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Finally Went Golfing!

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Well, we finally had a day off on Saturday and took advantage and went golfing at our favorite local course in Parker, Arizona - Emerald Canyon Golf Club. As of May 1st it is only $20 after 1pm for unlimited golf with a cart. It is probably the best golf deal in the entire world! as you will not find a better course for $20. If it was located anywhere near a major city it would easily be over $100 as it is just that spectacular and scenic. Trey and I ended up in a tie with 89’s and Randy and Dan are better off keeping their scores a secret!

Here are a few pics so you can see just how scenic it is. If you are interested in playing while you are in the area the only bad thing is that it is about 1.5 hours one way from the ranch.

Emerald Canyon Golf CoursePar 3 that is only 120 yards but very intimidating!The par 3’s green - you can see how far it drops down from the tee box!Dan and Trey looking for their errant tee shotsNow that is a tight fairway…but it has bumpers on each side which makes it much more funTrey hitting a booming drive right down the middleRandy trying to make a 50 footer….probably for triple bogey!Gila Monster - Very rare and poisonous but I always seem to see them at this courseAnother one hanging out in the bush - scary!

Travel Information for Grand Canyon and Route 66…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

For those interested in seeing The G.C. here are your three choices:

1. The Grand Canyon South Rim:

a. From the Ranch to the South Rim it is 3 1/2 hours each way. Cost is $20 per car and is where 95% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon enter.
b. Here are the reviews of the South Rim on TripAdvisor.com (all good)
c. You can drive on the longest stretch of Route 66 either on the way there, way back, or not all. Taking that route allows you to visit any of the following - Keepers of the Wild Animal Park, Grand Canyon Caverns, and Seligman, Arizona (old Route 66 town).
d. Website with more information - http://www.nps.gov

2. West Rim where the new Grand Canyon West Skywalk is located:

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Grand Canyon West Skywalk Opens

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Here are some websites to visit for more information on the new Grand Canyon West Skywalk that is about 2.5 - 3 hours from the ranch or Las Vegas, NV. It is kind of “on the way” going to and from Las Vegas to Stagecoach Trails. One of the downsides to Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk is the cost. They charge about $75 per person to enter the Grand Canyon West area and walk onto the new Skywalk. More Info on the Rates (They do plan to announce a new pricing structure in 2008 that should be more flexible/reasonable.)

Additional Informational Links:

Pictures on Flickr.com of Grand Canyon Skywalk

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