In the spring of 2006, my family, some close friends and I, went on a trip to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. We ran into our share of road blocks, but we took our lemons and squeezed all the juice out of them that we could. From a long list of trips, that was the most memorable I have ever had.
We started off our adventure leaving our house, in San Diego, at about four in the morning. In our car alone, there was eight of us, two of which were babies. Yes, we had our hands full, but we were ready to brave it out. My sisters fell asleep right away, but I like to see what is going on, so I stayed up.
On our way to Arizona we had to stop at a gas station and refill, because it was the only one for about a hundred miles. Signs announcing the Historic Route 66 were ubiquitous. As we saw dawn approaching over the hills in the east, we passed over the Colorado River and entered the state of Arizona. Our first stop was not the Grand Canyon, it was breakfast.
After breakfast we changed diapers, gathered our cameras and took a tour down into the Grand Canyon Caverns. Down there we learned so many things. I did not know that a cave could have so much history to it. I thought the guide was going to walk us around saying,’ This ladies and gentlemen, is a cave. That, is a stalagmite and that is a stalagtite.’ But no, we learned that people thought there were precious minerals in there, that the air is so steril no germs exist, that it was loaded in one cave as a bomb shelter during the Cuban missile crisis and that it is called the Grand Canyon Caverns because the air in the caverns come out into the canyon three weeks time. Amazing stuff.
Williams, Arizona was our second stop. That was where our hotel was and that was where we would take a train all the way to the Grand Canyon the next day. When we got to the hotel, we had to wait because we were early and our room was not ready yet. We sat in the car and eventually fell asleep. It was not so easy though, we had two babies to entertain, but after finishing off their bottles and a little sun, they were asleep in no time.
On the train to the Grand Canyon, one of our babies, Gabriella, started crying and we had the hardest time pacifying her. But we did meet a man who worked on the train and he told us about a few places we could visit on our vacation, Jerome and Sedona. It was also from him I learned that Arizona does not fall back and spring forward.
So instead of having to adjust our clocks by adding an hour, we could leave them as they were, it was great. The Grand Canyon was beautiful, amazing, incredible! It was so big and we took a lot of pictures. On the train ride home, a bunch of bandits stopped the train and threatened to rob us of our money. It was exciting.
After a visit to the Petrified Forest, we took our train assistant’s advice and took a side rode home visiting the gorgeous town of Sedona. It took us a while to get there because it was a two lane road and there was some construction going on. The wait was all worth it, Sedona was so beuatiful. We did some shopping there, and in one shop we found a picture with Johnny Depp and the lady working behind the counter. Right away my sisters and I turned to her and inquired about it. Apparently he had been down there filming the movie, Dead Man, and he would come into her shop all the time.
We were so excited at the thought that we might run into Johnny Depp that wherever we went we looked for him. After Sedona, we drove down the road and up the hill to the old minning town of Jerome. It was eerie because it was old and not so popular as it had once been. Our stay there was cut short because we had a cranky baby in the car.
From there we started our way home and took the eight west all the way to San Diego. The moon was out and lit up the desert. We could see the cacti in the desert, hundreds, thousands of them, it was really neat. It was a great vacation because we did what we went out there to do, and more. We took some advice, walked around, got to know people, did something because we wanted to, and made the best out of it.
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