karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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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Tags: family, nature

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