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S: A Grand Canyon Adventure 2011

FC: A Grand Canyon Adventure 2011

1: "No true fiasco ever began as a quest for mere adequacy." Elizabethtown And so on May 27th 2011 we began our journey to experience one of Mother Nature's most sublime wonders...and everything else along the way.

2: GRAND CANYON...or BUST | TRAVEL TIP: Always make sure there is at least one gigantic loop in your route

3: May 27th Day one of our luxurious trek through the desert. Stops to include: Jacumba Dateland Tucson and everywhere in between!

4: The middle of nowhere

5: Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore...

6: Desert View Tower Official California Landmark 939 Jacumba

8: Full of strange... | And wonderful things!

9: The view from the top of the tower

10: It's rather windy up here

12: Boulder Park at the Desert View Tower

15: "The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark." John Muir

17: And we continue to make our way through the desert...

18: Next stop DATELAND, AZ...

19: Home of the world famous DATE SHAKE | Which it turns out is disgusting...in case you can't tell.

20: The journey continues. Next stop... | We are supposed to be staying in this vintage RV, but find ourselves abandoned on the side of the road by the woman we were renting it from so... | \ It's off to the Hilton we go. Lesson...never trust a desert dweller. Too much sun and heat fries the brain.

21: Writers, poets, artists, and the faithful press written prayers into the cracks of El Tiradito and light candles...legend has it that if your candle burns through the night your wish will come true. We all lit candles and made our wishes. We will see what happens... | El Tiradito The Wishing Shrine

22: We end day one in style by quenching our thirst at an authentic tiki bar built in 1961. KON TIKI

23: A lot of rum and some really long straws... | ...make us happy girls.

24: Up bright and early...ready for day two's adventures

25: Off to Old Tucson Studios Where legends like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood have made movie magic

26: THE SALOON Tucson is HOT so we stop for margaritas to wet our whistles

27: The margarita incident.

29: ALL ABOARD

30: FUN | IN THE Desert SUN

33: In case you didn't know...the desert is HOT

35: Behold the Saguaro Cactus... the largest species of cactus in the US. Behold three idiots standing next to the cactus.

36: Picacho Peak, AZ | Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch

37: Whoop Whoop

38: Monster Truck Ostrich Farm Dead Rattlesnake Dirt Cacti Rednecks Fishing Poles Grapefruit | ONE Helluva GOOD TIME | Yee Haw

39: Who knew ostrich eggs could be this much fun?

41: DEER FEEDIN'

42: GOAT KISSIN'

43: OSTRICH LOVIN'

44: LORIKEET HOLDIN'

46: Off to Phoenix for a little as seen on the Food Network Chino-Mex fusion at CHINO BANDIDO Want to eat refried beans with chop sticks? | Want sweet and sour chicken in a burrito? No problem at the Chino Bandido. YUM

48: Williams, AZ The Grand Canyon Railway

53: "The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel." Theodore Roosevelt

62: Grand Canyon Village | We are definitely roughing it!

63: All Aboard!

64: Heading back to "civilization" in the luxury parlor

65: Rose seranades us with a little "Rocky Top" | And we sing along.

66: It's a hold up

67: Don't worry. You WILL get robbed...eventually.

68: Fortunately we're not too worried about the train robbers

69: Please don't steal my champagne Mr. Train Robber

70: The view from the caboose balcony

72: From one caboose to another...our accommodations for the night on Route 66

73: It just so happens that our caboose is a certified haunted building...ooh

74: Checking out our diggs before heading out to get our kicks on Route 66

76: Friends, Food and Fun

77: ...on the Mother Road

78: Lights Out. Who's afraid of ghosts...ummm

79: Alive and kickin' the morning after our night in the haunted caboose

80: Day Four...On our way to Bedrock...as soon as Annan puts some air in the tire (while Lynlee supervises)

81: YABBA DABBA DOO

86: San Diego or bust...time to head home. All good things must come to an end, but first...

87: One last stop in Phoenix for some chicken and waffles with a little red Kool-Aid on our way back to SanDiego. Whoop whoop

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