Grand Canyon Colorado River

Goal: Enjoy the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Colorado River

As stated in an earlier post, we decided to stay in Camp Verde, AZ, about 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. We stayed so far away because we did not plan early enough to stay (affordably) any closer. It was Fourth of July weekend and EVERYTHING was booked! Even campsites. My advice: If you plan on visiting one of the famous National Parks on July 4th weekend, plan ahead, like WAY ahead.

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Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon, AZ

That said, we had an AMAZING time at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From what I’ve read, the South Rim is a little more family-friendly than the North Rim, so this is where we decided to explore. Our first stop inside the park was the Desert View Watchtower. This was the first stop for many people entering the park from the Southeast entrance. It was quite crowded. Personally, I would recommend skipping this first stop and moving on to one of the many other lookouts along the road, just because of the number of people that were there.

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I lost my tooth at the Grand Canyon!

We had a wonderful time. The visitors center is great. I think the kids learned more about geology than they’ll learn in the next few years at school. They also participated in the Junior Ranger program that you’ll find throughout the National Park system. Well worth it.

One tip that will make your stay at the Grand Canyon much easier:

Park your car and use the shuttle buses to get around. You’ll be glad you did.

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No words can describe the beauty, Grand Canyon, AZ

Day 4 goal: Accomplished

Janette DeFelice, MD, MA is a writer currently focusing on how the changing environment affects our health. Her essay collection Resistance Essays from the Heartland and her new novel Delia Rising: A Ballet in Three Acts are both available now. She has also published at Be The Change Mom, ChicagoNow, and Medium.com. She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where her major essay was Hegel and Ibsen: The Evolution of Consciousness in Ibsen’s Prose Play Cycle. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University. A former professional dancer, former adjunct Humanities professor, and former lecturer in Medical Clinical Skills, as well as a mom of 9-year-old twins, she currently finds herself at a career/life crossroads at which she is trying to figure out how to use all aspects of herself (her art, her medical and scientific knowledge, her philosophical explorations, her interest in popular culture as a teaching tool, and her unique perspective) for the good of humanity.

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