Great weekend with John/Cheryl; they were very gracious in sharing their Mather campsite with my 9 y/o son and I. We spent Saturday bumming around the Rim Trail and hitting the Touristy Spots (after viewing from Maricopa Point, I've added the "Hogan Trail" and Lower Orphan to my short list
)...The Kolb Studio exhibit was also especially impressive. After a quick bite, we hit the star gazing event at the Visitor Center parking shortly after dark...AWESOME...especially Saturn's rings and those nifty laser pointers everyone used to point into the dark sky!!
Next morning, the three of us sped down the Grandview, only really resting at the miner's camp. Between John's GPS track and the printed beta I pulled off the internet we EASILY found the side trail to the caves (the large rock arrow cairn helped also LOL). My son Tytus, totally WOKE UP when when we hit those caves...was his favorite part of the hike for sure. Wished we could have gone further back, but there is a steep drop off (20+ fee) towards the end..didn't want to risk anything there just yet. When he's a bit older, we'll make that jump.
Was very proud of Ty on the Grandview...don't see many 9 y/o's sloggin' up GV in June. He did great!!
Since I live in East Flagstaff, Ty and I drove back through Desert View stopping at the Tusayan Ruin and climbing the DV tower. We also stopped at Cameron Trading post for some souvenirs. Was a great and memorable weekend.