Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boulder to the Grand Canyon

Yesterday took us from Boulder City, Nevada to the Grand Canyon, a drive of about 250 miles through an array of landscapes from the barren to scrub and pine forests to the elevations of the Grand Canyon.

We arrived at the Grand Canyon in early afternoon after detouring to pass through Williams which was once a stop on the famed Route 66 and which now bills itself as the last Arizona town bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984. The town seemed  amusing and I stopped to snap a couple of images.

Ironically we would return to Williams for dinner since they have a well regarded restaurant, the Red Raven, which almost justified the 100 mile round trip drive. Sharon must have been very hungry as she did not object to the pace of travel which got us there in about 35 minutes.

And there has to be a Corvette on Route 66, right? Though this is not the same 1961 convertible that Milner drove on the TV series. I'm no 'Vette expert, despite having owned a '59, but this looks to be '66 or '67

I’m working with an amazingly slow internet connection in Tusayan where we are staying outside the park, so I may not be able to post much Grand Canyon stuff for the next few days, but here are a few teasers.

 We lucked into a ranger talk at this overlook and she helped put the place into some human perspective. To cut to the chase it is about 270 miles long, an average of 10 miles wide and is about a mile deep, making it the largest canyon in the world.

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