I inadvertently add 30 miles to our trip on Tuesday by not taking Hwy 162/68 to Kingman, instead going through Bullhead City and Needles to connect with I-40. It's a nice drive, just longer than it needed to be.
We get a long pull-through site back at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park where they let me use Passport America even though we've already used our "seven nights in a 30-day period". For the first time we leave the Jeep connected overnight.
Monday night in Laughlin, NV, the low was 58 degrees. Back in Williams, AZ, the high is 56 degrees. 5000 feet elevation gain makes a big difference!
It's a little less than a mile to Anna's Cafe - I'm craving their green chili burrito :-). The wind is "brisk", but it's a nice walk.
It is 29 degrees early Wednesday morning - we aren't doing a great job of "following the seasons" this Spring!
Our two-night stop at the Cameron Trading Post is so we can visit Desert View at the Grand Canyon and see some of the Navajo Nation. Intermittent rain is expected for the rest of the week.
|Parked in the red dirt, Cameron, AZ|
|The colors of Northern Arizona|
|are varied and beautiful|
The first Scenic View is staffed and maintained by the tribe, with rest rooms, covered picnic tables, and rows of Navajo vendors selling jewelry, blankets and other items. Donations are accepted at the entrance kiosk.
And the OMG Little Colorado River Gorge!
|We are completely surprised by the size of this canyon|
|Like its grander cousin, there are multiple ravines|
|The Painted Desert is visible in the distance|
|It is the very, very little dry Colorado River here|
|At the time we don't realize how much we should appreciate the sunshine|
|The tall, sheer walls are breathtaking|
We move quickly to the small trading post/snack bar at Desert View - we aren't dressed for this cold. Neither are the bus loads of tourists so we are all inside. There are pretty things to see.....
|Watchtower at Desert View - pretty huh?|
|Temps drop and the snow starts to stick|
Back in the Jeep we are laughing (with the heater on blast) at this latest adventure. We'll come back and see this "end" of the canyon another time.
Once we leave the storm behind us, we make another stop to view the gorge. Our Grand Canyon visit may have been a bust, but we are still so glad we stopped here for a couple days in this beautiful area.
We make a last stop at the trading post and then relax at home for the evening.
|The trading post is celebrating its 100 year anniversary|
|Little Colorado River (dry here too) behind the trading post property|
|Construction is nearly complete on the new four lane bridge, replacing the swayback bridge built in 1911 to create the first easy access over the gorge.|
|Only a few clouds remain|
|as the setting sun lights the mesas to the northeast|