Friday, June 14, 2013

Rt.66 Road Trip, Pt.1, Day 5

Waking up 3 hours before the alarm is awesome. I’m pretty sure my body is still on East Coast time. Neither James or I have slept well since leaving Arkansas, but I’m too excited to care. Today was no different.. I woke up at 3AM. Since we had plans to hit the Grand Canyon this morning, I checked the time of the sunrise- 5:11AM. 
Luckily James was already up so we decided to try and make it there..  but first there needs to be coffee (no matter what time it is) and some breakfast
 We left at 4:15, but had to get gas.. so we were running a little late. I was driving, and only stopped in the middle of the road once for a picture
 It seemed so much farther than 70 miles away.. Unfortunately we missed our time frame- but it was still beautiful as we drove into the park anyway (James took these so don’t worry.. I wasn’t driving 85 mph and taking pictures- not that that hasn’t happened before) 

 I’m curious.. Who knew there was a forest around the Grand Canyon? 
 I was expecting a desert.
Finally after hour we made it into the park. 
 We pulled into the visitors center to park and this girl was just hanging out
 I was 5ft away from that thing.. It was HUGE- like 2 times the size of RI deer. The visitors center was closed, but then we saw a sign pointing towards our first viewpoint
Looking out, I got chills and lost my breath. I have never seen something so beautiful in my entire life. The pictures and my words could never even begin to explain what it really looks like or feels like to be standing at the edge of something so massive and amazing. It literally looks fake- everywhere you look on the horizon, there are subtle differences in colors and shapes- just so much to take it.. My brain and my eyes couldn't take it all in.
Even Tuna was impressed

We drove around to a bunch of lookout points and took a million pictures- I don’t think I could ever get bored looking at it. Unfortunately, because we had Tuna with us, we weren’t able to go to the basin.. Guess that means I just have to come back :) Which I don’t have a problem with!
One last stop before heading back 
The little Colorado River Gorge

By now we were starving so we searched for a place to eat back in Flagstaff.. and ended up at a pretty old/gross looking diner.. Thats how you know your hungry.. when you just don’t fucking care hah.

Yup.. more pancakes- I just can't help myself.. All in all, despite the look of the joint, the food was pretty good.. but way to expensive for breakfast.. $36 after tip!

We got back to the campsite and swung in the hammocks for a bit to let the food settle before attempting a hike up the mountain that the campground sits under.. Apparently Tuna had other plans though.. We were literally dragging him down the path.. and then he got to the point where every little shaded spot, he would plop his ass right down and refuse to move.

 We got tired of this game before he did, so we brought he back to the site, set him up in the crate in the tent (Don’t worry- it was totally shaded and cool I promise) and then went back up the trail.

 The trails around here aren’t marked like they are in RI.. like there is one little wooden sign with an arrow, and then NOTHING. And it’s not like there is only one way you can go.. Its pretty funny actually.

 Eventually I got hot and was ready to be done with it, so I headed back and went to buy stuff for dinner while James did another trail.

After dinner, we brought Tuna over to the little dog park in the campground and he made 3 girlfriends
(From the Top- Maggie, Bella, Zola)
 Tuna has never played with girls before.. and he was pretty much a gentleman.. And I’m absolutely in love with these girls
Slobber and everything.. Such a love bug
Zola is my little soul mate… We have the same color eyes.. (Her owner was very excited about that)
Tuna played with the girls for well over an hour while we talked with their owners (Both of them actually worked for the campground and were super awesome people)
When we got back to our site- completely dusty and dirty- I put Tuna to bed in the tent and spent some time on the hammock. I’m sad to leave

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