Grand Canyon Journals

Surreal Experiences in Arizona

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An October 2009 trip to Grand Canyon by vampirefan

Hot Air Expeditions Inc. Photo, Phoenix, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I have saved the best for the last in the 5th part of my journal chronicling my travel agent trip to Arizona. These were the experiences that were the once-in-a-lifetime events that will last with me for the rest of my life,

Spotting Wildlife at the Grand Canyon

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cutie pie alert Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Besides the natural beauty of our national parks system, people come here for the wildlife. And nothing will stop vacationers in their tracks quicker than spotting ANY form of wildlife. There are some 75 specials of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, 25 types of fish, and somewhere around 300 birds within the parks environs. There are bobtails and mountain lions. Of course your have varieties of deer, squirrels, gophers chipmunks, sheep, and rabbits. But believe it or not the most important is the squirrel. Yep, the squirrel. The Albert and the Kaibab squirrels to be exact. The Albert is at the South Rim and the Kaibab at the North Rim. Of course you should use caution when you s...Read More

Sunrise and Sunset at the Grand Canyon

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Again... Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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There are some places on the planet that are known for their sunrises and sunsets. I personally, celebrate sunsets as often as possible and sunrises when on the very rare occasion I am up to see them. So when I seen I would be here for sunset and sunrise I knew I had to celebrate this daily ritual. I had already seen the sunset at the Desert Botanical Gardens so I was very anxious to see it here as well. After Pam and I had our tour with the delightful Tony, we had the rest of the day to enjoy the canyon. We had plenty of time to take in all the grandeur of this place. As the daytime was soon ending and evening would take its shift, this place takes on an ethereal beauty. The scrumpt...Read More

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Bucket List Item"

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Ask many people to name things on their buck list (you know this list people have of things they want to see and do before they invariably "kick the bucket") and you will find visiting the Grand Canyon is on many of those lists. In Feb. of 2009 when this travel agent FAM came up on the FAM calendar, I quickly signed up for the October trip. Because like so many others, visiting the Grand Canyon was on my bucket list. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 4 to 18 miles wide, and over a mile deep. It is divided into the North and South rims in Arizona. Since we only had a day and a half here, as you can guess we didn’t see the whole thing. We toured the South Rim so the information I am provid...Read More

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Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Touring the Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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While my trip to the Grand Canyon allowed plenty of time to roam on my own, we did get a tour from one of the locals. And who knows better than the locals? After our delightful 2 hour train ride to the Grand Canyon, we disembarked and once again we divided up into 2 groups and loaded up on a bus with our tour guide, the wonderful Tony. Now after spending several hours on a motor coach with our tour guide, Salty Dog, it was a relief to have someone who knew what they were talking about and was able to bring the history of this place to life through knowledge instead of reading something out of a book an boring us to death. Like many in this area, Tony is a native and his family has li...Read More
My vision  Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Ok, so I have told you about experiences that have left me speechless and had tears in my eyes. But I had to end with a story that left me in stitches. After shopping for my children at the 3 Dog Bakery, Pam and I headed out to our Pink Jeep Tour. As we were heading towards the offices it dawned on me, I had to get their presents home and remarked to Pam "geeze I hope they don’t have drug sniffing dogs at the airport since they will certainly sniff out this huge bone". On my final night I was busy packing my bags. I put my bag with babies’ goodies right on top. After all I knew they would be happy to see mommy and then would want to know what I got them. When I arrived back int...Read More

Pink Jeep Tours

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Attraction | "Big, Pink Fun"

Pink Jeep Tours Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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OK, so I have told you about getting around by hot air balloon, motor coach, Segaway, train, and limo. And now I get to tell you about wheeling around the stunning red rocks of Sedona in the back of a Pink Jeep. As part of my travel agent FAM, we got to stop in Sedona on our way to Williams for a few hours. We had time to walk around, enjoy lunch, and then take in the Pink Jeep Tour. So after Pam and I did some shopping and had a great lunch, we headed out for our turn on the pink jeeps. Our group was divided up and loaded up with 6 per jeep. Pam, Jodine, myself, and several others hoped in our jeep and the very handsome Tomas would be our guide. Soon we were headed out for a big adv...Read More

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Pink Jeep Tours
204 North State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona 86339
(928) 282-5000

Hot Air Expeditions Inc.

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Attraction | "A Whole New World up Here"

Hot Air Expeditions Inc. Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Several years ago, John and I attended the hot air balloon rally in Statesville. There was a chance at the event to ride in the balloon with the crews…for free. I was so excited but I would have to be gone 3 hours and that would leave John with nothing to do for 3 hours. So I have been waiting to try it for years. When I saw the ad in the visitor’s guide, I decided why not? I would be doing the sunrise tour. I had to be up at 5:00 am and I was so excited that I was already up and putting on my make up when I received my wake up. I found my way to the Deer Valley Airport and found my group. I was surprised to see about 30 people had shown up. I have no idea why I thought I would be the only...Read More

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Hot Air Expeditions Inc.
2243 East Rose Garden Loop
Phoenix, Arizona 85024
+1 480 502 6999; U.S