Saturday, May 31, 2008

Page, AZ

Yesterday was our weekly trip to civilization (aka shopping). This week was to Page with stops at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Both were very beautiful. Photos can be seen at either SmugMug or Picasa Web.

We had made Antelope Canyon tour reservations with a company called Antelope Canyon Tours, but upon arrival in Page, we soon discovered our mistake. This company's philosophy is to cram as many tourists through the canyon as possible. Although the canyon was quite beautiful, it was very busy. Lot's of tours and tripods! We later learned that a couple of smaller tour operators provided a much more intimate inspection of the canyons (Overland Canyon Tours appeared to be one of the small operators - Also, there is an opportunity to be on your own in the Lower Antelope. We'll try the Lower Canyon next time - take a look at this photo (

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Warmer Weather?

It has been very chilly here the last few days, but it seem like it might get close to 70 today. We bought a few essentials (foam mattress cover, some stick on lights for reading, and wine) during our last trip to St. George. We may try Page for our next day off and combine that trip with a small hike to a Colorado River overlook.

Our electric space heater failed yesterday morning, so I'm getting a replacement shipped in from Amazon. We'll see what that service is like.

Even though the weather has been cold, the crowds are large. CJ and Woody are here, and providing entertainment in the evenings for the dinner crowd.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Wow! Cold here today! It snowed most of the afternoon (it didn't stick), and was below freezing when we got off work. The water hose to the RV was frozen - glad we had a little water in the tank. It's supposed to be below 25 tonight. Brrrrrr! Chance of rain and snow for the next three days. I'll bet Phoenix is great right now!

Many, many guests have been caught without the proper clothing. Too bad the Gift Shop didn't have more sweatshirts and pants. The canyon was cloud-enshrouded most of the day, but the photo opportunities when the sun shone through were quite spectacular. Wish I had the time off with a camera.

Tomorrow we travel to St. George for a shopping trip. And, some meals out!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Next Day's Off

Hey, it may snow on our next day's off - Friday and Saturday. What timing!

Yesterday was a very busy day in the store - kind of like opening day.

Friday, May 16, 2008

First Day Off

Yesterday was opening day at the Store - very busy. Much busier than I expected - folk must have been lined up at the gate. Everyone very impressed with the store and it went rather smoothly for an opening day.

Today was the first of two days off and we went to Kanab and a couple of overlooks near here. Picasa web has some of these new photos from Point Imperial and Cape Royal. Also found a clinic in Kanab that will perform my monthly coumadin check. We bought groceries and ate dinner at Nedra's (a pretty good little Mexican restaurant).

Tomorrow, Donna irons (we tried the campground laundry this evening) and cuts my hair.

This sure is a nice area - too bad Buddy and Suzi aren't here.

Friday, May 9, 2008

St. George

Whew! That's a long day's drive to St. George. We did laundry, and purchased groceries and other items. Donna found some new hiking shoes - the last shoes she bought caused her problems shortly after she tried walking up and down hills. Maybe these shoes will work better - they're Vasques.

Kind of slow driving after we turned south into the park from Jacob Lake - deer everywhere. It's amazing those little suckers are almost invisible until your right on them.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


We've been at the North Rim for about a week. The Gift Store is coming together, and it's going to be one of the best looking we've worked. Forever Resorts believes in quality, and it shows!

We have tomorrow off and will be spending the day going to and from St. George. Seems we forgot a few necessary items for the summer.

I'll post a few Grand Canyon photos on SmugMug.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Headed to the North Rim

We left Gold Canyon at 9am this morning. After 200 miles into a strong headwind, we've stopped at J&H Campground in Flagstaff. Temperatures are expected to get down to 25 tonight - a good test our first few weeks at the North Rim.