Grand Canyon 1983


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Note: This travelog was written in 2018, so many details have long been forgotten since we took the trip. It is written from Debbie's perspective.

Tuesday, August 9, 1983: My mother and I were invited to be chaperones for a church high school youth group trip to the Southwest. The trip covered two weeks and many destinations, but this will only briefly cover the two days spent in the Grand Canyon.

We entered Arizona after camping and sightseeing in Utah, including Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. We stopped at the McDonald's in Page, Arizona, where we were greeted by a tarantula by the door. When Debbie returned to the Page McDonald's 34 years later, it had a different look.
When we arrived at the Grand Canyon, we set up camp in Mather Campground near the South Rim. That's my mom on the left.

Wednesday, August 10, 1983: The next morning, we set out to do some sightseeing. Here's Mather Point looking toward the west, ...
... and here it is looking toward northwest, ...
... and here it is looking toward the north. That canyon leading from the river to the North Rim is Phantom Canyon.
In the afternoon, we had free time to play in camp so here I am in a tree. Later in the evening, we all went to an auditorium in the Grand Canyon Village where recently-released "Return of the Jedi" was being shown. Having waited in a line that wrapped around the block in Honolulu several months earlier to see it, it was quite pleasant to walk in to a place the size of a large conference room just before the movie started with no waiting at all.

Thursday, August 11, 1983: The next day, some of the kids did a down-and-back hike to the river. The rest of us rode the park shuttle to different lookout points. In this photo, you can see the giant tent we brought along to camp in.
This was taken near Powell Point with Hopi Point on the left.
Here is Hopi Point.
These photos were taken east of the Lookout Studio looking down over the Bright Angel Trail, ....
... and toward the north east.

This was our last major stop on our trip and we spent the next couple of days driving back to Minnesota.

I was back in the Grand Canyon one year later.

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