You Can’t Get There From Here

“Were you bored out of your mind?”

“No. I enjoyed it. The fellow across the aisle was bored. He woke himself up twice snoring.”

We were killing time and had just been to the cinema to see a film chosen for my sensibilities, not the blood and guts, mumbling gangster type of movie Jimmy prefers.

It seemed that the only purpose of our “world” tour was to see the Grand Canyon and we just couldn’t get there.

We had a deadline for the end of March for flights booked from Seattle and as it would be a 2,200 mile detour added on to the next leg of the tour, it seemed sensible to bide our time for a day or two.

Each of the last three campsites on this leg – Hope, Cottonwood and Prescott, all in Arizona – was a staging post to get us to Williams, Arizona, the nearest practical campsite for us to drive to the Grand Canyon. Now here’s the rub. Williams was snowed in.

Click pic to enlarge.

Waiting for it to become passable and campable (yes, spellcheck, I know that’s not a word. I’m American. I make up words) we’d been for coffee, for lunch, toured the local area including Tuzigoot and Jerome, done laundry, washed the car, made soup, baked a cake, surfed the web, dawdled at the local discount store, hired DVDs, cleaned the trailer inside and out, caught up with correspondence and still couldn’t get near Williams.

After a daytrip to Flagstaff three feet of snow blanketed the entire area and the weather was coming towards us so we retreated further south from Cottonwood to Prescott only to find that it was colder there. I was hoping we’d flee further to Hope, or better still evacuate to Yuma with all the wrinklies baking in the hot Arizona sun for the winter.

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A little bare patch for us. Looks innocuous doesn’t it?

A good internet signal allowed us to watch the weather and when a day came with no snowflakes falling from the cartoon cloud picture for Williams we made a run for it. It was very beautiful when we arrived. And very white. We hadn’t taken into account that although it wasn’t snowing that day it had already snowed – a lot. What is obvious to normal people isn’t always apparent to us.

We successfully pitched our camp in the sunshine and twinkling snow – someone had occupied and vacated a campsite and left a handy bare spot for us – and the following day we had our first experience of the Grand Canyon from the south rim. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know that it has to be seen to be believed. If you haven’t, words (and pictures) can never do it justice. The vast splendor of the canyon can barely be taken in whilst there.

The weatherman had a little game with us and promised snow for two days and so we hurtled along the rim of the canyon where the National Park Service has made the rugged landscape accessible to tourists, stopping at every viewpoint and snapping hundreds of pictures to get that last perfect shot just before the weather closed in.

Defying the meteorological experts, the vistas became brighter and clearer. Though treacherous underfoot with hard packed snow and ice, even the coach parties dressed in their capris and canvas shoes were able to make the most of the winter viewing. That was in the daytime. The daytime weather was good.

I’m too cold to continue. I’ll see you same time, same place on Friday.

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  5. Having lived in AZ for many years and visited the Grand Canyon quite often, it definitely has many moods. I have hiked through several weather climates in one setting…fascinating topography.

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    1. Thanks. We were lucky to get a slight break in the weather and had great views. If it’s cloudy the Grand Canyon is kind of a nothing place with tricky paths and deceptive railings. You would have no idea what’s waaaay down there.

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  6. We stopped at the Canyon last Nov. and new it was going to be cold. Night time dipped below 20 and hubby and I laughed at the RVer’s that hooked up to the water spicketts. Duh! And then there were the tourists in shorts and flip flops. Secretly, hubby and I were pointing and laughing.
    Sure is pretty with a dusting of snow. Yikes, if you slipped on ice…..long way down!.

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    1. There wasn’t much in the way of railings to stop you whizzing over the edge if you slipped on the ice. Made us a little nervous. So much so we’re going back for more soon! West rim. Skywalk. Double yikes! Hope I’m still here to tell more tales in 2 weeks time.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the ride! We are going again shortly to the west rim – Skywalk – transparent cantilever bridge 4770 ft above the Colorado River. Cantilever. Doesn’t that kind of mean nothing holding it up? We must be mad! Thanks for the photo compliment. Hope you get to go.

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    2. Hi there. Again. Thanks for prompting me to add a sidebar message to the blog explaining why it can snow in August in my world!! See near the top “What’s All This Then?” I feel better now. That’s been bugging me.

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