Friday, June 13, 2008

Day 10 - Leaving Las Vegas for the Grand Canyon

Today we left the excitement of Las Vegas and headed for the grandeur and beauty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona! On our way, we stopped at the Hoover Dam to take some pictures. We did get some good shots, but unfortunately, we found out it was a big tourist trap. It is an amazing sight to see if you have the chance, but they charge fees for everything. We paid $7 to park and then found out we would have to pay another $35 just to go into the Visitor Center and we could not go into any other building along the top of the dam without the pass. It was extremely hot & the girls were tired, so we just walked a bit along the dam and took some pictures before heading on our way to Arizona.

Craig with the Hoover Dam in the background.

The Hoover Dam - Nevada

The other side of the Hoover Dam

A dedication plaque to all those who lost their lives while constructing the dam in 1931.

We continued our journey into Arizona and took some scenic shots along the way. We didn't have as long of a drive today and got to our hotel which is just outside of the entrance to the Grand Canyon around dinner time. After a yummy pizza & pasta dinner, we made it to the park to see the Canyon at sunset and it took our breathe away! Words nor pictures can truly express the beauty and feelings seeing this natural wonder with your own eyes! We'll save the shots of the Grand Canyon for tomorrow's entry, but here are some that we took along our drive today.

Welcome to Arizona!

The amazing scenery of Arizona!

The Red Feather Lodge - our comfy hotel outside Grand Canyon National Park.

That's all for tonight. Stay tuned for our pictures of the Grand Canyon tomorrow! Tomorrow after we tour the Canyon again, we are headed to Albuquerque, NM to visit Mark & Mindy. We'll be there until Sunday and we can't wait! And in just two short weeks, we'll be back to Albuquerque for their wedding!! Good night, for now! ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)

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