Thursday, 3 July 2014

Day 2 - There and Back Again, An Unexceptional Journey ...

An Unexceptional Journey?!  Well, not necessarily unexceptional, more like exceptional with a bit of disappointment thrown in.  More on that later :-)

This will be a picture heavy post, so grab a coffee, tea, your favourite beverage and sit awhile.

The scenery on the way was breathtaking and we managed to get some great photos.  The girls did us proud again :-)

This is a fab picture of the Vermilion Cliffs, taken by Shannon (from the car). And one by me :-)

We stopped off at the Navajo Bridge - wow.  The girls also bought some lovely necklaces and a wolf ornament off of the Native Navajo peoples.  Andy and I bought an Native Christmas decoration, all hand painted.

Shannon's photo over the bridge, look at the wonderful reflection in the river. 

There was a nice walk way and I felt reasonable happy to walk out on this too.  So much so I pretended to push the girls off LOL!

And payback off Shannon :-)

And then I photo bombed the photo of the girls :-)

Me and my wonderful girls.

Shannon caught this great photo of the mountains - can you see the sad face :-)

Then on to the Grand Canyon.  This is the start of the Grand Canyon, the huge gullies were amazing, you could picture the earth just separating.  I took this one from the car as we were zooming along.

And there we were the Grand Canyon.

or maybe not ;-)  That's Emily's hand there.  We sat on these rocks to have some lunch, and couldn't resist taking the photo, hee hee hee :-)

Now for the real thing though!

Taken by Emily now.  This we nick-named the Hobbit hole :-)

Can you see the walking trail on this one, don't think you would catch me doing that.

Just - WOW!

Then we had a dare devil squirrel, who seemed to be enjoying the views too! (he is over to the right, well camouflaged from the hawks.

And look, I do have a husband, just saying :-)  And he is actually smiling LOL!

Emily caught two great photos of a storm rolling in.

That is where the disappointment came in.  The helicopter flight that Andy and Emily were meant to go had to be cancelled because of the storm :-(  We are going to see if we can get them a helicopter flight at the end of the vacation in Las Vegas, to make up for it.

Just a few more photos now that we took at the view points on the way out of the Canyon. Andy took this one standing on a wall!

And there you have it.  Day 2 completed.  We got back to the hotel around 11pm last night, hence I typed this, this morning.  Now time for a shower and off to breakfast.

Next stop Bryce Canyon and then onto our next hotel, Vernal, Utah.

Tally of miles 420 yesterday, total stands at 622 miles at the end of Day 2 :-)

Hope you stayed with me and are all well.

Back soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Oh Karen the pics are beautiful. sorry to hear their helicopter ride was cancelled, better safe than sorry. You have a beautiful family. Looks like you all are having a blast. Keep the pics coming.

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  2. Sounds like a fab day (except for the cancelled flight of course). Looking forward to the next installment!! xx

  3. What breath taking photos! It truly is amazing and I hope to make the trip one day myself. In the meantime, keep sharing these wonderful photos! Hope the helicopter ride works out -enjoy the rest of your amazing journey!

  4. Fabulous photos! Sorry the storm moved in and cancelled the helicopter ride. Maybe you will get to reschedule one in Las Vegas. Keep enjoying the fun trip with your family!

  5. Great photos...I think the Grand Canyon is an amazing place and hope to take our son there someday. Safe travels to you and your family, hope you get the helicopter ride worked out.

  6. We took a little plane over the Grand Canyon a few years back. It looked like a Matchbox plane. Single row of seats on each side, close enough to hold hands across the "aisle." My heart was in my mouth. I'm a white-knuckle flyer as it is so you can imagine my fear. Your photos are lovely, and I hope they get their helicopter ride.

  7. Oh, yes, I do see the sad face in that photo.

  8. What absolutely fabulous pictures!! I love your first picture of the Grand Canyon...or maybe not ;) So fun with her hand there!! All of the photos are amazing - I feel like I'm there with you!! So sorry the helicopter ride had to be cancelled :( Enjoy Brice Canyon and Day 3!! Safe travels :)

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  9. Sounds like you are having a blast ( without the helicopter incident)!!
    You have a beautiful family!!
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  10. The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places on earth! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. I wish I was there, too!

  11. So beautiful! We went to the Grand Canyon about 5 years ago, this brings it all back. Sorry about your helicopter ride.

  12. Hallo Karon, thank you for sharing all your lovely photo's it is so nice to see them. I am just waiting everyday to see what nice photo's you took. Your photo with the girls is a beautiful one. Enjoy your holiday. Anet x

  13. LOVE these gorgeous photos, colours are just beautiful.and the view are breathtaking.....xx
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  14. AMAZING pictures Karon!! WOW those views are incredible!!!!
    Thanks for sharing and have a very Happy 4th of July!!!

  15. It's great to see you all! So sorry the flight was cancelled, but flying over Vegas won't be a bad substitute.

    Em x
    Creative Em

  16. Wow. Those mountains are magnificent. Too bad Andy &
    Emily missed out on their helicopter ride. It sure does look like someone drew a sad face on that cliff side.

  17. Hi Karon,
    What wonderful sites... The pictures are great! Nice to see you and your lovely family too. Bummer about the helicopter ride :( Sure hope they get to do it in Vegas. Glad to see your trip is going well and thanks for sharing the beautiful places you get to see.


  18. LOVE your Grand Canyon pics. It is fun to come along with you guys, if only in spirit. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  19. Breathtaking! Sure brings back memories from 20 years ago!

  20. My husband, Dan, walked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on that very walking trail when he was 19. He's fond of telling the story- going down felt like a piece of cake. Coming back up was excruciating. I think sometimes that I'd like to do it (it's only 1 mile down and 1 mile back). He's quick to tell me not to! :)

    Such great pictures and I love getting to see you, Andy and the girls.


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