Thanksgiving Vacation Part 2: Grand Canyon/Sunset Crater

The day after Thanksgiving we decided to go see the Grand Canyon.  Flagstaff, AZ is a little over an hour from the Canyon.  My wife, brother-in-law and all of the kids had never seen the Canyon.  Those of us that had seen it played up the awe inspiring beauty that everybody would get to see.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.  The day was cold and snowy.  There wasn’t a lot of snow, it was mostly flurries of tiny flakes.  For people from San Diego though, even a tiny bit of snow is a giant storm.

We were unable to see much of the canyon.  In fact, most of the time there was clouds or snow obscuring the far side.  All this means is some day we will have to go back to see it better.  When I was 16 I hiked the canyon with my dad and uncle and I hope to bring my boys with me to hike it in the future.

 

On the way back to Flagstaff we made a quick stop at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  It is an extinct volcano that left a large amount of lava rock on the ground.  There is a hiking trail through a lava flow.  Due to the lateness of the day and the cold we basically only drove through and took a quick look.

 

-Joshua

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