Friday, January 26, 2018

Desert View - Day 77 - The day of Meredith

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6:23 am - Friday - January 26th - Grand Canyon - 24 degrees F, 58% humidity, wind - CALM.....forecast is for clear skies with a high of 42 degrees F.

We were out of the 'house' by 10:15 am and on our way to meet our daughter Meredith at the South Rim Village Visitors Center at 11 am.  She staying at a hotel in Tusayan just outside the west entrance to the park.  We made the 25 mile drive over in about 35 minutes, and Meredith was there by 11:05.  We headed out to walk over to Mather Point, and then walk the .6 miles over to the Yavapai Geology Museum.....







......from there we took the shuttle bus back to the Visitors Center to pick up our cars and head over to the Marketplace to get lunch before heading back to the Tusayan Museum and Ruins site out near Desert View......



.....from there we drove back to the west end of the park to Hermit's Rest where TLE and I have been previously.......


......we ordered three Mochas and three chocolate chip cookes then sat down by the fireplace to enjoy the ambiance..........



....around 4:15 we headed back to the Marketplace to ordere a 16" Supreme Pizza for dinner, then then headed over the the IMAX Theater in Tusayan to view the 34 minute Hidden Secrets of the Grand Canyon......



.....we made it in time for the 5:30 pm showing (it runs every 60 minutes beginning at 9:30 am each day with the last showing at 6:30 pm.  We had decided to spend the night with Meredith at her hotel (she had a suite with a separate bedroom, and two bathrooms, plus a hideabed).  We arrived there a little after 6 pm and began consuming the pizza we had just bought.....there was a little Bulleit Bourbon on the side.

It was a perfect day, which just kind of evolved.  At some point in the afternoon we decided we would purchase tickets to ride the Grand Canyon Railway on Friday.  We will drive down to Wiliams, AZ where the train originates, and take the trip up the the Grand Canyon where we will spend 4 hours, then take the return trip to Williams at 3:30 pm arriving back in Williams around 5:45 pm.......so looking forward to that!

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