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Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim
The GRAND CANYON is amazing. You can see it from space. But I'm amazed a lot of people living here have never seen it from Earth - up close. Here's your chance. We'll be staying one mile from the South Rim and, are you ready for something a little different? Yes, we will be camping, but you can also choose to stay in a cabin. So if you don't like sleeping in a tent, this is the trip for you. PRIVATE LOCATION: This is a unique opportunity: I've reserved a cabin for 3 nights -- our location is very private. Usually at the Grand Canyon, you're in a bland hotel or a crowded campground. But we have this entire property all to ourselves. And yet we're only a mile from the rim of the Canyon. Our location allows us to explore the whole area. Take a look at the photos of the place. Awesome, isn't it? Its sort of like going back to the past; this is a pioneer cabin from the 1890's -- it looks like it could be in a Western movie. But its been updated with a fridge and stove and the property has bathrooms and a shower room. We did this trip last year -- it was incredible. The only thing I would have changed was: it was Memorial Day so it was a little warm and a little crowded. So this time, we're going earlier in May. Problem solved. This is the PERFECT time to go. We'll use the cabin as a base to explore the whole area. We'll spend some quality time at the Canyon. There will be hikes. (We will NOT be doing the Rim to Rim hike. It's not that kind of trip.) We'll watch the Sunset over the Canyon. Hell, we're so close I'm thinking it might be cool to get up early one morning and walk through the woods in the dark and watch the Sun RISE over the Canyon too. Nearby is a small lake that's supposed to be a great place for evening wildlife viewing; deer, antelope and javelina (wild desert pigs) hang out there. We'll also be doing some road trippin' in the area. HORSESHOE BEND. MAYBE Antelope Canyon. Details to come. : READ RSVP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW : Most attendees on past trips are in the 25-40 age range. CABIN or CAMPING So you have a choice: We have the cabin and we'll also be tent camping on the property. The cabin has limited space -- there is bed space for only 8 people. The first people to complete the process (RSVP w/email address, respond to survey, and pay) get first shot at the spaces in the cabin. (You can, of course, choose tent camping if you wish). You specify your preference in your reply to my survey. COST for 3 nights: Camping: $110 per person / Cabin: $195 per person DON'T WAIT until the last minute: the fee will go up by $25/ Camping and $50/Cabin on April 9 - one month before the trip. Two large tents are available for use, or bring your own tent. Cups, plates, utensils are supplied. Cooking gear, including pots, skillets, 3 stoves, etc are also available for you to use. You supply your own food (mostly) but I will cook up dinner one night and one morning I'll make my famous blueberry pancakes CAMPFIRE TIME: HANGING OUT When night falls, we'll eat and drink, and hang around the cabin fireplace or the outside fire ring. Maybe play games, tell stories, get to know each other. For some, this is their favorite part of the trip. GETTING THERE Leave on Thur or early Fri morning. Carpooling is required - you coordinate thru a carpool tool I link to. You split gas cost and the $30 park entrance fees (though a lot of people have the Parks Pass, which makes the entrance free.) RSVP INSTRUCTIONS I want to make sure you're prepared will be ready to go. So once you RSVP I'll email you a short survey/questions which you need to return to me (So don't forget to give me your email address when you RSVP.) And you won't officially be on the trip until you're confirmed and pay. There will be people going from different Meetup groups so the RSVP's you see here show you an incomplete picture. Remember, as always: No Dogs, No Kids and No Bad Attitudes.