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My Crazy Family & The Canyon Wildlife

A while back I read a great article in Frommer’s I believe about a Park Ranger based in the Grand Canyon talk about how rationale people become well idiots when it comes to visiting the Grand Canyon.

Going on all day hikes with one bottle of water…

Staying out overnight without supplies & having to be rescued…

Stopping in the middle of the road to take a picture of a deer…

When I read that, I remember thinking… what kinda of lunatic does that???

Then I went to the Grand Canyon, and realized I am related to the lunatics, the Park Ranger was referring to (and yes I took a few pictures myself so I suppose I am a lunatic too)

Yep.  Guilty.

I am guilty of stopping in the middle of the road to take a picture of a very common animal in East Texas, one that I have seen probably 1000s of times.

Why you ask?  Because this deer was at the Grand Canyon.

Let me just say, not stopping for the deer was not an option.  I am pretty much 100% positive I heard choice words from my brother about not stopping to get a picture at one point.

Not to mention they would just walk out in front of you, like they owned the place.

Anyway,  if you are ever at the Grand Canyon, expect the crazy to come out when wildlife comes out… because I guess most people have never seen a deer at the Grand Canyon. . .   or a chipmunk or a bird…

You get the idea.



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Sunset at the Grand Canyon

Another picture post of the Grand Canyon,

I was fortunate enough to witness sunset at the Grand Canyon.  We were told the desert view is the best place to view the sunset, so that is where we drove to.

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Three words.

It was Beautiful

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It was also very cold, I could not get warm at all, but seeing the sunset was worth freezing my tush off.


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All pictures will be on my facebook page.

Grand Canyon in Pictures

The grand canyon is well…. Grand.  Many people have written about the Grand Canyon, and all of it’s glory, and I really don’t know how they are able to do that, because there are no words I can write to express my admiration.

I remember the first time I saw the Canyon, and it literally took my breath away.  I was 19, and the same feeling occurred this past trip, 11 years later…

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While this was my second visit to the beautiful park, I could go on and on about the majestic canyon, but I am choosing to make this post about the pictures not words, because simply put my words do not do the Canyon justice… I am not poetic like that 😉

I took 100s of photos, you can see all of them at my facebook page



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Chasing a Mountain

Oh we must go to Snow Bowl Mountain!

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I can’t tell you how much I heard this on my road trip with the family, so much that I was ready to go to get it over with.  I am not really a big fan of snow, but the ski lifts were apparently fun, and I figured why not.

Except it was closed.

In October, apparently a lot of ski  resorts like to prepare for ski season so they often close their lifts, and they had just closed the day before. As I am someone who prefers the tropics, sunshine & coconut oil I did not know this.

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So I just assumed this was a next time, type of situation, but I forgot my mother was along for the drive and at every chance, would take a picture of the mountain.

And I do mean EVERY chance…

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Oh pull over!  Pull over… slow down slow down, or pull over again!

At the time it was annoying, I mean we had a Grand Canyon to get to, but looking at the pictures now, well the pics make me smile, it reminds me of my mother who I don’t see as often as I like, and because, looking back it is often those annoying moments that happen to be the moments you remember forever.

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Here is the infamous Snow Bowl Mountain, and believe me if I ever make it back to Arizona, I will have to check it out, because from a distance the mountain is beautiful, so I can only imagine what experiencing it up close is like.

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