Last week we tacked on a couple of days to the weekend, and headed out to Arizona for a wonderful visit with Mimi and Pops. More on this to come in another post. While we were there, we figured we should go see the Grand Canyon, being that it is only an hour and a half away from their house. Since we have two little ones, we knew we couldn't see it through a hike or a river trip, but had to go the ultra touristy route and stand at the top, look out, and think to ourselves, "yes, it is Grand". We decided to put a some adventure in the day with a train ride there. And what an adventure this train ride turned out to be! Entertainment was the name of the game on this little jaunt. For me the train ride really made the day. Although, everything about this day was fantastic and certainly memorable. Thank you, Mimi and Pops for treating us to such a special day!
The day started out with an Old West show put on by the train employees. They had us hooked from the get go. Lexi watching the show.
A little photo op with one of the actors and his horse
And there was the club car for indulgences...
Before we knew it the fiddle player took Lexi's hand and pulled her right in. He asked if she wanted to play the fiddle. Naturally our little performer did.
Protege or cheater? Ha, ha! What an impact this experience made on her! She couldn't stop talking about it all day :)
By the time we arrived at the Grand Canyon, our group was a little giddy from all of the fun!
The Grand Canyon, was breath taking, as expected. The best part was that the kids (especially Declan) seemed to grasp the wonderment of it.
We wanted to get the kids something from the gift shop, but after searching a bit, decided against it - nothing was really jumping out at us. Adam mentioned some national Park passports - something we had seen on a documentary about National Parks a few years ago. So we went searching - and found them! So, instead of a t-shirt, we got the kids the passports and had them put their very first stamp in them! The perfect memento!
We indulged in some ice cream -
We had a little bit of time to kill and Declan asked if he could take a picture of the Grand Canyon. The only camera we had was mine. Lately he has shown a bit of an interest in taking pictures, asking more questions and such. So, I cautiously put the strap around his tiny little neck and helped him use the camera. Of course he was hooked. He kept giving directions, telling us what to do. Here are a few of his shots -
Not too shabby!
After a few hours at the Grand Canyon, it was time to board the train home, where more entertainment awaited us!
To end, just a few more pics of our train lover, enjoying the ride.