Travel Day: Camp Verde, AZ To Grand Canyon, AZ

Posted by on April 1, 2013

We had planned to pull out of Krazy K RV Park about 11:00 am and ended up hitting the road at 10:33 am.  It was a smooth drive and we only had one semi-major uphill climb.  The scenery changed quite a bit along 138 mile drive…from the red rocks of the Sedona area to a more deserty area to areas with tall trees to areas with only ‘scrub brush’ trees (Michael’s term) to mountains with snow-caps.

'Scrub brush' trees

‘Scrub brush’ trees

Tall pines...

Tall pines…

Snow-capped mountains

Snow-capped mountains

We arrived at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village, checked in and were pulled into our site by about 1:20 pm.  However, the site was so unlevel and our level-up decided to be a problem child that we weren’t fully set up until nearly an hour later.  But we are now nestled into site 13 for the next week.

Grand Canyon Trailer Village - site 13

Grand Canyon Trailer Village – site 13

When we left Camp Verde this morning it was bright and sunny with temperature a gorgeous 72.  When we arrived at the Grand Canyon 3 hours and 138 miles north later the sun was still shining (not quite as brightly) but the temperature was down to 61 and it was quite windy.  We are prepared to cuddle under blankets, run the fireplace and electric heaters as the lows are in the high 20s and low 30s…Yikes!

There are quite a few sites open in the park around us although there have been several RVs arrive already since we got here so I’m sure it will continue to fill up.  There are quite a few rental RVs (CruiseAmerica, El Monte RV, RV 4 Rent).  We see them on the road every now and again but now this many at one time.

Our next door neighbor

Our next door neighbor

another across the way...

another across the way…

After getting the coach  & satellite dish set up we had a quick lunch (soup for me & chili for Michael) and then headed up to the visitor’s center to get our lay of the land.  While there we walked to Mather Point for our first views of the Grand Canyon…talk about beautiful!   We walked along the Rim Trail to the Yavapai Point & Geology Museum and then turned around and headed back.  We only walked about a mile and a half but it was really starting to getting chilly.

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The Grand Canyon in all it’s splendor!

Mather Point

Mather Point

Love this picture!

Love this picture!

Amazingly beautiful

Amazingly beautiful

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

The Rim Trail

The Rim Trail

Michael checking out the canyon model at Yavapai Point

Michael checking out the canyon model at Yavapai Point

As we were pulling back in the Trailer Village we passed a vehicle going in the opposite direction and Michael said he thought it looked like Howard & Linda Payne from RV Dreams.  He noticed that they turned around and when we pulled into our site they pulled in behind us!  It WAS Howard & Linda.  I’d messaged them via their blog and let them know that we were going to be here during the same time frame as them, where we’d be staying and that we were in a Landmark and that we’d love to meet them if they had time.  He chatted for a while and made semi-plans to have dinner later in the week.  They’ll be hiking down into the Canyon on Wednesday morning, spending the night (maybe 2) at the Phantom Ranch and then hiking back UP!  If possible, we’ll be at the top waiting to congratulate them when they arrive back at the rim.

Howard & Linda Payne

Howard & Linda Payne

Thankfully, we have a better internet connection (although it’s still slow) here than we did at our last stop…we couldn’t get connected at all.  The park had wi-fi though it was quite slow.

Heartland sightings today:

North Country – 1

Big Horn – 2

Cyclone – 1 pulled in behind us

4 Responses to Travel Day: Camp Verde, AZ To Grand Canyon, AZ

  1. Donna Rogers

    Say hello to Howard and Linda for us. They spent Thanksgiving with us and Jay & Stella at Rayford Crossing early in their “career” and we spent a week in Hillman MI a couple years back with them. Amazing RVers. We have an extended warranty through them and switched to Coach Net from Good Sam for road service due to their experience when their truck engine blew. Used the warranty down in the valley on a new awning motor. Worked great!

    • Kelly

      I will! I didn’t realize that you met then at the same time that Jay & Stella did.

  2. Jay Coffman

    I think it’s very cool that you hooked up with our friends Howard and Linda like this. Please tell them hello from us.

    • Kelly

      Jay – We already spoke of you and Stella and how you met at Rayford Crossing. I will surely tell them again that you said hello!

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