This year during Spring Break, we took a family vacation to Phoenix, Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. We also visited our friends, the Allen's, (who moved to Scottsdale, AZ last summer) for a few days. Along with the Allen's clan, we took a day trip to Sedona's Slide Rock National Park.
The trip was unique in that it all started when we hopped aboard an Amtrak Passenger train for an overnight adventure. We had a family "sleeper" car where our family of 5 could sleep comfortably. When it was time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner we made reservations to eat together in the "dining" car.
Throughout the 28 hours that we rode, Ashlee and Sydney were able to hang out in the "lounge" car, playing cards with the other kids on the train. We had a "porter" who helped us with our questions, reservations, and woke us up so that we didn't miss our stop in Maricopa, AZ.
|Houston train station|
|Waiting at the train station in Houston|
|Getting off the train in Maricopa|
After our relaxing stay in Peoria, we headed to the Grand Canyon where we spent 2 days hiking and touring the South Rim. An absolute awesome creation... Someone stated something like, "The Grand Canyon is God's canvas for us to see His beautiful artistic creation." I completely agree! The beauty is indescribable.
We walked along the South Rim where at times was quite scary. There was a trail but sometimes we would be walking along a cliff with nothing between us and death! When we got tired of walking we hopped on a tram that dropped us off at different scenic views until we arrived at Hermit's Rest...the last stop on the South Rim...19 miles west.
After 100 times of hearing their mother say "Get away from the edge!" the kids started giving me a hard time. hahaha!
|View of several hiking trails|
|Close up of hiking trail with a shelter. If you look closely you can see hikers.|
|Bus ride to Hermit's Rest|
|Hermit's Rest was the last stop 19 miles down the South rim.|
|Hand built fireplace (now coffee/gift shop) from 1914|
|Leaving for a hike up Indian Reservation|
|Hiking on the Indian Reservation|
|Top of the Indian Reservation behind Allen's house|
|View of the neighborhood in Scottsdale|
Once in Sedona we stopped at a tourist rest stop where the park guide read The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss and the kids gave an oath to take care of nature. It was perfect timing because the movie had just come out and we ended up seeing it a couple days later.
|Giving the Lorax Oath!|
We drove through Sedona's beautiful red rock, mountainous countryside and arrived at Slide Rock National Park. We ate lunch and went to find the sliding rock! We found a popular river with rapids that we enjoyed even though it was extremely cold! The kids had a blast climbing the red rock and exploring!
We eventually arrived safely at home after 9 adventurous days seeing the beautiful earth that God created for us to explore. Definitely a family trip we will remember forever!!!