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Judy G. Russell
June 23rd, 2005, 11:46 PM
Just got back from Arizona where we all attended first the retirement ceremony for my youngest brother, who has spent the last 22+ years in the Marine Corps and second a family reunion at the Grand Canyon. Sigh... what a beautiful few days in every possible way.

I'll be uploading photos over the next several days to my camera site (http://www.pbase.com/jgr/arizona_2005) but can't resist tossing this one here quickly:

http://www.pbase.com/jgr/image/45227840/medium.jpg (http://www.pbase.com/jgr/image/45227840)

Mike
June 24th, 2005, 01:57 AM
As always, beautiful!

Judy G. Russell
June 24th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Everywhere we went, the scenery was spectacular... and the weather was outstanding. Northern AZ and the Canyon, it's really quite cool (less than 80 degrees) and although it was very hot in Sedona my brother led us right to a swimming hole in Oak Creek and none of us (well, at least none of the women) were shy about stripping down to skivvies and plunging in.

Jeff
June 24th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Amazing depth of field there! So tell me where you stayed at the Canyon, and how you made those arrangements.

I want to go back, but after 40 years I don't know how.

- Jeff

Judy G. Russell
June 24th, 2005, 03:47 PM
We stayed at the Thunderbird, one of several lodges on the South Rim. They're all run by Xanterra which has a web site (http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/) where you can check availability and make reservations online. My brother made all the reservations about eight months in advance. It worked out perfectly.

Bill Hirst
June 24th, 2005, 05:35 PM
I'm looking forward to your pictures. It looks like you had slightly better weather (less haze) than when I visited the North rim some 20 years ago. We stayed at the park lodge there, and had the same sort of beautiful views. It's a bit higher, cooler, and has more vegetation than the South rim. It's also a bit further off the beaten track, so fewer tourists. IIRC, it's a couple of hundred miles by road from the South rim to the North.

Judy G. Russell
June 24th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Yes, it's a five-hour drive from the south rim to the north rim and we just didn't have that kind of time, darn it.

Jeff
June 25th, 2005, 01:25 PM
Ah yes, thanks for the web site. I remember it well, including the all day mule trek down the Bright Angel Trail to the bottom. 40 years ago "trail" was used advisedly. They've probably made it more than one mule wide by now.

- Jeff