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Except for the first mule, the scenery never changes.
I couldn't even get my wife to walk across a suspension bridge.

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Except for the first mule, the scenery never changes.
I couldn't even get my wife to walk across a suspension bridge.
Your wife and I would get along famously.
Living in N. AZ, I've had the pleasure of visiting the canyon several times. I can see all I need to see standing 30' from the edge.
I will NOT take this walk.Grand Canyon mule ride-img_7392.jpg
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There is a glass walkway over a street in Chattanooga, TN. Wife didn't care for it. We hiked Mt. Le Conte in the Smokies several years ago. My son and I ate lunch near the edge of a cliff. My wife ate her lunch about 50 feet behind us on solid rock.
So you have to pay for the Skyway??? Safer than flying in one of the air tours over the canyon. I found a book at the library about mysteries, accidents, etc. in the canyon. Interesting. One was where several people watched, in horror, as two aircraft collided over the canyon. The book was by a former ranger in GCNP. I'll get the title if interested.
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Before they nearly eliminated those aerial tours, the locals had a slogan. "Come see the Grand Canyon....before it fills up"

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Awesome thread, brings back a ton of memories!

We went to the Canyon years ago for our Anniversary, was a fantastic time. I wanted to do the mule ride, but I just can't seem to get under the 'fully dressed' weight limit of 200lbs. (without my boots on I was close...) My bride however, was not interested in the mule ride at all, so I guess it worked out. Watching the teams head down from the rim to the ranch in the bottom was impressive, and maybe I might have changed my mind as well after seeing that.

We did take the Grand Canyon Railroad in, and that was a blast. https://www.thetrain.com/ It's changed ownership a time or two since then, but I still hear it's a fun way to get to the park.

We went in March, there was nobody there. There was still a lot of snow around in spots, but it was cool and comfortable for long walks along the rim. It is one of those places that photographs have a hard time doing justice. The scope of it is so big, that unless you have something in the foreground to give you a scale it loses it's stature. If you can get there, you owe it to yourself to go. The amazing part is that you can get right up to the rim if you want in most places, only the observation areas have handrails or barriers.

Definitely worth a trip.
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Been there, done that! Spectacular scenery. My stirrups were one notch too short. By the time we got to Phantom Ranch, the blisters I had on each butt-cheek had burst. Then I got to ride back up the next morning . . . . Still, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Doug, I see you stopped in Sedona on the way up. Spend much time there?

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How did the Grand Canyon come into being? A Scottish immigrant dropped a nickel down a gopher hole. j/k
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Doug, I see you stopped in Sedona on the way up. Spend much time there?
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We only spent a day in Sedona. We left Williams early in the morning, and I had a fantastic drive down through Oak Creek Canyon. I am sure glad I don't have to drive that road in the wintertime!

We got to Sedona and explored a bit, and ended up at the Museum. There was only us an another couple there, and a kind old Gentleman gave us the grand tour of the museum and grounds. He had a lot of stories about the history of the town from the founding, through the motion picture days, and the like. He was a polished storyteller, I could have listened to him for hours. He also gave us a list of places we had to visit while in town, and then sent us up to the airfield to make sure we got the best view of the area.

We had a nice lunch, explored some more, then made it back to Phoenix for our flight home late that night. It was a beautiful day.
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