Saturday, May 14, 2011

Trip Around the World Mega Author Blog Hop: Ticket to Paradise



Welcome, everyone. YIPPEEE! I'm so glad you're stopping to vacation with me in the Grand Canyon. Fasten your seatbelts and don't look down if you're afraid of heights. First, we need to cover a few rules. Also, if you'll look to the right of the screen. I've added the list of authors on our tour so you can make sure you visit them all for some great getaways!


TOUR RULES:

1)  HAVE FUN!!!

2)  INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

3)  THIS TOUR STARTS:  Monday, May 16, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
     THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, May 23, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

4)  MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!! YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED IN CONTESTS. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR CHECK BACK May 24, to see if you were a winner.

5) PARTICIPATION AT EVERY BLOG IS RECOMMENDED. BUT REMEMBER: THE MORE YOU HOP, THE MORE CHANCES YOU HAVE TO WIN. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN?  WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I never truly understood the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words" until my husband and I visited the Grand Canyon in June of 2008. I want to share the experience with you. I had such a feeling of euphoria from the momment we turned onto the road heading to the tour office, and it steadily grew until I thought my heart would burst with the emotion. I'm so glad you're here to share my voyage with me. Now, if I can just get my donkey off his keester so we can hit the trail... 
We visited the West rim of the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, due to errosion and deterioration you are no longer permitted to drive there but have to take a tour bus. Once there, you can't walk past the rope barrier that's up. This is due to the loss of rock and dirt along the side. This is the home of the Hualapai Indians. They were a wonderful people who very openly shared their heritage and love of the canyon with us. Including this beautiful site. Eagle Rock (located at Eagle Point) on the west rim, aptly named for its shape, is considered sacred by the Hualapai Indians. I can't describe how moving it was to view this up close and personal. I felt like the eagle was soaring toward me. There's a lot of myth and legend behind this rock about how it helped the Hualapai's find their home. An amazing site to be sure. My eyes watered.



This is also where the skywalk is, but it was expensive and hung waaaaaaayyy too far over the canyon for my liking. On the West rim is also Guano Point.

This is a weak visual to express to you the beauty and the amazement you feel when you stand and look out across the canyon. I just stood staring, mouth agape. Words escaped me. I hope my picture at least expresses a small amount of the emotion I was feeling. WOW!

The thing that amazed me the most was that the physical location was like looking at a painting. It was that gorgeous and majestic. The colors were so vivid and bright. The detail so perfect. It is truly a splash of God's perfection. The interesting thing about this spot is what goldmine it is in terms of money. Not just tourism either (okay, maybe now it's tourism). Guano means the excrement of cave dwelling critters - specifically bats! Although the pictures don't show it, there are caves that you can see in the sides of the canyon. The feces of bats is used for fertilizer and gunpowder. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the pulley system that still stands there. It was used to take the workers down to the caves so they could gather the guano and send it back up. Pretty cool fun fact!

I hope you've enjoyed your vacation with me. My donkey is plum worn our from out treck across the Grand Canyon. If you ever get the chance, this place is a must see. I can't wait to go back.
Thanks for stopping by:)  Don't forget to visit the other blogs in our blog hop. Plenty of chances to win some awesome prizes.


Speaking of prizes!! Here's the awesome gifts I'm offering! You have three changes to win on my blog. Here are the awesome prizes:

1st place: $10 coupon to use on the Astraea Press website plus a paperback copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus 2 awesome bookmarks

2nd place: a paperback copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus 2 awesome bookmarks

3rd place: a PDF copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus I'll mail you 2 awesome bookmarks

UPDATE: After the wonderful response and support, I've decided to up my prizes. As of right now, we'll have the above prizes, PLUS, I'm adding a 2nd winner of the PDF copy of Wayward Soul and 2 bookmarks!! If I get to 75 commenters, I'll add a 2nd winner of the paperback copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus 2 awesome bookmarks! And if I get to 100 commenters, I'll add a 2nd winner of the  $10 coupon to use on the Astraea Press website plus a paperback copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus 2 awesome bookmarks! So send people this way!!

YEEHAW! Hope you packed your bags because we're just getting started. We still have a lot of travelin' to do! So click on the next button below to go to the next blog, or you can click the previous button to go the the prior blog. Happy Trails and have fun:)

~Kim

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80 comments:

  1. For something that's been around as long as I have, it's still totally awesome

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  2. Thank Lindsay. I want to go back and spend about a month. I've heard the South rim is prettier.

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  3. Great photos, Kim! I've never been to the Grand Canyon but would love to someday!

