We packed up and hit the road for the start of Jennifer’s second week in Phoenix. Week 1 was to share my world. Week 2 is to explore the state of Arizona. Jenn has been here many times, usually just staying with me at my house. Another goal for the trip was for her to see some more of the state.

Monday, morning arrives. We get up and hit the road, heading north to Flagstaff, AZ and the Grand Canyon.  Phoenix is in the valley, and our drive takes us from a 1000 ft elevation to 7000 ft in Flagstaff.  This elevation changes the scenery from dry  sandy ground and low trees and shrubery to green mountains, large trees and and average 20 degree drop in temperature.  From Flagstaff, it’s another hour drive to the Grand Canyon National Park.


We enter the Park which has a $25 per car fee – though it is good for 7 days, find a place to park and get ready to hike.

Our first glimpse of the Canyon is spectacular.  For anyone who says it’s just a hole in the ground, obviously has never seen it.  It is massive. 277 miles long from east to west, 18 miles wide, from the North Rim to the South Rim, and over a mile deep.

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We hiked the rim trail from Mather Point to Bright Angel Lodge, where we had lunch and rested.  Then took the shuttle bus back to our starting point and car at Mather Point.  It is about 5:00 p.m. and time for us to get out of the park before it gets dark and our hour drive back to Flagstaff and our hotel for the night.

We went to Oregano’s for dinner.  It was recommended with 5 stars on GPS.  It was that or Olive Garden, and since neither of us had ever been to Oregano’s we choose that.  Though it was a Chicago Style Pizza parlour it was very good.  I had the Grandma G’s Rosemary Chicken Pizza.  It had red pepper pesto, garlic chicken,  gorgonzola cheese, carmelized onions, 4 cheese blend and fresh rosemary.

From there it was back to the hotel, to rest up and get ready for our trip to South Arizona and a Tucson Resort.

Still Tripping the Light  . . .Pat