After we left San Diego we headed North East towards the Grand Canyon for a two night stay. But first, one of my Bucket List stops for this road trip was the Hoover Dam! It is so much bigger then I had expected, and I was so surprised by how low the water levels were. The drought is a serious issue! In the photos the White line on the rock walls should be under the water!
We didn’t do any tours, I hopped out to snap a few photos but it was way to hot (103!) to be doing that too long! Just driving by was good enough for me!
We continued onto the Grand Canyon and we were blown away by how much wild life was right on the side of the road! We saw dear, elk and bunnies!
We got checked in and walked down to the lookout at sunset. It was absolutely one of the most amazing places I have seen! My husband and I were blown away by the beauty of the area and can’t wait to go back and explore more! The boys were so cute, Kai was scared he was going to fall off the edge and Keanu wanted to jump! Yikes! We held his hand pretty tight! We had a nice dinner at one of the restaurants at the Bright Angel Lodge and headed back to our cabin in the dark! Thank goodness for iphone flash lights!
The next morning we went down to pick up the kids Discovery Packs from the Park Ranger. They were each given a booklet to complete, a bag full of guides and tools to help them explore. I can’t not tell you how great that was to have! It gave us as parents things to ask the kids about and got them extra excited to go explore and look for things! To top it off they became Jr Ranger’s for completing the booklets and received a Jr Ranger Badge. They had a small crowd gather to watch them receive their badges, They were both so proud!
We did about 1.5 miles of the Bright Angel trail, we wanted to do part of it so both boys walked the entire way, which they did so me and Mark were both happy! My 2xU compression have been a life saver this summer for me! I’m about 6 months post op and still need to wear compression during the day, those hot medical grade ones are no fun! I am so thankful these do the job and keep me cool, otherwise this trip would not of been possible otherwise! Plus, they are super cute! I pared them with the Sketchers Go Walk shoes in pink to add a pop of color! After we got there I was worried about them having enough support for walking on the trail but they were so comfy and they wick moisture away so they were not hot either! Kai had only asked for one thing- a back pack to go hiking with! Luckily we found a nice light day pack perfect for his size! Its a Jansport Snider 15.
Later after lunch we hopped on the shuttle bus and took it to the end and back, we just stayed on since the round trip is a total of 90 mins without getting off and Keanu passed out on my lap! We tired him out that morning! He had a nice little nap and was up and awake for dinner which was so good! Especially the desert! The kids had Smore’s Cake and I had a flour less cake. Our waiter told us the staff live right there in the Grand Canyon and the kids have their own school too! How cool is that!
Kai finally lost one of his wiggley front teeth! He was so excited and hopeful the Grand Canyon Tooth Fairy would come! She sure didn’t disappoint him with a $5 bill!… I told him inflation was higher in the Grand Canyon so he got lucky! But I sent her a nice email letting her know she should carry ones and not $5 bills! 😉 wink!
When I jumped in bed that night I looked at my Fitbit , it clocked us at: 21,529 steps, 8.67 miles, 59 flights of stairs. I think that is pretty impressive since the boys ( 6.5 & almost 4) both walked all day!! They did sleep good!