Grand Canyon – South Rim

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We just got back from the Grand Canyon – South Rim hoping to get some great storm cloudy pix.  It’s difficult if not impossible to schedule a trip around a storm, as getting reservations at the Canyon can be it’s own difficult task.  But we managed to get last minute reservations in one of their old ‘rustic’ cabins.

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A storm was predicted for the days we were there… but today’s weather forecasters are often wrong.  Furthermore, it’s hard to say if upon a storm one will get awesome clouds and interesting sky, or complete whiteout and washed out gray skies.

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The afternoon we arrived brought snow almost immediately.  The next day we were socked in and you couldn’t see the Canyon over the edge…. so I was glad I got the shots I did when I did.

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The day it snowed all day, we had hoped to get to see Hermit’s Rest, a Mary Colter building 7 miles off the main Grand Canyon loop.  Unfortunately, the road was closed due to all the snow we were having.  We got about 8″ in the day we were there.

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Going to the Grand Canyon is like touring the world…. people of all nationalities wander with you taking in the magnificent sights of the ‘big ditch’…. even in the snowy winter.

While we were out driving in the snow, we passed no less than 3 tow trucks towing multiple cars that had careened off the ice.  It was like a ice rink with rental cars as bumper cars, skidding into trees and into each other, many of whom had no doubt never before seen snow.  Roads were blocked with tow trucks clearing the way, making it impassable everywhere.


We found these elk watching the traffic go by… munching the afternoon away after a short clearing.


Check out my pix … here…. of Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower.






Harvey Girls

Have you heard of the Harvey Girls? marie story teller_Ssi They are a part of our history.  Back in the late 1800’s when the railroads were growing and people from the East coast were moving West, train stops were pretty rough and uninviting.  Good food was literally road kill, or re-cycled stews (if you didn’t eat it, it went back in the pot).  Fred Harvey had a better idea.  With the railroads help, he built ‘Harvey Houses’ along the railway.  Harvey Houses were at rail stops along the way offering places to stay and decent food with actual linen napkins and white tablecloths.  Men proved unreliable to come to work at the Harvey Houses.  They would get in brawls or liquored up.  So the idea of using women (unheard of in the day) to serve the guests was born, and they were dubbed the Harvey Girls. La Posada, in Winslow, AZ, was an original Harvey House built in 1930. It sits as a train depot for the now BSF train.  It has been refurbished and today operates as a first rate restaurant, hotel, and living museum.  We took the opportunity partake in a unique opportunity and take a Harvey Girls tour. la pos gates_Ssi The Harvey Girls is a group of volunteers committed to preserving the history of La Posada, Fred Harvey, Mary Colter, and the Harvey Girls. marie teller_Ssi Marie, our host, was the daughter of a Harvey Girl, and an entertaining story teller for our fascinating and informative tour.  Not only did we learn more about Harvey Girls and their history than we had previously known… but also got to see a lot of the architectural details of La Posada that we would not have otherwise had the opportunity.  If you’re ever in Winslow… call ahead.  Make an appointment for a Harvey Girls tour… and stay for a historic tour and a fine meal. mike compass_Ssi  lp bar_Ssi