Day 555 of Life on the Road as a Family, the Grand Canyon

It’s the day we make it to the Grand Canyon!  It was 86 degrees at 8:15 a.m. in Page, so we were ready to get to over 8,000 feet elevation and cool off a little…


I had forgotten how beautiful the drive is to the north rim.  Views as far as you can see, which now include recent wildfires that they allow to burn to restore the forest.  We could tell as we drove through how old the burns were, from very new to at least 15 years old, from the new growth.  It was a lovely day for a drive to our version of paradise.


And by paradise I mean the north rim of the Grand Canyon, not the south.  It’s not that we’re anti-social, we just don’t like crowds when he hike, and the pure beauty of the Grand Canyon is still on the north rim.  After driving the windy road for what seemed like hours, we checked in to the campground and went to find our campsite. Score! Dan and I choose a good one online, yeah.  We had a pull-through on the edge of the campground, facing a hill of trees – perfect.  We also didn’t have electricty, sewer or water, which was going to be a challenge for 7 days.  The rig needs electricity to keep the batteries charged, and as much as we love dry camping, we had to turn the generator on each day to keep the batteries charged.

IMG_0749We got set up quickly and went out to the 1.5 mile Transept trail to hike to the lodge.  I was so excited to see the kids’ expressions when they saw how big the Grand Canyon really is, and we had been waiting our whole trip to get here.  They were so surprised!  Even when you read about it and see videos, it’s still HUGE when you stand on the edge.  We took a few pictures, then hiked up the steps to the lodge’s famous back porch. Best view in the world!  They used to have rockers, but now they have a row of Adirondack chairs that you can use to just sit and stare.  We didn’t stay long, however, beacause it was too hot.

Inside the main area that has couches and chairs and a view that doesn’t stop,  we sat down to cool off and Dan was able to check his email.  We found out that we had a rental house for when we get home, yahoo!  We’d been working since January to find a home for our return August 1st.  Of all the ironic things, now that the mortgage industry has a few more rules, we aren’t able to buy again immediately because we don’t have jobs.  Details, details.  We found a rental in our preferred school area, and once again, we feel blessed.  I really do believe that if you work hard and trust God, good things happen in your life.  (And when the crappy things happen to us, I still trust Him!)

We hiked back to the campsite on another trail and then just lazed around our site.  Nate built a fire and we cooked brats and corn, toasted our buns and cooked the beans in the can.  So fun to be totally outside and we cannot believe we are really here.  We made it to the Grand Canyon!!!

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is and my current blog is Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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