Monday, October 3, 2016

Grand Canyon Field Trip - 2016

In the wee hours of a Sunday morning, they headed out west for a week long camping trip to the Grand Canyon.  This was Miss Mabel's 8th grade trip.

On their way to camp at the Grand Canyon, they stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park. (Navajo and Apache counties in Northeastern Arizona)

Known for its fossils, fallen trees being the main one that date back to the late Triassic Period (225 million years ago), this stop was in interesting one.

After that, they moved onto Meteor Crater. (Winslow, Arizona)

Scientists believe that a massive meteor was hurled at the earth, striking it 50,000 years ago.

The crowning point of the trip was the camping they did in the Grand Canyon.

Check out the photos she took!

(Doesn't that look like a painting?!)

(That station wagon reminded me of the Brady Bunch!  Ha ha ha!)

For 3 nights they camped at the Grand Canyon.  They were AMAZED to see majestic animals (elk, mule deer, antelope) walk through their campground unafraid of human beings.

They had only one dry day.  Bummer.

With monsoon-like rains for the rest of the week, they decided to pack it up and head home taking a BIG detour to the Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico!

Carlsbad Caverns

David said that Carlsbad Caverns is THE most fascinating place he's ever seen.  (That's saying a lot!)

They went way down deep into the ground to get to these spectacular sites.  (I'm not sure I could go that deep under ground.  Could you?)

Only professional photos can do it justice and that is still a far cry from seeing the caverns in person.

And from images on google search:

The final stop they made was in southwest Texas at the Monahans Sandhills State Park.

Here's a video of her sledding :)

Monahans Sandhills State Park from Patty Hughes on Vimeo.

One week and 2400 miles later, my happy campers arrived back home safe and sound overflowing with memories from their adventure.

~  Patty  ~


  1. Memories for a life time for sure. What a wonderful tradition!

  2. I love all the photos- what precious memories your family has created with these "field trips"!

  3. What an incredible trip. Her photos are beautiful.
    The caves are so incredible to see where and how people have used them long before there was anything to add light, except fire.
    I love that y'all take special trips individually like this.


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