    Theresa
    fadeintofantasy(at)live(dot)com

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  5. Amazing photos, and great choice for location! We road-tripped it to Vegas from Hollywood, for our wedding, and of course we went to the Grand Canyon -- I blogged about it on www.thepopculturedivas.com ; look for the 'runaway bride' post :) -- OMG what a place, the energies there... WOW very healing. And such spectacular scenery.

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  6. Hub wants to take the kids to see the grand canyon . I myself have never been either

    meandi09@yahoo.com

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  7. Love this the Grand Canyon is something to see!! It is awe inspiring!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    GFC Shannon Johnson
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I hope I get the chance to visit this place someday. It is truly a display of God's majesty.

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  9. I would love to visit the Grand Canyon someday. Lol, I've been to the Himalayas and Kilauea, but not the Grand Canyon--no excuse for that.

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  10. Thank you all! It's a MUST to visit. The energy, the feeling of being surrounded by peace and love is overwhelming. Truly amazing.

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  11. I don't know what happened to my original comment, but I those views are awesome. I've always wanted to visit The Grand Canyon.

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  12. Looks scary. I'm not good with heights

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  13. I have never been but would love to go.

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  14. Stunning pictures. Would love to see it for myself someday.
    vanessam.milton@gmail.com

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  15. awesome photos! and thank you bunches for hosting this giveaway! I've read the PDF and would LOVE a paper copy! I still need to post my review for you :O eeeppp! good luck all!
    tfalick(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I watched a show about the building of the Skywalk, I don't blame you for not going out on it!! LOL! I have never been to the Grand Canyon but, just looking at the pictures sure does make you believe in a "higher being"
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kleah921(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. The Grand Canyon is so beautiful.Thanks for doing the hop. I am having fun finding new authors.

    koonie2888(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. We went to the Grand Canyon a few years ago but I want to return. It is pure God inspiring! Thank you. My mother and I had always wanted to travel on horseback (or donkey) but never got to.

    Contact me: cmselfridge@gmail.com

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  19. One of the most beautiful places. Someday I hope to travel and see this.
    mmbourassa(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. Beautiful pictures. Sadly, I've never been to the Grand Canyon...hope to soon. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love shifter novels, and Zanna and Owen sound very interesting! Can't wait to read Wayward Soul! =D

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing the Grand Canyon with us, it was beautiful and for a Canadian who doesn't travel all that much it was spectacular lol
    Question: What is your favourite Genre to read?

    Leanne109(LeanneG.)
    leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  22. The Grand Canyon is one of the many places I'd love to visit. The pictures of it are just awe-inspiring. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

    bessieinthewell@yahoo.com

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  23. Thanks for sharing the great pictures!! I have still not been to the Grand Canyon. I do hear it is gorgeous! I love PNR and love to read new authors. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    tsteinerid (gmail.com)

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  24. That's awesome. Very beautiful pictures. I would love to visit the Grand Canyon some day.

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  25. I love the photos and the book looks great! I have never been to Th Grand Canyon it looks amazing!
    heltondexter@yahoo.com

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  26. I loved it thanks so much! love ya kim Teamedward841@live.com

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  27. Hi Kim! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos! I'd love to see it in real life! I wonder, do the Native Americans consider the entire canyon as sacred or only Eagle Rock? Great post!

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  28. i've been telling the husband we've got to make this trip ... you've convinced me it's a must.

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  29. I went to the grand canyon when I was about 5 but I can't remember it. It's so beautiful. Good luck with the book.

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  30. I'm terrified of heights but the pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
    longlegs_browneyes@hotmail.com

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  31. Hi, Tricia, and thanks for the question. There are several different tribes who reside in or around the Grand Canyon and they consider the whole thing to be sacred and special. The story behind Eagle point is that the chief had asked for guidance in finding his people a home. An eagle started circling, wanting the chief to follow him. The eagle landed on that rock and the chief saw it as a sign. The Indians have a lot to do with preserving the Canyon. They had a huge part in stopping all the car traffic to keep it from erroding. They want people to visit, but they want to do it in the best way possible to preserve it.

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  32. @Leanne, thank you for visiting and for the question. My favorite genre to read is horror. Stephen King's book Gerald's Game is one of my alltime favorites. But, I'm a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan as well and have read all her books, some more than once:)

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  33. Thank you all for stopping by! I almost didn't do the Grand Canyon but now I'm glad I did. You should all visit. It's simply amazing. I stood looking out over it for over 1/2 an hour without moving. I wanted to take the donkeys down but I was 4 months pregnant and the picture above of me nearly gave my husband a heart attack. He wanted me to stay back away from the side. At Eagle Point you can't go to the lip, but at Guano Point you can. Funny thing was, I'm terrified of heights, but I felt so safe there. i wasn't afraid to stand on the edge.

