Desert Weather + a Short Stop at the Grand Canyon

Weather whiplash… that is what we have experienced that last week. Arriving in Las Vegas the weather fluctuated from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 37 degrees, hot and sunny to sudden downpours, and the winds were utterly unpredictable. The Nevada desert sure is temperamental.

The weather didn’t stop us from enjoying our time, and time… it went by too quickly. After heading straight to Timaree, Nels, and Addison’s house we all headed out together to catch the very last Game of Thrones fountain show at the Bellagio, after we grabbed some cookie dough and ice cream at Doughp, warning the colors do dye your mouth, but it doesn’t change the fantastic flavor. It’s worth a black mouth if you have a sweet tooth.

We only had one week in Vegas, but it was a week filled with GoT Premieres on the big screen, movie nights, kite flying, before we knew it, it was time for us to head back to Idaho.

Driving back to Idaho we decided to take a detour to the Grand Canyon National Park and camp one night. It was no surprise that all the campgrounds in the National Park were full. After doing some exploring, we weren’t able to hike this trip with the pups and all.

FYI: Grand Canyon does have a Kennel for dogs and cats. They offer day sitting and overnight with proof of current vaccinations 928-638-0534.

We did notice a lot of trash at every pull out we stopped at. Which made me very sad. We are always trying to be as eco-friendly as possible and to leave the smallest footprint we can (more on this later), knowing that travel is a culprit itself, we do all that we can to limit our impact on this world. So, it doesn’t make sense to us that anyone can just leave their trash alongside the road, especially in a National Park of all places… leave no trace is not something that many visitors to Grand Canyon seem to take seriously.

Before it started to get dark, we headed past Desert View and into Kabib National Forest. We found a beautiful campsite down a Forest Service Road and set up camp.

This year we decided to get a new tent for camping (and when we aren’t in the 5th wheel). We ended up purchasing WAWONA 6 from The North Face. It was quick and easy to set up and take down. It fits our queen sized blow up mattress with room to spare. I’m picky about where I sleep, but luckily with our Kodiak, I can have an excellent air mattress and not have to sleep on the rocky ground.

It’s good to be back in Idaho at our temporary home base for the time being, but we do have our 15th anniversary and my 33rd birthday coming up and while we don’t have any big plans yet….