Location: AZ, Grand Canyon National Park, over the Hoover Dam and into Las Vegas
Weather: sunny and warm (J says, “It’s boiling hot. You could roast an egg…”, by 5:30 p.m. our car thermometer registered at 111 degrees!
Mileage: 3300 miles
Audio Books: One More Valley, One More Hill, The Story of Aunt Clara Brown and Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
***View at the Trail Head.
4 a.m.: J, D and C were stirring and getting ready for another trek on the Bright Angel Trail. The goal of watching the sunset was thwarted by the delay in the bus system, but they made it down and back from the 3 mile rest house all before 10:00 a.m.
***Picture: D, C and J on the way up
K and I rode our bikes on the trail, to get exercise of course, but we didn’t resist doing a bit of souvenir shopping as well. When we joined back up with the guys we were able to pack up and get off the site by 11:00 a.m.
Onward to Nevada! We were quickly back into the desert landscape that we had seen so much of in the past weeks. As we tackled school work we watched the temperature on the car thermometer shift from the 90’s to the 100’s. Stopping at a gas station we asked if our reading was indeed correct. It was. The attendant said this high temperature was not usual this early in the year. He laughingly said he expects 130’s to 140’s this summer.
At 5:30 p.m. after successfully passing the inspection of the camper, we were rolling over the Hoover Dam. All the kids imagined the Hoover Dam much bigger than what they saw. What fascinated us was the new bridge that is being built. They have some of it done dangling over the river. There are cables and braces everywhere.
The kids thought we were joking as we pulled into Circus, Circus RV Park on the Las Vegas Strip. They said, “It’s a parking lot.” Oh but never fear. Dad paid an extra $12/night to have a strip of grass next to our parking space. As I sit here typing by the flash of neon lights, most of the kids are in bed after a refreshing dip in the pool. Our a/c is cooling our space down and we are happy to have a solid place to rest our camper – with full hook ups, no less.