|Sarah's first airplane ride|
|She made it!|
|We have a grapefruit tree right next door!|
On Saturday we took it easy to let them enjoy the warm temperatures. A good part of the day was spent at the pool and we had lots of fun taking pictures in the water and under the water. Sarah was a very happy young lady.
|A Group "Selfie"|
|Sarah's first underwater photo|
|Sarah and Aunt Mary sharing a little pool time|
|Our route north from Mesa|
We arrived at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village Park around 2:00 and once we unhitched and ate some lunch we were ready to go exploring.
|Lunch outside is always a good thing!|
|No Campfire, No Problem!|
|As we drove into the park we saw many of these young elk along the side of the road (and in our campground).|
|Picking up Sarah's Junior Ranger Packet.|
One of the activities that she needed to complete was going to a ranger program. Since there was one starting in about 20 minutes we took the 15 minute walk along the rim to get over there. Of course, since this was their first time actually seeing the Grand Canyon our walk took a little longer than 15 minutes. Sue and Sarah haven't been here before so it was fun to see their expressions when they got their first glimpse of the "big hole in the ground". I believe Sarah's words when she first saw it were "oh my goodness gracious" - at least that's what she tells me she said (it sounds a little dramatic to me for a nine year old).
The Ranger explained some of the history of the canyon and passed around rocks from the different
Our next stop was Yaki Point to watch the sunset (and take a few photos).
|Yaki Point at Sunset - Breathtaking!|
|As long as there is a railing, I'm good.|
|Sarah reciting the pledge and receiving her badge|
We also wanted to see the Grand Canyon movie and get a little souvenier shopping in. Sue didn't find everything she wanted at the center so we took another bus to the Market Place (two gift shops, a Chase Bank, and a post office).
|Hiking down into the canyon|
|This pictograph can be seen just past the first tunnel on the Bright Angel Trail|
|See - it's a good thing I stayed behind so I could take this picture from above|
|Wow! What a climb!|
When Marty, Sue and Sarah hiked back up we continued walking along the rim for about 2 miles. Then we hopped a bus back to the Market Place and grabbed some lunch at the cafeteria. Sue and I made the mistake of ordering burgers, they cook them to order and it took forever! Sarah almost finished her pizza before we even had our food. If it takes this long in March what is it like in the summer when it's really crowded? BTW, the burgers were very good.
We headed back to the trailer for a little while and then hopped a bus back to the Village for sunset at Hopi Point.
|More Hopi Point|
|Tree Huggers at Hopi Point|
|Rest Stop Sign Honoring our Military, Sarah is pointing out the USMC (I wonder why - Tom?)|
|Sign seen at Rest Stop|
|I miss you guys too!!|
|Flat Stanley really enjoyed his time in the pool!|
|Yes, he's wearing sunscreen.|
|Sarah and her new best friend, Flat Stanley|
|Walking to the Ballpark|
|It's always nice to be welcomed|
|Pete LaCock is a former Cub (for some strange reason I was in his fan club when I was a teenager) and, for you trivia buffs, his father is Peter Marshall of the game show Hollywood Squares.|
|Hall of Famer, Fergie Jenkins - He won 20 games six years in a row!|
|You can't beat fun at the new ball park!|
|It's especially sweet when we beat the White Sox|
|Sarah, Stanley and Matt Szczur who made an incredible catch during the game.|
On Friday, we met my cousin Nancy and her husband, Richard for lunch. We had a wonderful visit with them and a delicious lunch at Cornish Pasty Company in Mesa.
|Richard, Nancy, Sue, Sarah, Mary and Marty|
|Look at that little girl's face, could she be any more dramatic?|
We had a wonderful time during March in Mesa and are looking forward to visiting family in Southern California during the first two weeks of April.