Monday, August 1, 2016

A Grand Adventure! Yabba Dabba Doo!- Day 8

When we arrived in the Grand Canyon Village on the evening of Day 7, we were greeted by a deer grazing in the motel parking lot. If the place is good enough for him, we guessed it would be good enough for us. For some reason we ended up getting the largest room I've ever had in a motel, this was more like a Las Vegas resort room. We ended up sleeping in a bit the next morning, but that isn't too much of an issue since we had a short jaunt to Vegas planned for later in the day.

We chose to drive into the Grand Canyon park instead of taking the shuttle. We ended up in what turned out to be the slowest lane. This ended up being the theme of the day. After we passed through the gates, we had a bit of trouble finding parking in the first two lots, but lucky in the third with an easy to remember spot right next to the visitors center.

We started by watching the video in the visitor's center. This was a great introduction for Oliver. her really enjoyed the video. Oliver was a bit nervous about being close to the canyon edge as we explored the rim. At Mather point, he hung out in the center of the outcrop for most of the time.

We ended up having lunch at the Bright Angel Lodge. Our wait for a table was short, but it took quite a while to have someone take our order and ultimately deliver the order. The food was pretty good however and it would keep us satisfied until our dinner stop on the way to Las Vegas.

On our way out of the Grand Canyon, we ended up getting stuck in a traffic jam caused by a couple who decided to stop in the middle of the two lane road, get out of their car, walk 400 feet to see a herd of deer, take some photos, an then casually walk back to their car. There were plenty of angry campers in that line of cars.

There was one important stop left on this portion of our journey, that was Bedrock. Yes folks, we had to stop in and visit Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Dino, Bam Bam, and Pebbles. This property is for sale should you be interested. In it's day, I'm sure this was a stop for many fans. But with the show losing ground to all the comic properties that have come since, it's mostly just a fun stop for us oldies the reminisce. Oliver's favorite part was some of the vehicles on the grounds and he made sure we got some pictures of him sitting in them.

The ending with our making our way to Vegas for a two night stop at the world famous Hines Ranch.

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