We took a small detour to drive along Route 66, stopping at this store along the road for Cokes and to check out all the owner’s junk. She could make big bucks in California!We stopped for the first night in Williams, Arizona. The town exists pretty much just for tourists on their way to the Grand Canyon. J and I were the youngest ones around by more than a couple years. But town was cute in its old-fashioned way. We liked this Dairy Queen but it was closed for the off-season.
Check this one off the bucket list! We got back on the road early and finally made it to the Grand Canyon. Let’s just say it’s big, like huge. When it hits you that this whole thing was made by a river over millions of years, it’s pretty crazy. Sadly, though, it’s finished. The Colorado River has eroded through so many layers of rock only to reach the Bedrock- an impenetrable layer.
Of course for sporty J, just looking at the Grand Canyon isn’t enough. So we hiked down one of the trails that takes you into the canyon a bit. It was horrible! For anyone with a fear of heights this hike is not a good idea. But it was an experience, and we survived!
After a few hours exploring the Grand Canyon from a safer vantage point, we hit the road again and headed North.
And we had to pass over the Colorado River again, but I kept my distance. On the other side of this canyon perched a pair of Condors. We found out later that seeing them was pretty lucky as there are only 35 in the state of Arizona.
Once in Utah, we stopped in St. George for the night. A town with giant milkshakes! We rested and made another early morning to reach our next destination of Zion National Park.
It’s no surprise that there were so many people visiting the park. Zion is an oasis in the middle of a red desert.
Our final day included lots of driving! Our big stop was too see the Hoover Dam. It was surprisingly fancy and had marble bathrooms on top of the dam. But here’s the view from the top of the dam looking out to Lake Mead. So after some research, we found out that the white line around the lake is the historic high water mark. Currently, Lake Mead is about 10 feet above the lowest it has ever been.