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Old 07-23-2008, 02:18 PM   #41
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And finally, the Grand Canyon

...which is probably my favorite, although it's hard to compare. The last two are of the Desert View Watchtower. Great architecture.
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A California condor, which I understand just came off the endangered list.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:22 PM   #43
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I promise this is the last one!
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:28 PM   #44
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Wow, excellent, GoodSense! Unbelievably beautiful and the macro stuff is fantastic. What'd you shoot that dancing one with to catch the motion so well?
And your colors are just fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing, they are really incredible.
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Thanks, Sarah! I wish I were better at writing down where we went, people we met, etc. like your post. I guess I am just too lazy...

I have a little Canon SD750. Very versatile and not expensive at all. I only use maybe 1/4 of all its functions.

Traveling is great, isn't it?
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You did really well with your camera--it is funny, we used the little $100 Fuji camera a lot on this trip, just because it was easier to hand to a stranger and say please take our picture than my big contraption.
You should start keeping a travel journal, it doesn't have to be much, even just putting down the date, the place, and what you had for breakfast can help jog your memory of a trip, years later.
Tell us about the brilliantly painted motorcycle...did you meet the driver?
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Love the pictures ! This is really giving me the travel bug !
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Just out of curiosity, have any of y'all done the donkey ride down the side of the Grand Canyon? It's on my list of things to do before I die, but it's pretty far down. Mostly because I'm afraid I'll overbalance the poor little critter and we'll both plummet to our deaths. But I still want to do it

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Sarah, we never met the owner of the motorcycle, although I'm sure it would be an interesting story!

I haven't personally done the mule ride, but know people who have. Apparently it is ultrasafe and there have not been one single fatality from it (compared with the fact that over 600 deaths have been recorded at the GC out of exhaustion, accidents, or suicide). Apparently mules are also much more comfortable than horses on mountain trails. The bulletin board at the Grand Canyon recommends making a reservation at least a year in advance, since it fills up quickly.

I wished we had hiked down to the bottom of the canyon. You need at least 2 days and a place to stay or camp at night. We didn't have that much time and advance planning. We went about 1/2 of the way down, which was still a lot but doable in a day.
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Super nice pix, GoodSense! Thanks for sharing with us!
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Just out of curiosity, have any of y'all done the donkey ride down the side of the Grand Canyon?
I always thought that would be fun, but I'm afraid at this point it ain't gonna being happening any time too soon.....they have a weight limit for the mules, and I reckon that I'd have to give that poor old mule a ride down on my back!

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EACH RIDER MUST NOT WEIGH MORE THAN 200 LBS. (91 kilograms) FULLY DRESSED. Yes, we do weigh everyone.
Each rider must be at least 4 feet, 7 inches (55 total inches or 1.38 meters) in height, regardless of previous riding experience. Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English. Each rider must be in good physical condition. Riders should not be afraid of heights or large animals. Rider cannot be pregnant.
I meet all the qualifications except that weight deal......maybe if I'd inhale a half tank of helium it would help.

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Many riders will experience a great deal of soreness after having been on mules in the Grand Canyon all day. It is suggested that you not plan heavy activities for the day after your mule ride.
So I guess they're trying to say that it would really be a pain to sit on your ass all day......and by "Preparations:" I believe they inadvertently left off the "H".
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LOL, Goonie, thanks for the info. Maybe I should do another thing on my list first - through hike the Appalachian Trail. I suspect I'll be under 200 lbs by the time I finish that.
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We just got back from Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We are already planning return trip there and also a seperate trip to Glacier for next summer. I have seen all of the places on the OPs list except Yosemite from a helicopter. Returning to see Yellowstone on the ground was superb.
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I did Yellowstone this year and Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND bad lands) -- two very different natural wonders. And the trip between the two? Outstanding!

From Yellowstone east to Cody Wyoming through the Absaroka Mtns, then to Little Big Horn and on to Roosevelt NP. TR Roosevelt doesn't have tall mountains, large meadows, or geysers -- but it has prairie dogs!!!

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From Yellowstone east to Cody Wyoming through the Absaroka Mtns, then to Little Big Horn and on to Roosevelt NP. TR Roosevelt doesn't have tall mountains, large meadows, or geysers -- but it has prairie dogs!!!

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You did stop at Pompei's Pillar didn't you?
Yes, quite a site. As a matter of fact the entire trip was just more than my camera could adequately capture.

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