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Grand Canyon

While walking along one of the canyon trails, Mom asks Dad if he's got his allergy medication in case he gets stung by another bee. Knowing her husband as well as she does, yes was not an acceptable answer and she asked where it is. In the car was a very bad answer. The car's thirty minutes away if the shuttle is at the stop and you can catch it before it leaves.
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You can see the North Rim pictures here and the South Rim here.

Stopping for the night in Williams, Arizona proved to be fortuitous as the next morning was the best sights we've seen during the entire trip in Mom's opinion!
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Bryce Canyon

Our uneventful day full of sightseeing and hiking through the Zion Canyon Park drew to a close in the late afternoon and we decided not to repeat the Golden Hills Restaurant dining experience by trying to find a motel closer to Bryce Canyon. We stop in Hatch, Utah at The Riverside Inn, a AAA rated motel, to find they have only one room available. The owner digs out his phone book and gives us several decent motels in the area we can call, even loaning us his phone to call them. How many motels have you ever stopped at would do that for you? If I'm ever back in that area, that's the first place I'll be trying to stay. After checking into the Mountain Harvest Motel for the night, we head back to the Riverside Inn where they also run the Cactus Cowboy Restaurant. We walk into the restaurant to see several cardboard cutouts of famous cowboys: Roy Rogers with Dale Evans, John Wayne, Gene Autrey, and Tex Ritter. The tables all have baseball-like movie cards under the glass top with cowboy movies like High Noon with Gary Cooper and Belle Starr with Randolph Scott. I end up ordering the first Bison Burger I've ever had which turns out to be very good.
The motel was comfortable and we all got a decent night sleep after making a joke of checking both of our alarm clocks to see that they were not set to go off at a before the sun wakes up time of the early AM morning.
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More pictures of Bryce Canyon can be seen here.

Realizing that we're going to pass by the Mountain Harvest Motel where we stayed last night in order to get to the Grand Canyon North Rim, we call them up to see if we can get the rooms we had last night. Yes we can but the price she quotes us is much higher than what we paid yesterday! "Why?" you ask. It seems that Lisa, who knew we were calling from the Riverside Inn gave us the rooms for the same price that the Riverside charges. You'd think that they'd be happy to fill the rooms instead of having them left vaant for the night but, no, they were going to be talking to her about this and would we like the rooms or not. No thanks.

We went into Panguitch and stayed the night there. Mountain Harvest will not be getting any repeat business from us. Do you think we're being unreasonable? We weren't expecting to find a motel before Panguitch anyway, just happening to luck into the Riverside Inn who directed us to Mountain Harvest Motel.
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Zion Canyon

An uneventful and fun trip through the spectacular Zion Canyon. They have 9 shuttle stops and I hit every one of them in the day and a half we spent here. I didn't take any of the longer 5+ mile hikes but did take many of the smaller ones. We rode the shuttle up to the last stop and worked our way back to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center where we'd left the car.
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The rest of my Zion Canyon pictures are here
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My first two days back at work came complete with 5 hours of overtime, not leaving much time to add pictures to my LJ Scrapbook but here's the pictures and story I've gotten to so far.
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I've got 68 pictures of Zion Canyon and 28 pictures of Bryce Canyon uploaded and will post about them tomorrow, er, later today!