#flashbackfriday: Grand Canyon

Steele, Sahara, and I went to the Grand Canyon on our way back to the South in late April, and I'm finally sharing it about! High fives! 

We were leaving Zion and splitting out from the guys that had become our traveling pack over the few weeks prior. I was having a bit of a hard time with the transition, especially because my seasonal job had not come to complete fruition at that time. Luckily, my guy was incredibly thoughtful and booked the S tribe a couple days at a South Rim Cabin. We really enjoyed our stay and was the perfect transition back to the South!

   The drive from Zion to the Grand Canyon on HWY 89A in Arizona past the  Vermilion Cliffs National Monument . I hadn't realized we would be driving by this area (when we left Zion it was early afternoon, and I wanted to get most of the drive in before dark), but wish that I had so we could have explored! 

 

The drive from Zion to the Grand Canyon on HWY 89A in Arizona past the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. I hadn't realized we would be driving by this area (when we left Zion it was early afternoon, and I wanted to get most of the drive in before dark), but wish that I had so we could have explored! 

   Steele with his pinecone he found while I made dinner. This was one of my favorite "hey-lets-drive-down-this-road-and-see-what-we-find" campsite. We stayed in the  Coconino National Forest , which is on my to explore more list. The next morning before we headed to the Canyon (we had a few hours before check-in), we headed into Flagstaff (also one of my favorite towns). Taking a step back from that paragraph, I think we really like that area haha!   I didn't get any photos of Flagstaff because well walking through streets trying to get us each  feed , me  caffeinated , and Sahara walked was about the max of my ability that morning!  Biff's Bagels  where we had breakfast was amazing & only takes cash (there is an ATM there, but just a heads up!).

 

Steele with his pinecone he found while I made dinner. This was one of my favorite "hey-lets-drive-down-this-road-and-see-what-we-find" campsite. We stayed in the Coconino National Forest, which is on my to explore more list. The next morning before we headed to the Canyon (we had a few hours before check-in), we headed into Flagstaff (also one of my favorite towns). Taking a step back from that paragraph, I think we really like that area haha! 

I didn't get any photos of Flagstaff because well walking through streets trying to get us each feed, me caffeinated, and Sahara walked was about the max of my ability that morning! Biff's Bagels where we had breakfast was amazing & only takes cash (there is an ATM there, but just a heads up!).

   Our cabin was the best! One main room with cable tv, wifi, desk, bed, and closest & then the bathoom with tub (great for toddler baths). The door was a Dutch door, so you can have the top open with the screen door shut to have some fresh area. The parking for the cabins is really hard to snag as the cabins are in the main part of the visitor traffic at the canyon's south rim, and anyone can use the parking area. I luckily saw a couple backing out right across from our cabin, swooped Steele up from playing on the floor, and ran to the parked Jeep -annnnd made it to the spot before anyone else could. It definitely made our lives a bit easier for the next couple of days. Sahara stayed the  kennel  & seemed to really enjoy it! Two items to remember to take to the kennel if you ever board there: bedding/blanket and shot records. I know sometimes when I travel with her I forget the latter but had them on hand because I had also boarded her for a few days in  Las Vegas  (which was definitely a doggy deluxe experience). 

 

Our cabin was the best! One main room with cable tv, wifi, desk, bed, and closest & then the bathoom with tub (great for toddler baths). The door was a Dutch door, so you can have the top open with the screen door shut to have some fresh area. The parking for the cabins is really hard to snag as the cabins are in the main part of the visitor traffic at the canyon's south rim, and anyone can use the parking area. I luckily saw a couple backing out right across from our cabin, swooped Steele up from playing on the floor, and ran to the parked Jeep -annnnd made it to the spot before anyone else could. It definitely made our lives a bit easier for the next couple of days. Sahara stayed the kennel & seemed to really enjoy it! Two items to remember to take to the kennel if you ever board there: bedding/blanket and shot records. I know sometimes when I travel with her I forget the latter but had them on hand because I had also boarded her for a few days in Las Vegas (which was definitely a doggy deluxe experience). 

