Saturday, March 21, 2015

Williams, Arizona - Gateway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

On October the 10th it was a leisurely 420 mile drive from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Williams, Arizona. Leisurely from the standpoint that the drive was all on major interstate highways. Interstate-25 the 60 miles from Santa Fe to Albuquerque where we picked up Interstate-40 west for the remaining 360 miles to Williams. I just ran the speedometer up to 60 MPH and put it on auto-pilot. Boring!


A boring drive with the anticipation of a special day and one we had been looking forward to for a couple of months. Our destination was the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park where our daughters would meet up with us after they drove 216 miles from Las Vegas. We hadn’t seen them since May when they flew into Miami for a visit while we took in Key West, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. Missing the kids, yes we were, and they arrived in Williams a couple hours after us. For joy!

We had a night on the town in Williams just catching up. Williams pretty much is a western town where the main part of town is on two streets. Up and around the corner and back! Plenty of souvenir shops intermixed with decent restaurants and cocktail arenas. Fun-Fun!

The next morning caught us up early and driving the Jeep the 65 miles to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It had been about 30 years since we had been to the south rim. The Parks Department has done an excellent job managing the growth for maximum tourist visitation. It was a beautiful day. We took some pictures and after a couple hours took the eastern ride back down the hill to Flagstaff, Arizona. To maximize the day of adventure we drove on south to the Sedona, Arizona where we lunched at The Cowboy Club. Sedona was crowded and after lunch we drove on to Jerome, Arizona. By the time we got back to Williams it was a very long day.


The girls headed back to Vegas and we were content know we would see them again in a little over a month when we returned to the Vegas area.

Before our departure from Williams we drove the 30 miles back to Flagstaff, Arizona to some sightseeing. Flagstaff is the home of Northern Arizona University which is right on the edge of the downtown area. Plenty of restaurants and shops. We enjoyed the Visitors Information Office which is right inside the train station. The railroad man told me that 82 trains pass through the station every day, and a couple came through while we were there. Like a little kid - I was amazed!

Early to bed as our destination the next day will be Congress, Arizona. A very small community about 15 miles north of a small community, Wickenburg, Arizona. Congress, Arizona is home of the Escapee RV Club park “North Ranch”, and it will be the tenth club RV Park we have stayed in during 2014.


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