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Granby and Grand Lake, CO

Escaped the Moab heat, running north toward Rocky Mountain National Park. Figured if latitude doesn’t bring cooler temperatures, altitude surely will. We can win either way by following the Colorado River up up up. And Granby Lake offers nice camping and a couple of nearby towns.

Granby Lake, CO, in the morning sunlight

Our first night in Colorado, well south of Granby, was at Rifle Gap State Park. Pretty hot despite being very windy. Fortunately, the Granby Lake area is cooler by at least ten degrees. Granby’s Stillwater Campground sits near the water and offers several loops. Most of the campsites offer good views of Granby Lake.

Tuesday afternoon we drove in and walked up and down the Grand Lake boardwalk. This is a cute small town with a little of everything. We visited a backpacking store, coffee shop, and small grocery store. The backpacking store folks are really helpful and found a 2L replacement drinking water bladder in their storeroom for us.

The Village Hub is a nice local coffee shop with friendly service, an option to use real mugs instead of styro, great coffee (and ice cream and pastry), and nice tables and seating. We were deciding where to sit when another couple, seated on a sofa, asked if they had overheard that we are RVers.

We introduced ourselves to Pat and Don, and Pat told us they travel in a Holiday Rambler. Don added they aren’t full-timers but have traveled all but a couple of months in a year. Debbie asked if those two months weren’t spent working on the house and yard. And, of course, it probably was.

Unlikely as it looks, this is one great steakhouse

Jim was wearing a fun tee-shirt he picked up in Albuquerque at Monte Carlo Liquor and Steak House. Turns out Pat and Don live in Albuquerque, and hadn’t heard of this local restaurant. We had fun laughing at the notion, you hear about something in your own neighborhood when you’re 800 miles away.

Pat and Don finished their coffee and ran out of time so we didn’t talk as long as we all could have. It was fun meeting and talking with these nice Holiday Rambler folks while enjoying our coffee in the Village Hub. Are RVers just the nicest people to meet on the road? Or are the nicest people in Granby and Grand Lake, CO?

Don’t know, need to do more research — see you down the road!

Jim and Debbie
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How Grand it is

We had a nice stay at North Rim, Arizona, at the Grand Canyon. This visit is a first for both of us, and we’ll look forward to another.

near Bright Angel Point and Grand Lodge

We took a short hike from the campground to the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge was another railroad-built North American destination lodge. The railroad companies in Canada and the States built many of these in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This one burned down in 1932 and they rebuilt in 1937. The Grand lodge is a nicely sized stone building with ponderosa pine ceiling beams. And the Grand Lodge is surrounded by matching buildings for gift shop, food service, and guest cabins.

Grand Lodge, still decorated with last night's snow

We checked out the Grand Lodge, including its famed “surprise” glass-walled room overlooking the canyon. The gift store is nice with roomy aisles and a wide assortment of books, hats, jewlery, gifts and many other things.

We most liked the hike beyond the Lodge to Bright Angel Point. The 1/4 mile paved trail has steep drop-offs on both sides and terminates on a nice platform with grand view of Bright Angel Canyon and of Grand Canyon’s opposite, or south. rim.

Nice snow in North Rim Cmpgrd

We’re camped at the North Rim Campground beside the Grand Canyon. Our facilities are very modest, even if our RVs are not. Still the campground comfort stations have flush toilets, soap and very cold water lavatories, and electrical power at the lavatories. All the roads and campsites are paved and well-marked.

This is a very attractive campground, well laid out amongst the trees. Tenters and RVs are mixed throughout the campground. They fit well together because the campground is so roomy. But the campground has very few level sites and is a big challenge for larger RVs.

Our weather the past several days has included very comfortably temperatures and increasingly windy days. We arrived at North Rim to a high of 52 degrees and at 9pm we already were down to 35. Our low was around 24 degrees Farenheit, the coldest for the caravan. And yes, we had an inch of snow the next morning. This really pretty white coating stuck on everything except the roads.

