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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Man Survives Fall Off Half Dome

Above, Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A San Diego man is sure lucky!

He fell more than fifty feet while climbing Yosemite National Park's Half Dome.

KGTV reported:
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego man is recovering from a serious fall while climbing Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.  
Alex Doria fell more than 50 feet and broke his back, foot, wrist and ribs.  
“You know the weight of my pack, and my foot slipped, and I had a lot of run out in the rope,” Doria said.  
He credits his friend Jonathan with taking care of him until Yosemite Search and Rescue came and life-flighted him to a hospital. 

To read more, go here

Japan and Female Solo Travelers

Above, the pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If you're a female solo traveler who wants to vacation at a place that is suitable, you may want to seriously consider vacationing in Japan.

The Huffington Post has a new article on "7 Reasons Why Japan Is Amazing For Solo Female Travelers".

It starts with:
When choosing a suitable destination to travel to as a solo female, Japan may not be the first place that springs to mind, and that isn’t for any derogatory reason, but simply because there is not enough information out there about precisely how female friendly Japan actually is. 
Solo female travelers, particularly first timers or relatively inexperienced travelers may opt for places where there is a well-trodden route, where countless solo females have gone before them, and where there are plentiful resources available to help them plan their trips. Unfortunately, not all of this is in place to help a fabulous independent female plan her trip to Japan so perhaps she will wind up dismissing it as an option, and go for a ‘safer’ choice such as Europe or South East Asia instead. 
However, these ladies are certainly missing out. Not only are the Japanese extremely polite and helpful by nature, there are also many measures in place in Japan designed to make solo females feel comfortable - such as women’s only accommodation and carriages on trains. Here’s why Japan is perfect for solo female travelers.

To read more, go here

Thankful RVers

Above, The Beast in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Thanksgiving Day is coming up shortly and Do It Yourself RV is taking note of it with their article, "8 Things RVers Should Be Thankful For".

It begins with:
It’s important to take some time every November to reflect on everyone and everything that we’re thankful for.  As RVers it can be so easy to focus on the things that go wrong along the way that we forget about everything else on our journeys that have gone right. 
So, before digging into the turkey and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving, we’d like to give thanks to the more underrated highlights from living in a home-on-wheels.

To read more, go here

415 Call

Above, the vehicle after they closed the doors. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the reasons for wanting to leave California is the rudeness and inconsideration of the people here.

Early this morning was a prime example.

At about 2:20 this morning, some people who don't live here were parked near my bedroom and were talking and laughing loudly, thereby waking you-know-who. This falls under police penal code 415 (Disturbing the peace / Mutual combat).

Above, one of the people in the vehicle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

So, I got dressed, put a little item for protection in my pocket (who knows what I may be walking into) and went out to have a little chat with them. I reminded the so-called tenant that the manager distributed a notice a few months ago stating that hanging around and talking in the parking lot and the building's common areas is not allowed and non-tenants are not allowed to park in the building's parking lot. Despite their promise to tone down the noise (one inside the vehicle claims he's also a tenant), it kept on for another 25 minutes. I then called the LAPD.

Of course, they left before the police arrived. The dispatcher called me a before any police showed up and I cancelled the call. What's the point? The perps were gone.

So it isn't any wonder that I am choosing to move to New Mexico where I will have an acre of land on both sides of the house (one acre will be mine) as a buffer for any noise problems with the neighbors.

This kind of problem isn't just confined to California. Anytime you have multiple apartments, there will be a few jackasses around to disturb the peace.

I'll have to have a little talk with the building manager today.

Friday, November 17, 2017

I Know Where I'll Be Buying Gas

Above, my new acquisition, a house and detached garage on two acres.

A major life change for me is just beginning.

As those who have followed this blog, I made a trip last week to check out some properties in Gallup, New Mexico. The area appealed to me when I drove through it last year during my Metropolis (Illinois) trip.

The trip was fruitful as I made an offer on a home on two acres in nearby Jamestown. It is on a hill with small ranchos around it. The offer was counter-offered and my counter-offer to the owner's was accepted by them. Provided the inspection of the property comes out fine, I'll be moving to Jamestown!

Jamestown is about 15 miles east of Gallup along Interstate 40.

Here's what Wikipedia says about it:
Jamestown is an unincorporated community located along Interstate 40 in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. The community is the site of Pilot Travel Center #305, a 38,000-square-foot truck stop.

