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I'm back!

We just got back from Arizona this evening. We're tired but happy. Any trip without disasters is a good trip. We had no problems with our flight; we found the hotel (after giving up on the rental car GPS), we met my dad at the airport (I remembered just in time that international flights come in to a different gate & baggage claim); we had a lovely dinner with my old college roommate; and, best of all, right in the middle of the graduation ceremony, my daughter sent me a text that her grades had been posted and she passed everything! How was that for technology! It was an amazing illustration of how technology has changed things. When I scanned the field with binoculars, every fourth kid had a phone to his or her ear. Cell phones are how people find each other in crowds now.

After graduation, we finished cleaning out her apartment. Anything not worth shipping home we donated to a charity thrift shop. We still sent home four small and two large boxes of stuff, plus she had four suitcases and two carry-ons.

But before we came home, we made a trip to the Grand canyon. I have never been, and I didn't plan to get that close and not go, so we drove up from Tempe and stayed two nights in Tusayan, the small village outside of the Grand Canyon National Park. We spent a morning viewing the South Rim, did some souvenir shopping and had lunch, then relaxed at the hotel until it was time for dinner at El Tovar, the national park lodge that's perched on the South Rim. It was lovely!

Here are a few pictures. If you've never been, it's really something that lives up to the hype.



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mtlawson
May. 17th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Good to see that you had a great time!
karen_w_newton
May. 17th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mike! It's good to have her home, too.
peadarog
May. 17th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Nice!
karen_w_newton
May. 17th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
It is a cool view.
a_r_williams
May. 17th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Nice pics! The ones with the people standing at the edge of the cliff does a good job of giving the dimensions of the scene.
karen_w_newton
May. 17th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
yeah, I'm actually a bit edge-averse but luckily they had excellent guard rails everywhere.
bogwitch64
May. 17th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
That's strange...on the main page, I can see all pics but the first. In here on your page, I can see the first but not the second two. (just a red x)

Gorgeous photos, though. My daughter was out in Arizona last week, flew out to meet up with her boyfriend and a few friends so they could drive cross country. Crazy kids. :)
karen_w_newton
May. 17th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
I agree! The drive from Phoenix was very pretty but I am old enough that it felt like work. :)
jongibbs
May. 17th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Spectacular view :)
karen_w_newton
May. 17th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
It really was! I don't know anywhere else on earth that looks quite like it, either.
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