backdrop for a group photo: Dad, Melissa, Mom, Ashley and Aurea.
The Grand Canyon lives up to its name; all the photos are grand.
Photos here are like those in Alaska; "every snapshot is a post card".
So many colors and variety of terrain.
And the contrasts are awesome.
You can see a slice of the Colorado River from some of the angles.
Just beautiful. And the canyon is nice too!
Wow! Colorado is a Spanish adjective for "red". Much of the Colorado has been dammed and the water is clear. But here you can see the river in its native color.
In March it is chilly but you should see the canyon with and without snow, both are great.
We chose just a dozen of the hundreds of photos we took. It wasn't easy to choose as each one is awesome and we don't use that word often.
Leaving the Grand Canyon and heading west from Williams, Arizona, you can drive a few of the remaining segments of Historic Route 66. When 66 was built in 1926 it ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Since then the national highway system has obliterated most of it. The remaining portions are a fun drive. Perhaps someday we'll drive all the remaining roads and create a Route 66 Photo Collection.
[Note: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is equally fabulous, see Grand Canyon North Rim.]
Next week we move on from Atascadero, maybe just a few miles, maybe farther, we'll see.