Frankly, California has become a trash state and I cannot wait to get out of it.

With my Good Sam Club discount, I'll be buying gas at the Pilot Travel Center. 

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Above, the fire extinguisher in The Beast. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

All new RVs are equipped with one or more fire extinguishers. Kidde, a Canadian company, is a leading manufacturer of these.

I found that there is a recall of Kidde fire extinguishers of various models that have plastic handles that may fail during use.

I checked and found that my Kidde fire extinguisher (Elite 10 Home or E10) is not on the U.S. recall list, but it is on the Canadian recall list. The extinguisher came with the 2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R that I bought in February 2015. The extinguisher has a 2014 date code, within the Canadian recall.

Right now, I have been on hold with Kidde's recall hot line for over 18 minutes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website gives Kidde's contact information as Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on Product Safety Recall for more information.

We'll see how this goes.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken Kissed and Groped Leeann Tweeden Without Consent

The blowback of sexual harassment charges that began with Harvey Weinstein has now reached the U.S. Senate.

The latest is what Senator Al Franken did in 2006 to Leeann Tweeden (in her own words to KABC TalkRadio):
In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.

Also on the trip were country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, and some cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys. The headliner was comedian and now-senator, Al Franken.

On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’ 
He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. 
He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth. 
I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time. 
I felt disgusted and violated. 
But he didn’t stop there. 
The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted. When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet. 
It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one: 


I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. 
I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. 
How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny? 
Today, I am the news anchor on McIntyre in the Morning on KABC Radio in Los Angeles. My colleagues are some of the most supportive people I’ve ever worked with in my career. Like everyone in the media, we’ve been reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations since they broke, and the flood of similar stories that have come out about others.
The best course of action for Sen. Franken is to resign or be removed.

To read more, go here

Liberal Snowflake Christmas Ornament

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About Grand Canyon's Hermit's Rest

Above, Hermit's Rest. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the places in Grand Canyon National Park I have never previously been to (at least I don't remember being there before) was Hermit's Rest. The structure was designed by architect Mary Colter, who also designed the Watchtower at the Grand Canyon.

Above, the plaque designating Hermit's Rest as a National Historic Landmark. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

On our second day at the Grand Canyon, we took a shuttle bus along the road to the landmark. To catch the Hermit's Rest shuttle (Red Line), one needs to take the Blue Line shuttle to the transfer station near Bright Angel Lodge. Without exiting the Hermit's Rest shuttle, it is an eighty-minute ride in total.

Above, the Hermit's Rest chimney. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Before reaching Hermit's Rest, we stopped at several viewpoints along the way to enjoy views of the Grand Canyon.

Above, the fireplace. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

According to Wikipedia:
Hermits Rest is a structure built in 1914 at the western end of Hermit Road at the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States. The Hermit Trail, a hiking trail that extends to the Colorado River, begins about ¼ mile beyond the shuttle bus stop at Hermit's Rest. Hermits Rest also represents the western terminus of the Rim Trail. The location was named for Louis Boucher. Around 1891, Boucher - a Canadian-born prospector - staked claims below present-day Hermits Rest. With help, Boucher carved the aforementioned trail into the canyon, and for years lived alone at nearby Dripping Springs. The main structure currently standing at Hermits Rest was designed by architect Mary Colter. Hermits Rest is the westernmost point on the canyon's south rim that is accessible by paved road. It was built as a rest area for tourists on coaches operated by the Fred Harvey Company on the way to the now-vanished Hermit Camp. The building was designed to appear to be a natural stone formation, closely tied to the land. Colter selected furnishings that are included in the National Historic Landmark designation.  
Hermits Rest stands a few feet from the rim of the Grand Canyon, partly buried in an earth mound. The exposed portions of the structure are designed to look like a natural rock formation, apart from the prominent rubblestone chimney. The structure is approached by a path that passes (and originally ran through) a stone arch decorated with a broken bell that Colter salvaged from a Spanish mission in New Mexico. A small porch supported by peeled log posts stands to one side of the outside observation area that overlooks the canyon rim. The low porch roof extends into the interior, which opens up to a double-height space. Opposite the entry, the south wall houses a semi-circular alcove with a fireplace and a raised floor. A snack bar opens on the west side of the space, and the "rug room," where native crafts were sold, is on the east side with its own fireplace. The interior furnishings throughout were chosen by Colter and are part of the historic designation. The overall impression imparted by Colter's design is one of antiquity. Colter, when kidded by AT&SF executives about the dark, antique-looking interior, retorted "you can't imagine what it cost to make it look this old."

