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Make a legal u-turn

This morning started out early for me, as I chose the east-facing room in our cabin and sunrise comes early in Arizona in the summer. I figured out the coffee machine, and it was a relief to see that it was working, since the TV had no sound and the DVD player had no remote control last night. I breakfasted and coffeed and you all know that much of the story.

Around 10:30, we headed in two cars to the Grand Canyon. I went in atpolittlebit's car, since four of us ('Bit, midnightsjane, myself and fresne) had planned to go see some Indian petroglyphs on a jeep tour later, and decided to take one car, while the others (AKA the IMAX group) took cactuswatcher's car. Bit entered the Grand Canyon into her GPS, and since the cabin is on Highway 89, one of the roads to the GC, the GPS kept insisting we turn around and go that way (hence post title). We were headed down into Flag to catch I-40 and take the more common route.

Finally, after insisting repeatedly that we make the next left and "make a legal u-turn", for one left turn after another, the GPS shut up and let us proceed to the canyon.

We rolled in around noonish and sat down for a quick picnic lunch after driving around the parking lot repeatedly looking for a spot (glad we didn't go tomorrow!) The IMAX car folks joined us (dlgood, anomster, and CW) for sandwiches, apples, and hard-boiled eggs. Then we caught the bus that drives along the rim. Us four "Jeep gals" got off at the Bright Angel stop and snapped some photos, then headed back to Bit's car to make our rendezvous at the flagpole by the McDonald's south of the canyon to go on a jeep tour to see some Indian petroglyphs.

Our jeep driver/tour guide was English (Cornwall) and quite a character. He enjoyed that we were cogitative and inquisitive and wanted to hear him ramble about geology, anthropology, and botany and were reasonably fit and could hike back to the rock formations where the glyphs were. It was very, very awesome. The jeep ride was itself an adventure since the ground is not level at all and got roller-coaster like in some places.

After the glyph hike, climb, and view, we decided to skip the IMAX ourselves and head back to Flagstaff via the east rim of the canyon. We stopped at several look-out points, starting at Desert View, which has a historical stone tower to climb, then drove out of the park. The highlight of that was seeing a bull elk right on the edge of the road. We drove down through the painted desert as the sun was setting into the west. SO beautiful. Many photo ops properly taken advantage of.

My photos hardly do justice to the awesomeness, but Jane, Fresne, and of course 'Bit will be able to give you a sweeping panorama of our Day of Awesomeness.

Photos:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v123/neshaffer/travels/Flagstaff/

Comments

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ladystarlightsj
Jun. 19th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great day!
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
There was much spontaneity and bouncing.
ladystarlightsj
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
I was thinking of y'all while I was drinking my coffee and trying to have a zen moment this morning...
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
And the weird part...some of us were doing the exact same thing at the exact same time.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
my GPS is on crack (or perhaps is bored) and loves that legal U-turn when if she had just said the right way in the first place...

sounds like fun.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
I have no GPS, other than lean forward and squint through my night-blindness.
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