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Trip, Continued
The Grand Canyon was one of splendor and grandiose, beyond anything I had seen before. Pictures do not do it justice, it is magnificent beyond belief. The one thing I saw in the "man made" part of the visitor's center was a cement circle in the middle of many tiles with decoration from native tribes, the inscription said, "Tribes Call The Canyon Home" with a hand print included in the circle. It was touching. Around that man-made area were large stone formations. They were like thrones for giants. There were many visitors that day, I heard it wasn't so busy since it was overcast and rain threatened. I was glad for that weather forecast! It was so crowded, I didn't go into the visitor's center, but I did use the ladies restroom. The line was only about 12 deep for all the stalls. The restroom was clean, even though the toilets were not modern...seems there is no sewer service in the middle of the Grand Canyon! 

That night, we stayed in Arizona, at the border. The next day, we headed into CA, through the southern part of the state. We stopped in Fresno, CA for gas and a break at a park. It was obvious that irrigation was used, since there was green grass at the park where the local students played ball games. It was very hot, 106 degrees at about 7 PM. I saw to the south many wind turbines on the hills behind us. The hills were all brown...and nothing much grew on them. A wonderful place to put so many wind turbines! There were hundreds of them, on the peaks of the hills and in the foothills. All were turning in the wind. 

That night, we stayed in a roach motel...the room was OK...we snuck the dogs in and out again. The fridge in one corner of the room was sending out a lot of heat...I looked at it and saw the door was open and the entire inside freezer area was coated with inches of frost. I took two towels, put one inside the bottom of the fridge, one on the floor in front of the fridge and pulled the plug. I turned the AC on (they never turn the AC on for you) and we went out to find something to do for an hour or so. We found another park for the dogs to walk, but it was still hot. 

When we got back to the room, the fridge had defrosted (how could it not? it was soooo hot in that corner!). I cleaned up any water from the defrosted freezer, closed the door and plugged the fridge back in. During that process, I moved the fridge and a plethora of roaches came scurrying out from under the fridge. I did the Mexican Hat Dance again...as I did in Flagstaff, AZ when I cleaned out A's car in the morning before we left Flagstaff. 

We slept, ate breakfast (A normally goes to the provided breakfast at the motels, I don't). The way the motels store the food makes me uneasy. Cereal is in large dispensers, all available to insects. Fruit is not put into any kind of bins, but left in baskets for the night. If there are roaches on the rooms, there will be roaches in the food storage areas, too! Besides, there wasn't a decent cup of coffee in the whole southwestern area! While she had her breakfast, I would pack up the room and get things ready.

Some time beforehand, we had decided since she didn't know how to ready anything to travel, her job would be to put ice into the coolers for the days travel. I discovered her ability to do this also lacked in quality. She didn't seem to know how to close a zip lock bag and the ice melted into the cooler anyway! So, I always checked the bags (ice was double bagged) after she got the ice into the bags. She was insulted, but by this time, I didn't care about her feelings. Seemed she was completely ignorant of what she was doing most of the time and how it influenced my safety. 

Sneaking the dogs out of a motel room would be easy if they were both BB's size. I could carry him and easily conceal him. Angel was another matter. She was a mixed-breed Border Collie and weighed about 48#. We were careful and never got caught. But I was always so nervous when we were doing this. Especially concerned they had our (or my) debit card on file for extra fees to be added on later. 

We traveled north through CA that day, headed towards the Giant Sequoias. 

More later...
Hope you get back here soon!
Sunday, October 1, 2017 4:37 PM by Gem
These are like teasers to me..

Question: Have you heard from 'A' since your trip with her?!!
Just Testing..
Sunday, October 1, 2017 4:42 PM by Gem
Testing for color, etc., but already assuming that doesn't work...
[b][i][color=indigo][size=7] TEST [/b][/i][/color][/size]
Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:12 PM by ctw1949
Yes, I have heard from her and she has paid back all the $$$ she owed me. I thank her for that since I have little $$ to begin with and she used it all and more on the trip. We text only, I think that is what she will be, an email or text friend. I just don't see any future in taking the friendship any further. I will get back as soon as I can to finish the story. Sure do wish I could post pix from the trip on this blog!!!
Attention -- Cenb (Cricket)
Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:20 PM by Gem
Any possible way you can help Cynda out with putting photos in her blog?? Her email is ctw1949 with the usual Copper ending. I hope you can help her.
Good luck, Cynda!
I'll try
Monday, October 2, 2017 12:03 AM by cenb
In the tool bar of the blog page are two yellow squares with mountains and sun in them. Click on the right square. On the page that comes up, the second line from the bottom, click "choose file". Select the photo you want to upload and then click "upload". When the photo is done uploading it will appear in the image gallery. Click on the desired image from the gallery, it should appear in the preview box in the top right. Click on "insert" and the photo should appear on the blog page. Two notes: 1)the photo should be compressed for ease of reading for those with dial-up 2)photos do not always appear in the blog, at least for me, unless I have type preceding the photo.
Thank you, Cenb!! Cynda -->
Monday, October 2, 2017 9:57 AM by Gem
I hope that helps you, Cynda!!
Did you notice -->
Monday, October 2, 2017 11:31 PM by Gem
Did you notice->
You have to click on your last 'Trip, Continued' to read the last blog with 3 comments? Maybe because you have two titles with the same name?
Did you notice-->
Thursday, October 5, 2017 8:56 AM by ctw1949
Tried that click...didn't work. Also, there is a yellow banner on the bottom of comments with Approve/Delete. That doesn't work either. Altho, I think I have turned on approve comments on the blog.
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