This was Caroline's third ex-utero trip to the Grand Canyon and George's first. We stayed at El Tovar and brought the double jogger to avoid a leash or a heart attack. Hotel room with two kids - wow what a bad idea. We always rent a house when we take trips around AZ (cheaper than hotel usually and plenty of space) but we had great luck with one child at El Tovar in the past so we got overly confident and thought we could do it with two.
Brad and Caroline shared a bed with one minor roll onto the floor
and a lot of kicking him in the back. George had a pack n play but ended up attached to me all night to keep him quiet (boob in mouth = silence).
At least during the day we had a blast. Caroline wore her Grand Canyon junior ranger shirt with snap buttons for a compass, plastic bug, and a much loved magnifying glass. She went bananas with the magnifying glass inspecting everything in sight and announcing her findings to anyone nearby. Since she's my kid I thought it was adorable - I'm sure others were not as enthused. Seriously I learn a lot when I slow down and see the world through her eyes and notice all the little things. Not usually a philosophy to apply at the GRAND Canyon where expansive absorption is the goal. But Caroline found all kinds of bugs and plants and critters. She was very distressed about a chipmunk that ran over the rim wall and down into the canyon. I had prepared her with a lot of "let's be careful around the canyon" and she was worried about that chipmunk but we saw him doing fine in a tree branch. On the last day Daddy bought her a $9 Grand Canyon Junior Park Ranger doll - and Caroline was star struck with her tiny binoculars and ranger hat and velcro belt. We put a Chinese fake turquoise bracelet on her as a necklace and she has not put this doll down since.
George (AKA Porgie) wore Caroline's old Jr Park Ranger outfit - - and he basically smiled or slept most of the time. His second tooth was working its way out on the trip and that made for a little case of the grumpies and a tired Mommy. Next year I think we'll base camp out of Flag and just drive up for a day visit.