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