Above, the gift shop. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

There is a gift shop and snack bar at Hermit's Rest. While inside the gift shop, I purchased a t-shirt for myself and a t-shirt/cap combo for Jes.

Above, the ceiling and windows of the inside of Hermit's Rest. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The snack bar had coffee, soft drinks, ice cream, candy, sandwiches and other snacks.

Above, the Hermit's Rest bell and arch that was once the entrance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park should take the Hermit's Rest shuttle. It was an enjoyable excursion.

Grand Canyon's Shrine of the Ages

Above, the Shrine of the Ages. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While visiting Grand Canyon National Park last weekend, we had to switch from a westbound Blue Line shuttle bus to an eastbound shuttle to get back to Trailer Village.

The switching point was in front of the Shrine of the Ages in Grand Canyon Village.

While we were there waiting for the eastbound shuttle bus, I was wondering what was the Shrine used for.

According to the National Park Service website on the Grand Canyon:
The Shrine of the Ages is a multi-purpose building used by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Association, and others. It can also be rented for private functions, including wedding ceremonies, with application for a Special Use Permit.

In the winter months, the nightly Evening Program is held inside the Shrine of the Ages, offering the opportunity to learn about a variety of Grand Canyon resources. Topics that park rangers may discuss include geology, human history, wildlife, the night sky, water resources, rock art, canyon hiking, and more. More about Ranger Programs... 
Special events, such as concerts or demonstrations, may take the place of a ranger program offering visiting artists, musicians, or students from Grand Canyon School to present programs to the community and general public.

The free Village Route Shuttle (blue line on map below) has both a westbound and eastbound stop in front of the Shrine of the Ages. It can be accessed by private vehicle using Parking Lot A. It is within walking distance of Market Plaza, Mather Campground, Trailer Village, and Yavapai Lodge .

For more information, go here

Can You Spot Grand Canyon Trails?

Above, several trails can be seen in this photo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Grand Canyon National Park is a hiker's paradise. There are many trails available for hikers and for those who prefer to ride mules instead to go down into the canyon.

One viewpoint has a sign pointing out several of the available trails:

Above, a similar view from this sign at the viewpoint. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Diminishing View: Can You See Mt. Trumbull?

It is surprising that smog from as far away as Southern California can affect views at Grand Canyon National Park.

60 miles away from the Grand Canyon is Mount Trumbull. Air pollution can obscure views of the peak.

This was explained by this posted sign at one of the South Rim's viewpoints:

Above, if one can see Mount Trumbull that is 60 miles away, it is a good viewing day. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Mount Trumbull was able to be seen on the day we visited the Grand Canyon. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Cell Phone Problems



Today started off weird.

I unplugged my cell phone from the charger and was going to watch the latest video by the Nomadic Fanatic and the phone froze up and was unresponsive.

After opening the back cover, I pulled out the battery and waited a few minutes and put it back in and restarted it.

Then it would not open correctly and not display all the apps. So I pulled the battery and tried re-booting it several times (sometimes it would re-boot itself) and still couldn't get it to work right.

Since there's a T-Mobile store nearby that opens at 10:00, I decided to jump into the shower and get over there. Well, after showering and getting dressed, I noticed that the phone is now working correctly. It corrected itself while I was in the shower.

Maybe the gremlins in it decided they've had enough fun with me and moved on?

I bought this phone almost two years ago and maybe it is time to get a new one. I'll wait and see how it runs for the next few days before deciding.

I did manage to view the Nomadic Fanatic's latest video. It is about his continuing RV brake problems and a fuel pump problem of his Onan generator. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grand Teton To Raise Some Fees

Above, Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Backpackers are not going to be happy with this.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported:
JACKSON — More than 40,000 people spent a night in the Grand Teton National Park backcountry this year. 
Come Jan. 1 their next backpacking trip will cost a bit more. The fee for a backcountry permit will rise from $25 to $35. Add $10 for advanced registration and the total will be $45. 
In comparison, the fee to camp at Jenny Lake Campground, operated by concessionaire Grand Teton Lodging Company, is $28 a night.

To read more, go here

Mister Elk

Above, Mr. Elk near our campsite in Trailer Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Trailer Village And The Senior Pass

Above, the sign at Trailer Village registration office. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If one is a holder of the national park Senior Pass (also known as the Golden Age Pass), they will not be able to use it at Grand Canyon National Park's Trailer Village for a discount for camping.

