After staying at the Ranch for 5 days, Joe actually said he would like to stay longer!! Which I have never heard him say!
From several friends we had heard how wonderful the Grand Canyon Railway was, so we were really looking forward to this (at least I was!). The tickets seemed a little pricey- so we just did the coach class. They do have really fancy cars that have more comfortable seats, food, drinks, etc. I can't attest to the differences in the cars, but we were quite comfortable in the coach car.
In our car there was an attendant that was just wonderful! Her name is Amber Rose- and I know what you are thinking! It is not the slutty one that dated Kanye! She was a wonderfully kind and hilarious woman who somehow made us all laugh and have a great time! There were two different musicians who played in our car. Also there was a staged robbery by some cowboys!
|Amber Rose with Claire and Brooke aboard the Grand Canyon Railway|
The Grand Canyon Railway also does a Christmas themed "Polar Express" trip. We didn't go on that one but saw a lot of families headed in with the jammies on.
The Grand Canyon
Once we got off the train we were at the train station.
At the Grand Canyon South Rim, there is a series of shuttles that will take you all around so you don't have to have a car there. The shuttles run every 15 minutes so whatever time you need to go somewhere, the shuttle is very convenient.
We decided to have lunch up at the
Bright Angel Lodge. We ate at the El Tovar Dining Room. I was disappointed with my beef stew filled bread bowl. My husband and I both thought it was Dinty Moore beef stew!
The kids really enjoyed the canyon! It was funny to see their different reactions. Jordan and Brooke were both terrified of falling in! Even with the railing they were very hesitant to get anywhere close to the edge. Claire loved it and wanted a picture in every location!