Family Vacation: May 21 Monday - Grand Canyon

We had breakfast and checked out of our rooms. Fortunately, we didn't need to worry about our luggage. It was taken care of by the hotel and transported to the train station for our return trip at 4:00 p.m.

We meandered about for a while, trying to decide what to do. Next to the Shrine of the Ages, was the Grand Canyon Cemetery . We wandered through the cemetery looking at all the headstones and learning about the lives of the deceased. Old cemeteries are always fascinating. Then we went down to the train station for the rim tour.

We were going to take the rim tour that came with our package, but it had been for the day before. We really hadn't felt like hopping on a bus, right from the train. So a nice, but misinformed, person on the train told us "oh no problem, if you want to switch days, just show up. You will be accommodated." So, when we showed up for the rim tour the next day, it turned into a "you will have to wait and see who shows up, then maybe you can get on" attitude from the bus drivers, so we decided to skip it and take the free shuttle bus up to Hermits Rest.

We hopped off at different stops, taking pictures and then met up with my parents at Hermits Rest. After lunch, we got back on the bus and headed back down to the village.

Our train departed at 4:00 p.m. On the return trip, there was a wild west train robbery. There was a young boy on the train sponsored by Make a Wish Foundation.

His wish was to be a train robber, so he joined up with the gang and robbed the passengers.

We were saved by the Marshall just in time.

We arrived back in Williams around 6:30, checked back in to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, then went to dinner at Max and Thelma's. While my folks rested in their room, Father, James and I went to the game room and played Ms. Pacman, Galaga and Hockey. I bought a few souvenirs from the gift shop, then it was time to turn in for the night.

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