Trailer Village is concessionaire-operated and the nightly charge is $45/night. As the sign above indicates, the Golden Age Pass is not accepted. It is only good for the entrance fee into the park, which is generally $30 per carload.

Where's My National Park Senior Pass?

Above, seniors who have the Senior Pass will save $30 to enter Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When it was announced that the lifetime Senior National Park Pass fee was being raised from $10 to $80, many seniors ordered the pass before the August deadline to get the pass for the lower price.

Now, three months later, many seniors still haven't received the pass they ordered.

There's a reason for that and the Austin American-Statesman tells why.

They wrote:
Some senior citizens who applied for — but have yet to receive — their lifetime passes to the nation’s parks may find a gift in their stockings this Christmas that will benefit them for the rest of their days. That’s because the government expects all of the passes to be mailed out sometime in the next 30 days, according to the AARP. 
The news comes after the National Park Service said that seniors rushing to beat a steep price increase on lifetime passes created a logjam so severe that it delayed the processing of the requests. 
The park service announced in July that it was raising the price on lifetime passes for seniors at the nation’s national parks and federal lands from $10 to $80 to “enhance the visitor experience in parks.” People age 62 and older qualify for the passes, which have cost $10 for the past 23 years. 
Many seniors use the holidays to tour national sites and parks as many of their working-age family members have time off to accompany them. Even without the passes in hand, seniors who can produce a receipt or email confirmation can still enjoy the benefits, AARP reports, citing a parks spokesperson. 
The price hike was set to take place on August 28, 2017, causing a flood of requests. To get a picture of the frenzy created by the price hike, the park service says that for all of 2016, they received 33,000 orders for lifetime passes. This year, it ballooned to 957,000, with nearly two-thirds of that coming in August, the AARP reports.
To read more, go here

Foreign Visitors To Japan Up 18.3%

Above, the Godzilla statue in Hibiya, a must-see for international fans. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The growth in the number of foreign visitors to Japan continues as preliminary estimates for January-October indicates.

The Japan Times reported:
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan this year totaled 23.79 million as of the end of October, up 18.3 percent from a year earlier, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. 
The agency attributed the rise to the increased number of low-cost flights, mainly from South Korea and Taiwan, as well as visa relaxations for Chinese and Russian nationals. 
The tourism minister said last week that as of Nov. 4, the figure had surpassed the previous record of 24,039,700 logged last year.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Two Years of Retirement

Above, Sierra and I enjoying the RV lifestyle.

Yesterday marked two years since I retired. It is hard to believe how fast time flies.

The answer to the often-asked question, "Any regrets?" is still, "Heck no!" I am still having a good time and my health is just fine.

As one fellow RVer put it:
I retired at 60 and could have made a lot more money had I not retired. However, two of my best friends had just passed away while they were 61 and 64 and I decided to retire early while my wife and I still had good health. 
We bought our Class A then and started traveling. Now 12 years later we look back and say that was the smartest thing we ever did. We've hit all 50 states, 48 of them in an RV. 
So I think you are doing the right thing. Life is short and you never know what's around the corner.
This year has been stress-free (especially compared to last year). I am free to do what I want and when I want to. Had I remained in the workforce, I would never have been able to just pack up and head to Idaho to see the solar eclipse last August or be on the road for three weeks last year. And, I can stop in any Denny's restaurant in the country to enjoy a "Geezer Slam".

The best advice on retirement: do it while your health is still good!

Los Angeles Times Article On E Clampus Vitus


Above, Dave Nicholson and yours truly at Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar last year.

The Los Angeles Times posted an article yesterday on the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.

In reading the article, it strikes me as odd that the Times didn't mention the fact that there's an active ECV chapter in Los Angeles County (the Times' home area), Platrix Chapter No. 2, and that they have plaques in L.A. County that includes one for Godzilla, King of the Monsters!


Above, the Godzilla plaque at Frank del Olmo Elementary
 School in Los Angeles. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


I guess we can't have everything.

Still, it is nice that they gave ECV a write-up.