   First time the little dude stopped me and said, "Mama, take my picture right here!" Um, yes!

 

First time the little dude stopped me and said, "Mama, take my picture right here!" Um, yes!

   Outside of the main  Visitor Center  - he loved this mountain lion! 

 

Outside of the main Visitor Center - he loved this mountain lion! 

   We started a hike down the  South Kaibab  trail, which ended in tears (his from not getting to hike any farther because he wasn't quite following our hiking rules) and helpful strangers assisting me getting him in the pack back on my back (say that 3 times fast!). We still got in a few miles roundtrip, and I would love to do an inner canyon backpack with Steele before he gets too much heavier.

 

We started a hike down the South Kaibab trail, which ended in tears (his from not getting to hike any farther because he wasn't quite following our hiking rules) and helpful strangers assisting me getting him in the pack back on my back (say that 3 times fast!). We still got in a few miles roundtrip, and I would love to do an inner canyon backpack with Steele before he gets too much heavier.

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   We decided that a do-over was needed after our hiking experience - so ice cream (which the long line was so worth & Steele was great during) and shuttle rides for the win. The great thing about our cabin being right in the center was that we could swing by and get our rain gear and regroup before our do-over!

 

We decided that a do-over was needed after our hiking experience - so ice cream (which the long line was so worth & Steele was great during) and shuttle rides for the win. The great thing about our cabin being right in the center was that we could swing by and get our rain gear and regroup before our do-over!

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We decided to ride the shuttle to Hermit's Rest and walk along the rim in that area. This photo makes my heart so happy - this past winter a bunch of us worked on teaching Steele about the desert and how fragile it can be (along with Rick our botanist friend teaching him the scientific names to flowers!). So along our stroll, Steele saw a flower and asked to look at it. He put his hands behind his back so he wouldn't pick it (without any prior prompting) and looked at it for quite a while.   

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   After our walk, we stopped at the concession stand at Hermit's Rest and bought Grand Canyon animal animal crackers and hot chocolate because it was getting a little chilly. While we were snacking and waiting on the bus, a sweet lady offered to take our photo! One of the few I have of both of us on our adventures and I love it. (and thanks to Google, just found the  animal cracker company  on the internets!)

 

After our walk, we stopped at the concession stand at Hermit's Rest and bought Grand Canyon animal animal crackers and hot chocolate because it was getting a little chilly. While we were snacking and waiting on the bus, a sweet lady offered to take our photo! One of the few I have of both of us on our adventures and I love it. (and thanks to Google, just found the animal cracker company on the internets!)

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   Sunday we spent timing taking our  Adopt-a-Lion  all around on the shuttle and meeting the horseback rangers (wish I had a photo of Steele petting the horse)! I just have to say the all of the rangers and staff we encountered were lovely and so helpful. Please notice the stickers Steele is wearing the photos - we got a stack of them because he was telling the gift shop staff about the canyon and they were so nice to go get him stickers.

 

Sunday we spent timing taking our Adopt-a-Lion all around on the shuttle and meeting the horseback rangers (wish I had a photo of Steele petting the horse)! I just have to say the all of the rangers and staff we encountered were lovely and so helpful. Please notice the stickers Steele is wearing the photos - we got a stack of them because he was telling the gift shop staff about the canyon and they were so nice to go get him stickers.

   Rain rolling in at the  Yavapai Geology Museum  & that was our cue to head back to the Jeep, go pick up Sahara and head out! 

 

Rain rolling in at the Yavapai Geology Museum & that was our cue to head back to the Jeep, go pick up Sahara and head out! 

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On the way out Steele fell asleep and I drove along Desert View Drive to stop and watch the rain and fog come over the canyon. Perfect ending to our four months on the road!