When we decided that we wanted to go out West we chose to go on a bus tour. After investigating the various companies that we had to choose from, we selected Trafalgar Tours. Our decision was based on destinations, time frame, dates of availability and price. Based on these criteria we felt Trafalgar was our choice. We used the services of the AAA travel department and had them book our tour and arrange for the best flights to and from the beginning and end of our tour. A few problems, notwithstanding, we were able to get the flights and tour that best served our needs.
Day 2 We left early Saturday morning and our first stop was at Montezuma Castle located in Prescott National Park.
The Anasazi lived in these cliff dwellings until they disapeared mysteriously around 1200 AD. We left Montezuma Castle and headed for The Grand Canyon. We stopped for a lunch break in Sedona, a shopping center in a tourist stop's disguise. The views began to get better and better.
We then headed for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world. We arrived in the park area and we decided to go to the National Geographic Imax Theater to see a great film called "Grand Canyon The Hidden Secrets". Be sure to see this film if you are in the area. We are ordering a copy to remind us of the experience. We were in the South Rim area and after seeing the film we took the bus to the closest parking area and walked to the rim.
Words cannot describe the immensity of the canyon or the feelings that came over us as we walked to the rim to take in the view. The colorado River looked like a tiny stream at the bottom. The canyon streched as far as the eye could see.The Sun was moving lower in the sky and the shadows gave a different appearance to the different elevations as it went down. There was a haze over the canyon as you can see from this picture.
Day 3 We went back for another look at the canyon and it looked beautiful as it was bathed in morning sunlight. Notice the shadows are now on the other side of the peaks and valleys. We walked around the Southern rim and then headed to Canyon De Chelly National Monument for dinner and an overnite stay.
On day 4 we spent the morning at Canyon de Chelly National Monument where we saw the ruins of five different periods of Native American heritage.