Thursday, November 5, 2015
Well, after some 3K miles of traveling through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, we have settled in Panama City Beach for a much needed break.
On our way to Longview, Washington we managed to take a quick detour through Flagstaff, Arizona and made a quick jog up to the Grand Canyon. My mother had never been there and my wife had only seen it from the west rim.
When you get to Flagstaff, you have several options on how you want to get to the south rim of the canyon. One would be to head west on I-40 about 30 miles and take Hwy 64 straight north. 64 will join Hwy 180 and take you straight to the south rim. But if you're looking for scenery you won't get much on this 60 mile drive.
The other option is to take Hwy 180 north out of the heart of Flagstaff. It will wind through the mountains and forests for about 40 miles then meet up with Hwy 64. It's a beautiful drive if you have the extra time. This route will add 15 to 20 miles to get to the Grand Canyon.
So enough about that. Here's a few pictures we took, but just for the record, the ONLY way to truly experience this true treasure of our planet is to go see it yourself. Stand at the edge in awe. I know we did.