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  •  Sad to say that the average time spent at the... (1+ / 0-)
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    Grand Canyon by tourists is 4 hours.

    My wife and I have been there a couple of times and have to say that to really appreciate the experience, one must hike down, or take the Mule ride down the canyon to witness it's true splendor and beauty (looking up to the rim is unbelievable).  If you can, take the overnight Mule ride down to the Phantom Ranch and spend the night.  If not, at least take the 3/4 day trip down by Mule.

    Thank you for this diary an the amazing pictures.

    "Don't Let Your Mouth Write A Check, That Your Butt Can't Cash."

    by LamontCranston on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 02:05:50 PM PDT

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      and you're right about the 4 hours. But here's something else about that visit. Most of the time is actually spent either shopping, eating or bathroom breaks, and roughly 35 to 40 is spent viewing the canyon. Go figure! You have THE Natural Wonder on the planet and some people don't use their time gawking. Oh, lots of folks feed the rats-with-tails, the rock squirrels, and it's as though they have never seen so-called wildlife. Honest to blog! Of course, the signs say don't feed the animals, but it doesn't matter. The best part is when someone gets bit. Squirrels bite rather deeply, down to the bone, and in flash. They are not to be trifled with. I don't blame the squirrels, either. Now. . .about mule rides. Let me put it this way: you have to be mighty courageous to take those trips! It's scary. Very safe and all that, but oh my, that's a hard-ass trip (no pun intended) down and up. I love riding mules even better than horses. But I do that on level ground. I don't have the courage to ride in or out of a canyon. Sounds like you do, though. My hats off to you for such an accomplishment. (By the way,. people who go to the ranch tend to love the adventure AFTER they come out. I think some of them are too chafed to admit it below. HA! Thanks for posting your comment, LamontCranston (sounds like someone I once knew from a TV program, right?).

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      by richholtzin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 03:25:28 PM PDT

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