November 13, 2011

Phase V: LA to Home.

{This is the last post--I promise!  Sorry it has taken me so long to post this, "real" life is in full swing!}

The last part of our 17 days away from home was the trip from Los Angeles to Home.  We left LA at 8pm on a Thursday night, partially because we wanted to beat the Friday dash out of town and partly because we were just ready to get going.  We almost skipped the Grand Canyon, but I'm glad we didn't.  Who knows when the next opportunity would be to see it?

We stopped in Flagstaff the night before.  Flagstaff is really not the best place to stop--it required an hour of back-tracking to get to the Grand Canyon! (oops!).  Since we had driven until 3am the night before, we took our time getting going and didn't get there until lunch, and of course, we had our customary picnic.

The South Rim.
The sun was always in our eyes! 

Poor little Nick fell asleep in the stroller.
But at least we got a picture with all of us in it! 

The Grand Canyon is another one of those places--it doesn't matter how many pictures you take, you just can't capture the expansiveness of it.

The entrance had a great place for a photo op-- tripod included!

I think the Grand Canyon would be best enjoyed if you could stay and do a day hike.  Hiking to the bottom would really make you appreciate the hugeness of the canyon.  We didn't have time for that and some of the kids thought it was "boring"--which every direction pretty much looks the same so I understand that.

After about 5 hours of walking, viewing the canyon, and visiting the visitor center, we headed back on our trek home (Pizza Hut for dinner!).  Driving at night seemed to work really well.  Our next two stops were in Albuquerque and Tulsa.  We made it home at 1:30 in the morning (our time) on Monday morning.  Just in time to rest up, unpack and head out for trick-or-treat!

It was the best trip ever!  I totally want to go do it all over again!

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