Arrival at the Grand Canyon

We have arrived! It was a windy drive to Flagstaff but got better after that and by noon we were at the Trailer Village Campground in the Grand Canyon Village. It wasn’t too busy when we arrived but later in the day there were many RVs arriving. Its not full but definitely busy. Our site was an easy pull through and as level as we’ve had in a long time, no blocks necessary. Once we got set up we decided to get the lay of the land so we hopped on the shuttle bus and headed to the visitors center.
John's first view of the Grand Canyon
Instead of going in the visitor’s center right away I wanted to give John his first view of the Grand Canyon. I have been here once in 1977 on a girls road trip when I was in college and John has never been here. There are some things that just make a deep impression on you, one that you never forget and for me the Grand Canyon was like that. So off we went on the short walk to the rim. It is a busy place but we got a spot on the railing and all John could say is “Wow”. We walked along Mather Point and he mentioned how difficult it is to believe the scale of it all.
After a short walk we went back to the visitors center. The film they show had already started so we decided instead to hop back on the shuttle and go down to the Bright Angel stop. It is hard to believe the number of people here in March. Everyone told me it is always busy and they are so right. So many different languages being spoken too. I know they bring tour buses in from Las Vegas every day. We got to view the canyon for a little while from here too but then decided to head back home and just chill for the evening. Moving day always wears us out.
I baked a pizza from Trader Joe’s; their Roasted Vegetable Pizza. I added some goat cheese to the top and it was the best pizza we have had in quite awhile. We will be picking up a couple of these on our next Trader Joe’s shopping run. I hear there is one in Prescott now. As we ate we looked at our maps and information and made somewhat of a plan. Tomorrow we will take off on the rim trail for a long hike, probably starting out at South Kaibab Point and then just going as far as our little legs will take us. We want to acclimate to the elevation a little before we try a couple more strenuous hikes. There also is a multiuse trail that we can bike on so we definitely will be checking that out this week. There is plenty to keep us busy, its going to be a great week.
Happy Trails..................


  1. Wow...I can't wait to be there again. I went there in 1977 as well on a college geology field trip. The hike down into the canyon is not to be missed.

  2. Have fun hiking this week. I have only been to the North Rim, I hope to get to the South Rim this fall.

  3. Looks like most of the snow is gone. That's great. When we were at there several years ago in summer it was so hot they closed the trails down into the canyon. I'm thinking I'd rather have it a little cold than too hot. We also stayed in the campground in the park. I'm looking forward to sharing the adventure with you guys. Enjoy!!

  4. We will be in Kanab, Utah the first of April for a few months working and if you guys are working there...maybe we can get together. We plan to check out the North Rim but it sounds as if you guys are on the South Rim...

  5. Just to clarify, we would not recommend towing on 89A between Flagstaff and Prescott. South of there it's fine. Kevin says he'd take I-17 south until you're west of Prescott and then cut across. Not sure what the road would be. Have a good trip!

  6. Janie and John,
    Have a great time at the Grand Canyon - we're sure you won't run out of things to see and do. And there are plenty of places to just sit, relax, and enjoy the view when you want to kick back.

  7. Wow is right! The first look over the rim of the Grand Canyon is one never to be forgotten. It is truly breathtaking. The colors are simply amazing.

  8. Glad you made it to the Grand Canyon safe and sound. We had no idea John had never seen it and that it had been so long for you. Have a fabulous week!

  9. Glad you made it to the Grand Canyon safe and sound. We had no idea John had never seen it and that it had been so long for you. Have a fabulous week!

  10. We were there last year this time.. amazing how many folks were there! We rode the bus the first day to get our bearings and see the overview of the park. We liked the road to the far east portions with quieter pull offs and then the tower at the far east end. Less crowded!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard


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