Sunday 6 July 2014

My Holiday in Arizona - The Grand Canyon: Part One

Well Tuesday dawned bright and beautiful and we headed off to The Grand Canyon stopping at a couple of roadside Navajo Indian stalls and at the Cameron Trading Post...where I got the coolest of things...but these are to be shown later!

Here we are outside the shop.

There were these western saddles...that Helen and I rode.... that is until Mum told us they were handbags!  Whoops!

Ye ha, cowboy!  

After a rather long shop - boy Aunty Heidi and Aunty Sheila can certainly shop - we finally made it to The Grand Canyon.

Our first stop was Desert View.

This looked interesting and strangely out of place really.

Old, but not old, inspired by...

The East View Watchtower.

Lots and lots of photos of the Canyon - which really don't capture the sheer majesty and vastness of it.

Heidi looks like she has her leg in the air...but I think it was balanced on a rock.

Don't fall off!

Enjoying the amazing view and power of the Canyon

It really does have to be seen to be believed.

The four Sashakateers...  Mum, Heidi, Marti & Sheila

Information panels telling you about the area you are currently in and other interesting information.

We went to see the train....

This was the one that used to be in service.

What a shame I didn't have my engine driver's outfit with me!

I wanted to get on it, but it said 'Please Keep Off'

I thought it best to obey as there was a US Marshall nearby...

Can you tell I like trains?

I could stand on this though.

It was very hot in the sun...

Meeting the US Marshall

He was dressed in Western Clothing which is unusual for a US Marshall, but very fitting for the area.

We went into one of the original lodges.  There were several heads on the walls!

We were to go in here...but first we wanted to take in some more views.

Me and Marti

Sheila, Myself, Marti & Heidi

Looks like we need to go and have a look in here.

Can you see me?

Yes here I am on the wooden wheel.

Yes more views of the canyon.

Sparse vegetation

In case you have a tummy ache, tea to cure all ailments!

Hmm...this looks like a decent trunk!  I could definitely get all my clothes in here!

A ranger's boots and hat/

Learning how to card wool and weave.

Mum (Lorraine), my loyal carriage!

Sheila, Mum, Me & Heidi

A very interesting talk on Condors was being given over here...we caught the tail end of it.


I wanted to do this, but it seems I was the only taker in this heat!

Learning about some of the local people...

His cabin.

An old projector


A local bird...

Ah, now this looks interesting...

I think I will go on this walk...

Surely it can't be too far?

Off I go..... be continued...


  1. Wow Henry, what a brilliant day you had visiting the Grand Canyon - one to remember for a long time to come. Love the handbag/saddle! And good to see the 4 Sashakateers.

    1. Wasn't that handbag/saddle cool? I think Mum would have liked it, but she didn't even glance at the price tag after taking the photos of me...rather restrained of her don't you think? The holiday really was a day to remember and a brilliant time was had by all.

  2. Gosh! Just how on earth did you all cope with that HEAT! It's made me go all hot just looking at the photos, never mind being out there in it. I hope that it didn't melt your vinyl or make your hair fall out?

    Had to smile about your comment on Shelia's and Heidi's capacity for shopping!
    I'm thinking that YOU must now be the MOST travelled Gregor in the Sasha World! How lucky is that?

    1. Well yes the heat was something...but being a dry heat it wasn't sticky like it can get here...not that that ever bothers me, not being the sweating type! ;-) But that is what Mum says anyway.. As for my hair, well it is falling anyway, so just part and parcel of the experience...every where I go now I leave a little bit of me behind.

      Oh yes I am one well travelled and very lucky Gregor indeed!

  3. Wow, I'm so envious. One place I never went in all my years of living in the US. Thanks Henry for all the amazing photos. x