Warren & Emily SwanTrips → 1987

This trip introduced a new idea: traveling with more than one child.  We now had Heidi with us as we headed Southwest to visit the Grand Caņon.  By this time we had bought a much nicer large tent, a Eureka that was very easy to put up.  And we stayed the first night in Eureka, Missouri. 
Olive & Heidi at Petrified Forest A couple of days later we were at the Painted Desert, and then Petrified Forest.  →

That evening we had our tent set up at the Mather Campground at the Grand Caņon’s South Rim.  The next morning, when we woke up with snow all over the tent, we were told by the locals that temperatures were running a good 20 degrees below what they should be at this time of year.

The girls loved taking the buses to the various parts of the park where visitor cars are not allowed.  We got a lot of hiking in along the rim.  In fact we even had to take time out one day to drive all the way back down to Flagstaff to purchase a second child-carrier back-pack.

Grand Caņon from Mather Point ← This picture was taken from Mather Point on one of our many hikes along the caņon rim. 

We drove East to Desert View, then stopped at various overlooks on the way back.  One evening we took the buses to watch the beautiful sunset from Hopi Point.

We hiked a ways down into the caņon.  The hike back up is bad enough, but harder when you have two children to carry.  Olive hiked some of the way by herself.

View from Bright Angel Trail This view is from Bright Angel Trail.  →

Leaving the South Rim of the Grand Caņon after a 1 week stay, we headed North into Utah’s beautiful National Park area.  We found Zion Park to have some fascinating formations, but a bit too much traffic to enjoy as much as we’d have like to.

So we camped at Bryce Caņon, the hoodoo capital of the U.S.  These are strange rock formations caused by erosion.

Sunset Point at Bryce Caņon ← Having had some strenuous hikes at Grand Caņon, we stuck to mainly the rim hikes at Bryce, but enjoyed many scenes like this one at Sunset Point. 

Next we visited Capitol Reef National Park.  This park is not as well known as many other National Parks.  But we found it a great place to take short hikes.  Or longer hikes if you wished.

Grand Wash This view is near the beginning of the trail up the Grand Wash.  →

This is a great place for anyone interested in the lapidary art.  All kinds of rocks and minerals can be found in a wash.

Each time we’d get to a bend in the wash trail we thought we’d like to see what was around the next bend.  And so on.  But it was worth it.

We used the Ghost Towns book we’d bought at Bryce to try and locate some Utah Ghost Towns.  We did locate some near Helper, Utah.  Most of a day was spent in visiting these dole places.

We visited Arches National Park, but didn’t spend as much time here as we could have.  However, it was enough to show us how God can use erosion to create beauty.

We wasted time in Colorado trying to find some ghost towns.  No one seemed to know where any of them were.  Or if they did know they weren’t telling.

We ate supper at Casa Bonita in Denver, before heading home.  We got off of the interstates and took US-36 East.  An interesting side excursion in Kansas was to visit the marker that indicated the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states, near Lebanon.  We also visited the Cottonwood Inn, station #6 on the Pony Express.

Our last camp-out night was at Walnut Grove near St. Joseph, Missouri.  We spent a little time at Lincoln’s New Salem in Illinois before heading home.

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