A Canyon Caravan: Part 7

Some of our family had to do some work stuff, so they decided to go through Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon from Canyon De Chelly. We decided to take the scenic route, and while enjoying the scenery we noticed that our air conditioning wasn’t working at all in our van. There was not anything to do about it except crack the windows and pilfer ice from the ice chest. We were in the middle of the desert. It was definitely scenic, and I watched each child’s cheeks get red. Once we got used to the hot car, we came to a town, and my husband bought some free-on for a temporary fix. While he was at a shop, I took all four girls into the grocery store to restock on staples. Most of our trip we were not eating out, so I needed to keep bread, lunch meat, and fruit on hand for lunches. We had planned our meals out as a group so the camp cooking was divided up fairly. This is a great way to save money and stay committed to not eating out. Plus, with our large group, kids and parents are happier eating outdoors where loudness and wiggles are permissible and no big deal. Finally, we were ready to head out. I think the name of the city we stopped in was called Tuba City. It seemed like a quiet town.

We headed back into the desert, and we were cool again. Everyone settled in and napped a little. Not too long after, we were pulling into the Grand Canyon National Park.

I’ve heard friends who live near it call it “the big hole in the ground.”  I cannot agree with them. It took my breath away, and my mind worked to make sure it was reality that I was gazing at.

The Grand Canyon is nothing but grand, and after I took this photo, I couldn’t decide what was more beautiful…the kids or the canyon.

We made it to our campsite which was at a group site at Mather Campground on the South Rim. I was impressed at the roominess of it, and yet it was still scenic. It was a grand day, and we ended it with another campfire.

If you’ve never taken your kids camping, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

We learn lots of truth when we take our family camping like:

edges are for exploring

bugs are cool to observe

squirrels can be scary

dirt never hurt

chocolatey, marshmallowy kisses are the best

shoes can be optional

flip-flops get lost easily

bear spray makes some people feel better

camp food can be yummy

going up is the only way out…sometimes

Just do it. You won’t regret. You’ll be grateful!

To be continued…


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