It begins with:
Everyone had forgotten about the Butt Lake Dinky by the time workers in 1996 dredged up the rusty H.K. Porter steam locomotive that had been submerged in a reservoir for eight decades. 
That lack of remembrance didn’t sit right with the Order of E Clampus Vitus, a men’s fraternal organization with chapters scattered around Gold Country. They commemorated the teeny train with a bronze plaque. 
From his perch at the Plumas Club, a dive bar that serves as his chapter’s de facto headquarters, Ron “Right-On” Oxley swirled a vodka and cranberry juice and tried to sum up his often misunderstood group. 
“A lot of people get confused and think we’re a bunch of drunkards,” said the resident of Quincy, a small mining town. “We’re actually a nonprofit historical organization.”
America is full of memorials for epic battles and soaring monuments and somber cradles of famous historical figures. The men of E Clampus Vitus — a.k.a. the Clampers — don’t bother with those. 
“We believe in the absurd,” said Gene Koen, a Clamper from Oroville.

To read the full article, go here

Twin Arrows Casino Resort

Above, Jes in front of the Twin Arrows Casino Resort. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the stops on my recent trip was at the Twin Arrows Casino Resort outside of Flagstaff, Arizona off of Interstate 40. We had left Meteor Crater RV Park and were looking for a place for breakfast.

Along the way, I saw signs for the Twin Arrows Casino Resort and figured they'd have restaurants there. One fun aspect to traveling is trying out new places to eat and visit.

Sure enough, they had several. We chose the only one that served breakfast, Four Elements Cafe. We weren't disappointed in their breakfast. It is an Indian casino resort located in the Navajo Nation.

According to their website:
After opening on Memorial Day Weekend, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort quickly became Northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination. In fact, We have been named “Best Casino Resort Destination of 2013” by the readers of Experience Arizona Magazine. 
Tucked within a picturesque view of the majestic San Francisco Peaks just east of Flagstaff, Twin Arrows is the centerpiece of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise's properties. 
Here, art and architecture have combined to both embody and showcase the rich history of the Navajo people, while providing an unparalleled casino resort experience.
Twin Arrows provides the very latest in gaming, often debuting new slot machines before they hit other casinos. 
Along with excellent gaming, Twin Arrows is also known for the lavish resort amenities, including luxury guest rooms (available in three configurations), gourmet dining, culturally infused casual dining, a fitness center, heated indoor pool and more than 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space.

Above, the main lobby of Twin Arrows Casino Resort. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

While waiting 10 minutes to be seated, I wandered into the casino. I noticed that, like Las Vegas, the slot machines don't accept coins, just credit/debit cards or ticket vouchers. It seems odd to me that to play a 25 cent slot machine, one has to use a card or a voucher and no coins. Progress?

Twin Arrows Casino Resort looked fairly new and it had a nice modern appearance.

For more information, go here.

Grand Canyon's Trailer Village

Above, our campsite in Trailer Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Before heading out on the trip to New Mexico and Arizona, I lucked out and was able to reserve a campsite at Trailer Village in Grand Canyon National Park.

It is a popular campground (along with neighboring Mather Campground) where reservations are a must.

Above, contrary to reports, the roads and campsites were nicely paved. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I had read some reviews of Trailer Village and one of the complaints was that the interior roads and the asphalt pads of the campsites were in disrepair with cracks and potholes. Once we arrived at Trailer Village last Friday, we found that it wasn't the case. It appeared that the campground was repaved within the past two years and I didn't see a single pothole or crack.

The electrical hook-ups appeared to be relatively new or in like-new condition. The bathrooms near our campsite were clean and the cleaning crew has a regular schedule for cleaning.

Above, one of two restroom buildings in Trailer Village. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Although the campsite we had was nicely paved, it still required the use of leveling blocks. The campground itself was on a slight upslope. I was surprised to see so many trees in Trailer Village and we had good shade at our campsite. There were so many trees that I didn't need to use the awning and they prevented me from putting up the flagpole. Oh, well.

Occasionally, elk will stroll in or near Trailer Village. We saw one bull elk about 50 yards from our campsite.

Above, "Mr. Elk" near our campsite. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Unless you are lucky to get an end campsite (as we were) with more room, the sites are somewhat close to each other.

Above, the Trailer Village check-in office. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Blue Line Shuttle has a stop at the main entrance to Trailer Village, which is nice and handy for going into Grand Canyon Village or transferring to other shuttle lines to visit viewpoints along the canyon rim.

Above, the shuttle stop at Trailer Village's entrance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If I go to Grand Canyon National Park again (as I probably eventually will), I would stay at Trailer Village again.

My grade: A.

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