Sunday, April 8, 2007

Day Six Vacation - Wednesday, April 4, 2007

We left Tucson today. Boo, hoo! It's hard to leave such fabulous weather!

We're headed north for Williams, Arizona which is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. I hear the weather is quite a bit cooler there. We'll soon find out! We're staying at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park for 3 nights. Thursday we will be taking the train from there up to the Grand Canyon for the day and then riding the train back in the evening. I'm really excited about it. I think it will be great fun.

We did have to stop in Camp Verde to pick up some bumpers for Lynn. Not a big deal.

I got the job of playing navigator for the driving part of this trip. Which isn't a problem for me. I was bit nervous about driving through Phoenix, but it wasn't really a big deal. The city is kind of neat. The overpasses are decorated with stone art and are really quite beautiful! We left Tucson about 10:00 a.m. and arrived in Williams about 3:00 p.m.

Gary noticed that the tires on the motorhome were really low, in fact, the inside tires were practically flat. We looked all over Williams to find someone that had the right kind of air hose to fill those inside tires. We found someone at the 76 Station. The old man wanted to know where we got our gas and proceeded to lecture him about the rich tourists coming in and not spending their money here in Williams. He gave Gary such a hard time about where he bought his gas, but we REALLY needed air so Gary tolerated it. He told Gary if he topped off the gas tank, he would let him use the air and help us out. Well, the old man squeezed about $20 more dollars into our tank and when he finished, told Gary to bring the motorhome over in the morning and they'd take care of the tires because he was going home for the day. Gary was livid! We went back to the RV park check-in office to ask them where to get air. They told us the 76 Station and I proceeded to tell the story of what just happened to us. Then they directed us elsewhere and finally, after about 2 hours of goofing around trying to find air, we finally found a tire shop that let Gary use their air hose. The guy didn't offer any help whatsoever, in fact, he sat in a lawn chair and watched! But at least we got the air that we desperately needed. I don't have anything nice to say about the people in Williams, Arizona. They certainly didn't want to help any tourists out, that's for sure! It sure doesn't make me want to come back here anytime real soon! We finally got settled into our site about 6:00 p.m.! Three hours screwing around trying to find air for some tires!

Well, onto better things. One bright side is that the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is quite nice. I think it is relatively new, too. It has showers, laundry facilities, you can use the pool and hot tub at the hotel, shuttle service, etc... The people working at the RV Park, at least are pleasant and helpful, so it isn't all bad, so far.

We called Jason after dinner to wish him a happy birthday. Can't believe he's 22 already! I was actually surprised that he answered the phone. He said he wasn't going out tonight because he wasn't feeling too good. There were a lot of colds and stuff going around campus and he was just going to stay in.

The weather is definitely cooler here. It really cooled off in the evening. I think it had to be in the mid to upper 30's. But it was nice when we arrived at 3:00 p.m. Hopefully, it will be nice tomorrow for our trip to the Canyon.

Until next time...