Day 19: Leave it as it is.

Arizona Day 2
Today was a full day of driving going from the outer reaches of Tucson to the Grand Canyon. Before we left Tucson Traveler Nell suggested we stop by the Airplane Graveyard as we only 4 minutes away.  Unfortunately the GPS led us to the front gate of Davis-Mothan Air Force Base. The heavily armed guard politely allowed us to hightail it out of there.

The scenery from Tucson to the Grand Canyon is amazing.  You start in high desert, descend to Phoenix and the all the cacti. Then you climb into the mountains and before you have a chance to take photo of a cactus you’re in the mountains!  Hopefully when we go by Joshua Tree I can get that photo I wanted.

Then it is up and down the mountains until you reach Arizona Rt 180 which is essentially flat and straight road for 40 miles or so and you are here.

When we decided to take this trip Traveler Nell set forth trying to get the best room available on at the park.  Well we got it.  A rim view cabin in Bright Angel Lodge.

Photos of the Day

One last look at Tucson
One last look at Tucson
Arizona High Desert Rest Area
Arizona High Desert Rest Area
Gentle Suggestions
Gentle Suggestions
Road side photo of Arizona.
Road side photo of Arizona.
The locals came out to greet us at the Grand Canyon
The locals came out to greet us at the Grand Canyon
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Traveler Nell and I arriving at the Bright Angel Lodge
The Chief enjoying his evening meal
The Chief enjoying his evening meal
Enjoying the view with our evening beverages, and each other's company
Enjoying the view with our evening beverages, and each other’s company

Today’s title refers to President Theodore Roosevelt’s quote about the Grand Canyon.

“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, and for all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American… should see.”

Road Trip Tally

April 17

  • Distance Today: 362.9 mi/584.3 km
  • Percentage of Day Driven by Traveler Nell: 0.0%
  • Total Distance: 4,201.5 mi/6,761.7 km
  • Percentage of Total Driven by Traveler Nell: 1.39%
  • Driving Time: 6:28 today/81:26 total

Gas Stats

  • No gas bought today

Food Budget $50/day

  • Today’s expenditures: $22
  • Today UNDER Budget: $28
  • Food expenditures to date: $949
  • Grand total UNDER budget: $1

Daily Expenditures (Food/Fuel)

  • UNDER Budget: $185.59