Tuesday, October 11, 2011

day 6 - albuquerque to grand canyon

We planned to kick off day six with an early morning wake up call to see the morning glow and mass ascension at Albuquerque’s (apparently) world-famous Balloon Fiesta. Sadly the rain (highly unusual for the city) caused a cancellation of all of the day’s events. So we slept in a bit longer, moped a bit, said our farewells to Allison, and hit the road. We made another good-faith effort to stop at scenic overlooks/sites, but weren’t super successful. We ended up in the Canyon in time to do some hiking before finding a good sunset-viewing spot. 

Unfortunately the bad weather followed us from New Mexico, because it was raining, really windy, and COLD. Even with two pairs of pants, two long sleeve shirts, a light sweatshirt, and a rain jacket on, I was miserable. I can't imagine how the people in shorts were still hanging in there. I invested in a wool hat at a gift shop near our lodge, which might be the best $20 I’ve spent this entire trip. We really gave hiking a college try, even taking a few different buses to the recommended Hopi Point, but ended up calling it a day a bit early on account of the weather.  
day 6:
stayed at: Yavapai Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
ate at: McDonald’s in Albuquerque for breakfast (I was crankily hungry), Cracker Barrel in Flagstaff for lunch, and The Bright Angel Lodge Restaurant on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for dinner

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