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    I haven't stitched but then I have got lots if buttons to sew on the sweaters etc that I have been knitting for the last 6 months - I thought she would be a late arrival but Aubrey is a merrick so I should have known better lol xx
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    Chris I still have the bug Last night I stitched for 2 hours and as soon as the hand started to hurt I stopped and it's fine this morning Maybe I should follow the doctors advice again, stitch in 1 hour slots as it did work last time

    Good luck with sewing all those pesky little buttons on, enjoy
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    Debbie, you bring Yellowstone and Arizona to life with your descriptions. You should be a travel writer! I've never had the desire to visit Yellowstone, but now I think I'd like to see it in winter. I've been to Arizona once when Peter had to attend a conference in Scottsdale. We then spent a few days in Sedona, which I loved and then drove to the Grand Canyon. Such spectacular scenery. If we ever go back again I'll do the drive that you suggested.
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    Glad the wrist isn't too bad Abi xx buttons all on and now knitting girly colours
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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyLee View Post
    Debbie, you bring Yellowstone and Arizona to life with your descriptions. You should be a travel writer! I've never had the desire to visit Yellowstone, but now I think I'd like to see it in winter. I've been to Arizona once when Peter had to attend a conference in Scottsdale. We then spent a few days in Sedona, which I loved and then drove to the Grand Canyon. Such spectacular scenery. If we ever go back again I'll do the drive that you suggested.
    You won't regret it. Yellowstone is one of the most gorgeous places in the world and an absolutely fairyland in the snow. If you ever get back to the Grand Canyon area, take the trouble to go to the north rim. I'm guessing you visited the south rim. That's where most of the tourists go. The north rim is a lot harder to get to, but the results are worth it. While the distance across the canyon is only about a mile, the drive from the south rim to the north rim is a bit over 212 miles and the trip is well worth it. The drive takes you across the high plateau on the Navajo reservation, along the Vermillion Cliffs, across Marble Canyon and then up into the alpine meadows on the north side of the canyon (south rim is around 6,000 feet where the north rim is around 8,000 feet.) You can also get to it by going at it from St. George, Utah. Still a distance. It just depends on which side of the canyon you are on when you head there. There's a visitor's center, a lodge with a really good restaurant that overlooks the canyon, a fantastic tent campground (if you're into that kind of stuff), and miles of hiking trails. Chuck and I used to meet one of the couples that stood up with us at our wedding on the first weekend in October right before the north rim was getting ready to close (it's generally open May 15 through October 15, provided the weather cooperates) and would camp and hike for several days. It was a great escape from the rat race. You can see some of the information here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm

    As for being a travel writer, I always thought that sounded like a fun occupation!
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    Oohh, it sounds lovely! Thanks for the link - I'll check it out later today.

    Abi, I'm glad you've found a way to work around it!
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    Abi just do what you can as you can. As with my shoulder this past winter you just can't push it. Hope it feels better soon.

    Debbie you and I have walked more than a bit of the same ground. I also love the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I spent a couple of days there when I did my tour and it was far more to my liking. The smaller crowds, but also the different forests that are over there. There are less desert like Juniper type forests as the south rim has, and instead has Aspen, Maple, Pine, Spruce, and Douglas Fir. Being higher you over look to south rim plateau all the way over there.

    I have also been to Bullhead City. Every year for 11 years I went on a bus tour to Nevada and we spent 5 days a year across the river from Bullhead in Laughlin, NV. My first trip to the Grand Canyon was actually renting a car from here an driving over. That highway is amazing.

    Yellowstone is still on my list of places to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamarack29 View Post
    Debbie you and I have walked more than a bit of the same ground. I also love the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I spent a couple of days there when I did my tour and it was far more to my liking. The smaller crowds, but also the different forests that are over there. There are less desert like Juniper type forests as the south rim has, and instead has Aspen, Maple, Pine, Spruce, and Douglas Fir. Being higher you over look to south rim plateau all the way over there.
    According the the Park Service newsletter, they estimate that the north rim only gets about 10% of the visitors that the south rim receives annually. That means you aren't waiting in line to visit overlooks and you can hike the trails without stumbling over groups of people. And you're right about the types of forests. I always wanted to visit the north rim in the winter. Unfortunately, the only way to do that is if you are participating in some sort of special event where the lodge is rented. Then they pick you up in Jacob's Lake and you're ferried in on snow mobiles since that side of the canyon generally gets so much snow they can't keep the roads clear. Weather at the canyon is always exciting. I remember standing at an overlook close to our camp site one night and watching a thunderstorm on the other side of the canyon. The lightning was absolutely spectacular but the storm never reached us because we were at a much higher altitude.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamarack29 View Post
    I have also been to Bullhead City. Every year for 11 years I went on a bus tour to Nevada and we spent 5 days a year across the river from Bullhead in Laughlin, NV. My first trip to the Grand Canyon was actually renting a car from here an driving over. That highway is amazing.
    We lived there for just under a year. It was more or less the bedroom community for Laughlin since there was next to no housing on the Laughlin side of the Colorado River. My husband was working at one of the law firms in Bullhead, while I was working as the administrative assistant to the administrator at one of the two local hospitals. Neither of us much liked the work we were doing. I'm not fond of working in the medical field Chuck disliked working as an attorney there because it was a small town practice that did all kinds of law. He didn't mind the trusts and estates work or the administrative law. He was also licensed to practice in the tribal courts in the area and found that work interesting. But because he was low man on the seniority list, he was generally stuck with the family law stuff - divorce, child custody, etc. Having been there, you know that Bullhead/Laughlin sits right at the juncture of three states - Arizona, Nevada and California. Whenever there was a nasty divorce or a child custody issue, inevitably one spouse or the other would grab up the kits and hightail it for either California or Nevada. He was forever struggling to locate them and get them back into the state, since it was illegal in Arizona to take kids out the state without court permission if there was a legal proceeding in process. Between that and the 125 degree summer temperatures, we decided we didn't like it much and only stayed about a year. We aren't gamblers, but did enjoy Laughlin for some of the restaurants and the entertainers at the casinos.
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    You are doing a fab job as tour guides girls xxx I still have a drive through USA on my holiday list and you both are making it so inviting xx I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon xx
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