Onward and Westward

After leaving the trading post, we continued our journey west on Hwy 264 through Keams Canyon.

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A small pull out was all we needed to stop, stretch our legs and enjoy the gorgeous view.

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Once again, we turned our backs for a minute only to turn around and see this.  Seriously, Jimmy you don’t know what this does to an “I don’t like heights and I don’t like to see other people up on really high rocks” phobia that I have.

Jim and keams canyon

Don’t make me come up there

I do appreciate a good rock, though, and Arizona is full of them.


keams canyonSome are right on the edge.  What keeps them from falling??


arizona landscapeTo me, it looks like the sheer weight of the rock would send it careening down the hill.  It was then I began to develop a “fear of a big rock rolling out of control and hitting a passing motorcycle” phobia.

When we stopped to eat, I asked our Native American waiter if he had ever seen one of these rocks fall.  He told us you never want to see a rock fall, it is very bad luck.

This would be especially true if one hit your motorcycle (therefore, justifying my new found phobia.)

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As we moved closer to the Grand Canyon, we saw this in the distance.

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As you can see, there are no places to take cover if you are on a motorcycle.  No gas stations, no roadside picnic stands, not even a tree to get under.  You just have to ride through it.  Fortunately, we all had good rain suits.

We stayed east of the Canyon at the Cameron Trading Post in Cameron, AZ.  We’ve stayed here before and they have nice rooms, a good restaurant, and a huge gift shop.   From here, it’s thirty miles to the east entrance of the south rim.

During that thirty miles, you begin to see the smaller canyon of the Little Colorado River that leaves the Grand Canyon.

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At the east entrance of the south rim is an old watchtower.

watchtower at the grand canyonThe Desert View Watchtower was built in 1932.  Today it serves as a visitor center with observation views on each floor.

Grand Canyon watchtower

We made it here just before the rain hit.

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Before the rain started, though, we were able to see clouds dipping into the canyon and then rising up and over our heads.  It was quite a spectacular sight.

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The rain and lightening lasted for a good hour and we were thankful to be protected in the watchtower.

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When the rain stopped and the sky cleared, we began the drive through the canyon.

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Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Grand CanyonPictures don’t even come close to capturing the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Especially at sunset

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Oh beautiful, for spacious skies

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America.  Land that I love.

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Up next-the road to Bryce Canyon









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I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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8 Responses to Onward and Westward

  1. Kevin says:

    We really have a beautiful country — each region has something to celebrate. Safe travels!


  2. I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. Glad you’ve seen it twice. Some of those canyon walls look etched.


  3. Really breathtaking! I’ve been to Canyon de Chelly in Arizona but have never been to the Grand Canyon. (I have a bit of a phobia about heights, too.)


  4. Oh my goodness, I love love love these pictures and your story! We’re heading out there in just about six weeks, thanks to you Brenda! I visited as an adolescent so I have some memory of the absolute grandeur of it. I can’t wait to take my husband and kids. Thank you so much!


    • I hope the weather is good for you! where are you flying in to?


      • We’re flying in and out of Phoenix. Michael’s grandmother lives in Sierra Vista so we’re going to see her (haven’t since our wedding and the kids never have)… first half of the trip will be in the north and second half in the south. I really hope the weather is okay. I understand that it can be cold and snowy in January. Probably not the 106 inches that we had last February though?


  5. One of the most beautiful spots on the face of the earth.


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