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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kevin Goes to the Grand Canyon

Kevin Rides the Rails to the
Rim of the Grand Canyon

When he goes to the Grand Canyon, Kevin carries his own backback.
Before boarding the train, Kevin saw a Wild West show.
With the shriek of a steam whistle, Kevin and Miss Janet left for the Grand Canyon by train.  We were sent off with a rousing cheer from cowboys and fancy ladies and, on the way back, we pretended to be scared when our car was boarded by train robbers

 Instead of long waits at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance in a camper or car, train passengers are delivered right to the rim of the awesome Grand Canyon.

 The train trip begins in Williams, Arizona, about 125 miles north of Phoenix.  Part of the fun is staying in the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel at the rail depot  in Williams before and after the trip .  We had a big Depot breakfast, then saw a free wild west show before boarding the train.  

 While we enjoyed the passing scenery, we nibbled at complimentary fruit, cheeses, crackers and beverages until the train arrived at the rim just before lunch time.  Within walking distance of the rails are restaurants, scenic overlooks , shopping at the historic Hopi House, a place where Indian artists lived in the old days and place to board the shuttle buses that take people around the park. .

 Shuttle buses make it easy to hop off and on, stopping throughout the park for a short hike,  photo op,  ice cream cone, a program presented by a park ranger.

Kevin Says:
 For more information: Go to, (800) THE-TRAIN.  Many options are available: three classes of rail cars, hotel add-ons in both Williams and in Grand Canyon National Park for one or more days, an RV package (leave the RV in Williams and ride the train) and much more. During winter holidays The Polar Express, based on the timeless movie,  rides these rails.

 Tipping: Have a few dollars ready for the “train robbers,” who are the same actors seen in the pre-train show. They’re cheerful hombres, willing to pose for your camera.

  Safety concerns: many edges of the Grand Canyon have no  rails. Maintain close watch on each other. Squirrels in the park can bite. Don’t feed or approach them. Carry plenty of water. Know your limits. Follow rules. Cell phones don’t work in many areas here. Rescue may be slow or unavailable.

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