Today started off to a leisurely pace, which was lovely. We enjoyed (well, we ate) the hotel breakfast before heading off to the Grand Canyon. The scenery was gorgeous, but it was cold outside! I never associated Arizona with cold weather, but it is rather chilly here. By the time we got to the Grand Canyon, it was in the 40s! Paolo prefers to be nakie, so you can imagine how he felt about being all bundled up. But we got a smile out of him. I think he was just so happy to be outside and not in the car.
We stopped for lunch at a little town just south of the Grand Canyon National Park. Giuseppe wanted a steak since we are in the Far West. (Which can only be said if it is followed with a little Western-sounding theme song; you know the one when the bad guys face the good guys in a crowded parlor.) There were a few a funny things at this restaurant:
No firearms allowed in by order of the Sheriff! Really? People have to be told where they can and cannot bring their personal firearms? And if that wasn’t strange enough, the first thing I saw on the menu was an appetizer of RATTLESNAKE meat? People eat that? I suggested we order it just to see what it looks like, but Giuseppe wasn’t up to spend the extra money for that. And no, I am not brave enough to try snake meat. I draw the line at escargot.
The Grand Canyon was more beautiful than I remembered. It wasn’t sunny, which was a bummer, but it was breathtaking.
Oh, and we saw elk! I thought Giuseppe was going to pee his pants, he was so excited.
Again, I never really associate Arizona with cold weather, but the drive to Flagstaff was beautiful and snowy. Snowy Arizona. We had to stop and get out warmer clothes. From our backpack on top of the SUV. It was totally worth the hassle. My Uggs have never felt so great.
So, once we got to Flagstaff, we stayed in and ordered room service. I mean, there is snow outside. Reason enough to stay in and snuggle with my chub-a-lub. Tomorrow: Santa Fe.