Grand Canyon Family Trip

February 18th, 2000 - March 3rd, 2000

We had a great winter break trip with the family. It began with a drive through Oregon to Northern California, past famous Mount Shasta:

Mount Shasta in Northern California, height 14,162 feet.

We then stayed a night in Paradise, in Northern California:

The Sutter Buttes are in the distance, with the green Paradise hills in the foreground.

After a stop in Palo Alto we then drove to Lake Havasu City, Arizona:

The home of Dolores Tobin in Lake Havasu City where we stayed a week.

One day we took a drive to see a cabin in the nearby mountains. Arizona still has some nice open spaces!

The desert on the way to Kingman, Arizona.

The Tassinari cabin is at 7,000 feet. It stays 85 degrees here in the summer when Lake Havasu is 120 degrees!

The Tassinari's cabin in the Hualapi Mountains of Arizona.

It was a cozy little cabin that would be fun to have someday.

The upstairs of the Tassinari cabin.

Returning to Lake Havasu we saw an old steam engine in a park in Kingman, Arizona on historic Route 66:

A Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern steam engine with 70 inch drivers.

... and a modern diesel train on the way back to Havasu.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train traveling at 72 mph just south of Kingman, Arizona.

Another day took us to the Grand Canyon. One leaves I-40 at the town of Williams, Arizona where we saw an old-fashioned Chevron gas station:

The interior of an old-style Chevron gas station in Williams, Arizona.

This train travels from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon each day; here it is at the Grand Canyon end. (We didn't ride it on this trip. Maybe next time...)

The Grand Canyon train that travels from Williams to the South Rim is led by Alco FAs.

The Grand Canyon: what a place! About a mile deep, on average about 10 miles wide, and over 200 miles long! Photographs do not show how huge it is. It fills every part of your vision. The drop down is not scary at all. (If you want a scary drop, go to Glacier Point in Yosemite.)

The Grand Canyon is huge!

Note the Colorado River at the bottom looks very small!  Could it really have created all this?

I liked the trees we found at 7,000 feet at the South Rim:

One of the interesting trees at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Another tree (a sugar pine?) at the South Rim.

The kids enjoyed the Grand Canyon but it sure was cold: 31 degrees was the high for the day, even with it being sunny!

31 degrees and a wind make standing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon a bit nippy!

We found some wild burros to feed after leaving Lake Havasu and passing by Parker Dam. An important discovery was made: wild burros like Triscuits!

Wild burros enjoyed Triscuits near Parker Dam, California.

Gas prices soared on this trip (we saw $2.09 a gallon!), but at this old station the pumps showed 39.9 cents a gallon! Too bad we couldn't fill up...

An old Chevron gas station at Desert Center, California.

One Thousand Palms is just that: 1000 palm trees all together, about 14 miles from Palm Springs, California.

1000 Palms at Bermuda Dunes, California.

We drove up the California coast on highway 101 after a rainstorm and the hills were a beautiful green. At any other time of year these hills are brown. This was near Paso Robles, California.

Green hills of Highway 101 6 miles northwest of Paso Robles, California

We saw our friend BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) between Oakland and Walnut Creek.

Bay Area Rapid Transit traveling 70 mph.

Another landmark is the Benecia oil refinery near the Sacramento River:

Benecia oil refinery

Near the town of East Nicholas we saw llamas on a farm. It is interesting to realize that they are South American animals who seem to be increasingly present in North America.

LLama at East Nicholas, California.

We visited the Oakland Temple where we were married 13 years ago. The best is yet to come!

Dan & Beth Allen at the Oakland Temple.

After over 3,500 miles, we're happy to be home once again!

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Created:  6 Mar 2000
Modified: 5 Jun 2000