Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Experience

Our hotel had a free shuttle bus transporting people to and from the Grand Canyon every thirty minutes. After talking to the hotel clerk we learned that there should still be many free parking spaces at Grand Canyon. We decided to drive there since we had bought the pass for our car last night when driving to our hotel, and it’s valid for six days, on top of that, we could avoid the bus waiting time.

After eating breakfast, we packed and left for Grand Canyon. Indeed, there were ample parking spaces. We walked to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to catch the Blue line shuttle that connected to the Red line shuttle.

When we got off the shuttle at our first observation point called Trailview Overlook at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, our first sights of the magnificent scale of the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking view were very overpowering. That’s why it’s called “Grand”, I thought, no other name would suit a place like it. It reminded me of just how tiny and fragile I was, relative to my place in the universe, and the inexorable power of nature and time.

Grand Canyon seen from the Trailview Overlook

Grand Canyon seen from the Trailview Overlook

Grand Canyon seen from Maricopa Point

Grand Canyon seen from Maricopa Point

Grand Canyon seen from Powell Point

Grand Canyon seen from Powell Point

Grand Canyon seen from Hopi Point and a peek of Colorado River

Grand Canyon seen from Hopi Point and a peek of Colorado River

A better and closer view of Colorado River in Grand Canyon from The Abyss

A better and closer view of Colorado River in Grand Canyon from The Abyss

We took a little break at the last stop, refilled our water bottles with free running cold and refreshing Spring water. Then rode the Express Red shuttle to the Red line and Blue line buses connection site. From there, we walked along the trail, bought some food for the kids to eat, and arrived at the Hopi House, where we watched a short performance by the Native Americans. Then we walked toward a Blue line bus stop and rode the air conditioned bus back to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. We regrouped and decided to catch the Orange East and West buses to see the rest of the South Rim.

We left Grand Canyon around 5:30 pm. Our next destination was Kingman. We arrived there around 8 pm and were hungry for more In-N-Out Burger.

Our hotel was located on Route 66, the famous historic highway that linked between Chicago and Los Angeles, also known as the “Mother Road” or “The Main Street of America”. We were proud to have driven on this “road to opportunity” and be part of the history.

Route 66 sign

Route 66 sign

We were expecting a typical cookie-cutter chain hotel. But we were in for a little pleasant surprise. It was unique as it maintained the charm and character of an independent hotel with its focus on Route 66 history. Also there’s a swimming pool that opened until 11 pm, which we were too tired to take advantage of.

After checking in, we walked to our room. We saw a plaque on the top of the door indicating singer and songwriter Charlie Ryan slept here.

Charlie Ryan plaque

Charlie Ryan plaque

And on the inside of the door, there were Hot Rod Lincoln’s picture, Charlie Ryan’s picture and his record in frames.

Charlie Ryan and his record

Charlie Ryan and his record, and the Hot Rod Lincoln

We weren’t familiar with this artist. After googling, we found some info on wiki. We were pleased to learn that his life lasted ninety-three years. Hopefully, staying at the room that he had slept would bring us luck and longevity. I also listened to his record. I liked it but wasn’t so crazy about it as I did with The Beatles, The Eagles, and Elvis Presley’s records.

The room wasn’t fancy but very clean with many pillows and it had a fridge, microwave, and most impotently a working air conditioner. I felt the place was well taken care of. Everyone got his/her own signon info for free Wi-Fi access and the speed was fast, to my surprise again.

Financial Implications of the Day: Would’ve Cost: $165.03, Actual Cost: $56.03

  • We spent $10 to buy four big muffins in the hotel as breakfast because this hotel didn’t provide free breakfast.
  • Service center food for lunch (2 turkey sandwiches, 1 hot dog and 1 vanilla ice-cream cone): $15
  • Circle K drinks: $5
  • In-N-Out Burger in Kingman for dinner: $26.03
  • Hotel in Kingman with free Wi-Fi and breakfast: $109, cost us 0

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