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  1. #101
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    ,Awesome updates! Thanks!

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    Great update.
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    I just went through this whole thread, then high-tailed it over to Craigslist to look for a van! Love the scenery and I'm jealous!
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    Great Updates. Keep it up! Cool pictures of Expo. Something about the Marine in me really likes that H1.

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    Just read through your whole thread and am totally jealous. Great photos from that phone you have. I absolutely love the canyon lands in that neck of the woods. Its been years since I've been there, but I can't wait to go back.

    Do yourself a favor and stop in Bellingham, WA on your way up to the border. There is a great little bar called the Green Frog Cafe that is (last time I was there) dog friendly, live music every night (bluegrass most of the time), and an outstanding beer selection. They don't even carry the usuals (bud, bud light, coors, etc.). There is also tons of cool places that you can find to camp out for free.

    Now, off to find a van big enough for the wife and I and our 2 daughters. Maybe the dogs too. Should I just buy a bus?

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    Absalutely awsome! would love to do this!

  7. #107
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    Great update, love the pics. thank you
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  8. #108
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugeyetex View Post
    Just read through your whole thread and am totally jealous. Great photos from that phone you have. I absolutely love the canyon lands in that neck of the woods. Its been years since I've been there, but I can't wait to go back.

    Do yourself a favor and stop in Bellingham, WA on your way up to the border. There is a great little bar called the Green Frog Cafe that is (last time I was there) dog friendly, live music every night (bluegrass most of the time), and an outstanding beer selection. They don't even carry the usuals (bud, bud light, coors, etc.). There is also tons of cool places that you can find to camp out for free.

    Now, off to find a van big enough for the wife and I and our 2 daughters. Maybe the dogs too. Should I just buy a bus?
    Bellingham is awesome....but then again I may be a little bias . If you do end up stopping in Bellingham PM me a little bit before with what you are interested in and what you want to do. There is some good remote camping ~1hr east of Bellingham and of lot of other good outdoorsy type stuff to do. If my wife doesn't get pissed you may be able to park your van in our driveway for a couple days.

    If you like beer make sure to also check out Kulshan and Wonderer breweries, we have around 6 breweries in town...
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    Update #13: South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    So after Overland Expo I met up with someone to help build a bed platform in her van. Came out really solid and in a fraction of the time it took me to build mine.



    After Flagstaff I made my way out to the south rim of the grand canyon. I met up with my friends from lake powell and some other friends of theirs. I didn't realize it was memorial day weekend until we already made plans. I was nervous about the crowds but we did a lot of stuff in the mornings before the hoards showed up. We boondocked on BLM rd 688 if I recall correctly.

    There was a fire on the way out there.







    Leaving flag in my mirrors...



    The campsite



    Tons of elk remains everywhere. Tigua would come back with a new piece every time I let him off leash. By the time we left I had almost a whole elk lol.



    The first hike we did was the rim trail. It's about 7 miles and just goes along the edge of the rim. It's flat and mostly paved but I was super sore the next day. For some reason flat hurts more than inclines.







    Bright angel trail, this is the hike we'll do next.
















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    Trying to conquer my fear of heights. I didn't realize how much of an overhang this was until I got off and walked around to where my friend took the pic. oh man lol.





















    So the next day we did Bright Angel trail. We stopped by the mules to see how tigua would do with them. He was a bit hesitant for a split second, but then completely ignored them. Awesome, lets go.







    I got permission to bring the dog, but that didn't stop a bunch of from telling me dogs weren't allowed on the trail. I wish they would give you a permit tag or something to hang on your bag so people know.

    Going down wasn't bad at all. We had kind of an early start, but going up was ridiculous. SO many people and no one had any kind of trail etiquette. Blocking the whole trail or just taking it up. I ended up on the side of the trail with the dog going uphill just because people wouldn't step aside. The view was basically the same the whole way which made it kinda meh. We ended up only going to the first water station and turning around.














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