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Frosted Flakes: A Grand Canyon Hike and Hotel Room Blues

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This past weekend my husband and I made our long awaited trip to the Grand Canyon.

We started this adventure by me second guessing if I made a hotel reservation on the way to the airport. We were pretty sure I had, but I couldn’t find a single email confirmation. So, I called the hotel and the gentleman I talked to said I did not have a room. He also didn’t seem like he searched very hard to see what was going on, but it was 4:30 am and I just needed a room so I booked another available room. He also never gave me a confirmation number over the phone, so I wasn’t sure if we really had a room, but decided we would just go with it.

Once we got to Arizona, we drove to Montezuma’s Castle, which was really cool and then on to Sedona. In Sedona we hung out in Uptown Sedona and did a Pink Jeep tour, which was really cool. I even had a woman put on eye cream that is supposed to make me look 10 years younger and then try to sell it to me for her low employee price of $400. (I did not accept) Later at the hotel bar, I was not carded so my husband decided that eye cream did not work very well.

When we made our way to the hotel, we did have a room. Success! Only to find out the next day that I was charged for two rooms. When I went and asked the front desk, they said the original reservation (that I made three weeks ago) didn’t go through before yesterday and they would credit my account. I’m still waiting to see that credit go through.

We then made our way to the Grand Canyon. This was the main focus of our trip so we were both excited. It did not disappoint. I know some people don’t think that it is that amazing, but we were both in awe. We had decided that we were going to hike part of the Bright Angel Trail. The first check point is 1.5 miles down and then the next one was 3 miles down. I figured we could do the first one and then see how we felt.

I noticed on the way down that my husband was growing quieter as we continued to descend. He really didn’t think I realized that we would have to go back up. I was enjoying the view and marveling at the canyon the whole way down, while he was imagining all worst case scenario situations. We finally made it to the first checkpoint and after taking a little break, we decided to head back up. It was much more difficult to go up, but I loved it. My husband was happy that we chose to hike it once we were finally safely back on top.

Other than the hotel situation, it turned out to be a great trip. Do you think I’ll ever get my money back?

I promise this will be my last Grand Canyon mention.

Now here are your flakes.


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