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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Grand Canyon

For Spring vacation, we usually visit my mother in Phoenix, AZ. This year we decided to combine that with a trip to the Grand Canyon. My wife and son and I had never been. Now I'm not typically overwhelmed by natural phenomena, but this was truly amazing. I had been warned by friends that there "just aren't the words" to describe the Grand Canyon and they were right. It was truly awe-inspiring.

To make it even more special, we took the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon National Park. This is just a fantastic way to get to the Grand Canyon without driving. This also helps reduce the traffic congestion that occurs for most of the spring and summer at the Grand Canyon as well. My mother joined us and we got a package deal that included 2 nights stay at the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel, first-class train tickets, a bus tour at the Grand Canyon, and some meals. The food was nothing to write home about but I survived.

The hotel is definitely geared towards families as is the train. My 8 1/2 year old had a great time. Before you leave, they stage a Western-style shootout and on the train, you're serenaded by various musicians. On the way to the GC, we had a Native American man singing traditional (and some not-so-traditional), Native American songs. On the way back, a fiddler stopped by to play everything from Irish jigs to Black Sabbath. Also on the return trip, they stage a train hold-up which was a lot of fun.

I highly recommend taking the Grand Canyon Railway as part of a trip to the Grand Canyon. You can see some pictures from our trip here.

Cool pictures!
Love the shot of the Grand Canyon passenger car with....are all cowboys "weight" challenged?
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