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DH decided that THIS was the year our kids would go on that great American pilgrimage and see The Grand Canyon. I told him that was fine, as long as I didn't have to spend a week listening to "are we THERE yet?" because that's about 1700 miles from where we live.

So DH came up with a plan. First, he watched the internet until he found four cheap tickets to Las Vegas. This would "get us into the neighborhood". We started off with three nights in Vegas showing kids one of the man-made wonders of the world - how much money people will spend on a little machine just to hear bells ring and see lights flash. (It's not to win money, else how would they pay for ALL OF THIS?). We saw a ship sink on land, a lion and dolphin habitat and went to two Cirque Du Soleil Shows. (Mystere and O). Kids were bug-eyed, as were we....

Then DH rented a Very Large SUV and we packed the bags and headed for Utah! We stopped at Zion National park and went hiking and horseback riding in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Then we moved on to Bryce Canyon (only 1,000 ft. shallower than the Grand Canyon). We rented horses and a cowboy and I rediscovered my need for prayer as we descended down the side of a VERY steep mountain. We saw trees that were over 2,000 years old.

From there we went on to the north side of the Grand Canyon and stayed in a rustic cabin at Jacob's Lake. Then on to Williams, Arizona where we took a 2-hour train trip through the desert to the Canyon. On the train we were serenaded by a singing cowboy and robbed by train robbers on horseback, and our car's bartender/tour guide told us stories about the land around us.

We saw the Canyon. Took the train back to Williams, Arizona...and drove back to Vegas.

One of the most amazing sites I've ever seen was coming over a hill from the pitch black desert and seeing the lights of Vegas below. You go from nothing to what looks like a billion candles, in an instant. Plus, we went past Hoover Dam. Wow!

We spent another two nights in Vegas at the MGM Grand, which has a flowing river swimming pool and nice frozen strawberry drinks. Then flew home.

I didn't hear so much as a SINGLE "are we there yet" the whole time.

Grand Canyon via Las Vegas. I recommend it. Best vacation ever.

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