Point Imperial marker

The roads and trails were clear, and the snow melted away rapidly after sun-up. We drove to Cape Royal for views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, then to Point Imperial for the view from the highest point in the entire Grand Canyon Park.

Colorado River running far below us

The river is very distant but clearly visible way down there. This view helps provide perspective on how big this canyon is, ten miles across and 277 river miles long. (see info here)

We’re headed to Zion National Park next. As grand as this Grand Canyon is, warmer weather beckons and we’re ready for it. See you down the road!

Jim and Debbie
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Blown Away by Glen Canyon NRA

Blown away, literally, by today’s winds. Max gusts of 50mph, per the weather guessers — our guess might be higher, based upon the wind tossing hardback books from the table-top to the ground.

Our group ambitiously will attempt a picnic here in little more than an hour. Debbie, Jerry and Ann Hall, Frank and Carol Colligan and I are hosts to our 55 fellow caravanners on the WBCCI SW Adventures Caravan.

We’re not doing anything fancy. We’re going to serve KFC chicken, fixings, and some pie from Safeway. It’s a picnic, after all. Some caravan guides material mentions caravan food competitive spirit. We’re here to help relax those who follow — it’s camping, after all.

Our first two days here were full of fabulous weather — mostly sunny skies, highs in the 70s, lows around 50. Oh, and sunrise is at 0515 hours, Arizona time. Wow, that’s really early. Jim’s waking and staying up, enjoying watching the morning unfold. None of this for Debbie. She’s arising to the clock time. Someone please pull the shades down early, okay?

We visited Antelope Canyon, a very pretty and narrow slot canyon. And we enjoyed a day-long rafting trip down the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry. Our guide, Rico, is very knowledgeable about the river and its history and entertained us thoroughly with his stories and histories.

Today we enjoyed a “zero day”, no tours, no hiking, nothing until mid-afternoon. Now we’re setting up for the big picnic. This is our only occasion on this caravan to host a meal and we have a fantastic committee with the Halls and Colligans.

Since we lack any kitchen and dining setting and are eating in the park’s picnic area, we easily agreed to picnic food. What’s more picnicky than fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, and cole slaw? Well, homemade ice cream would have iced it just perfectly, but some things are a little out of reach for our caravan.

Glen Canyon NRA has several campgrounds. Our group is tucked into Wahweap Campground near Page and on Lake Powell. Many of our trailers have a very fine view of Lake Powell and the opposite shoreline. Our price for this great setting is five days camping with no utilities.

A little more than half of our group have a little less an overlook. They are sited on concrete pads and provided with full electric, water, and sewer connections. Maybe it’s an even swap. Debbie and I think so. We’re a little more than halfway through our fresh water tank supply (total 40 gallons, used 22 gallons). We’ve had great solar electric power generation to keep our batteries full.

Our main use of batteries has, so far, been in restoring the Dell laptop. Thus far we have reloaded Vista, MS Office suite, Picasa, Coffee Cup, FileZilla, Quicken, and TurboTax. This afternoon we started trying to reload backed up data files from portable hard drives.

We have no idea how much data we’ll restore, or how well it will work. But we do have the cleanest and sparest install we’ve ever seen on any laptop anywhere. Our desktop has exactly one icon, Recycle Bin. That’s it except the quick launch bar at the very bottom screen margin, where each of the above-listed apps has a small icon.

Hopefully we’ll be able to keep it this way. And we’re talking about how and whether to optimize the uses of the laptop. We’re starting over, we can make the rules any way we want, right?

I can’t keep typing — one hand is bracing the laptop screen to keep the wind from folding it over. Sand is driving, off and on, into my face. And I want to go talk with fellow caravanners nearby.

We’re enjoying this big wind country through tomorrow morning, then we’re driving directly into the wind to North Rim. Tomorrow will be Debbie’s and my first opportunity to see the Grand Canyon and we’re excited.

This windy Glen Canyon NRA is perfectly wonderful this time of year on the calm days. And no calm days are in the immediate forecast. We’re blown away from here, and will hope to visit again in calmer times.

Jim and Debbie
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