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  34. Great pics and cute boro I love traveling and seeing all this country has th showcase
    amandawoodward1976@yahoo.com

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  35. I LOVE the Grand Canyon. I've gone a few times and every time I just have this immense spiritual connection to mother earth. Thanks for sharing your experience and your pictures.

    All my best,
    Allure

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  36. Awesome. I've never been to the Grand Canyon but someday would love to visit. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. i would really love to visit the grand canyon one of these days :) thank you for the wicked adventure and giveaway :)
    danielsangel101@yahoo.co.uk

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  38. Awesome thanks for sharing the Grand Canyon with us. i bet its like 10 times better in person then in a movie. thanks for such a awesome giveaway.

    babydoll82959307(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. i have never been to the grand canyon until today and would love to go again. i am scared of heights and i think that this would scare the crap out of me, but would love to see it just to say i saw it.
    would love to win so please choose me. thanks for the giveaway.

    christinebails@yahoo.com

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  40. I've been wanting to visit Grand Canyon and other canyons in the Southwest for many years. Maybe this is the year we'll do it! Wayward Soul sounds awesome too!

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  41. Amazing pictures. That's one place i'd love to visit. :)
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

    Stacey
    s_l_a_s_c69@hotmail.com

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  42. The Grand Canyon is the one of the most beautiful sights to see. My family loved our trip there.
    Thanks for the chance to win giveaway.
    cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

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  43. I've never been to the Grand Canyon but it seems absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for the giveaway (+ is it international?).

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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  44. Wow great Pics Kim !! I so wanna go here to !! My suitcase is getting heavier by the blog stop !!! Great giveaway !! I have read wayward souls and loved it but a paperback copy would be truly sweet - bookmarks wow !!! Great giveaways - great pics and I must say Id love to visit now !! BEEEEE uuutttiifulll !! Me being the flicker ** picture taker I am ** i can see some wonderful pics here ;)

    kat

    kittee_cat@bigpond.com

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  45. Your picture expresses a big amount of the emotion you were feeling. It's amazing and it looks like a great place to visit!

    camilleanne_angel@yahoo.com.ph

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  46. After reading your blogpost, one word entered my mind. "WOW!"

    claudine_princess@yahoo.com.ph

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your pcitures from Grand Canyon. These were awesome!!!

    Would love to read your book!

    inga(dot)kupp(at)gmail(dot)com

    inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/

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  48. The Grand Canyon is so amazingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pics! :)

    Jessicaliegel@yahoo.com

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  49. God in his majesty, beautiful photos!
    melanieinoh2003@yahoo.com

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  50. I love AZ! The Grand Canyon is amazing. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new follower here.

    Aimee
    brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com
    http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/

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  51. Lovely photos! I'd love to visit there one day!

    kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

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  52. I remember seeing the grand canyon when i was a child...it scared me then...lol...but looks beautiful now...
    velvetbear72@yahoo.com

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  53. Ive never been to the Grand Canyon but looking at your pictures deffintly makes me wanna go... That is natural beauty... I hope to one day go.

    Aimee
    cybrprncss0321@aol.com

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  54. @Jess, thank you so much and YES I'll do international as well!! I'm so honored and thrilled with the response that I think I'm going to say if I reach 100 commentors I'm going to have 2 second place winners and 2 third place winners!!!!

    You guys are all amazing. Thank you for the support.

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  55. I LOVE the grand canyon. What a beautiful place!

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  56. i'm loving it loving the road trip around the world while sitting at home thank you!
    Teamedward841(at)live(dot)com

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  57. aww I wish I could go there!! Maybe some day!!
    melissasanchezdempsey@hotmail.com

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  58. I've been to AZ but never seen the Grand Canyon....

    I wanna see!

    shadowestr @ aol . com

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  59. Nice pictures. =D love the grand canyon!

    claroxide@yahoo.co.in

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  60. How beautiful and my cousin was there yesterday on here way here to California to see some of the family... I thnk I was there when I was about 7 maybe possibly....

    sharonramos2(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the great contest.....

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  61. Beautiful pictures. I don't think I would enjoy the Grand Canyon as much as most people because I have an intense fear of heights. Just looking at some pictures makes me sick. LOL. Thank you for sharing.

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  62. Wayward Soul is intriguing. I like the name Zanna, but don't usually see it in books! Thanks for sharing the Grand Canyon pics...love them!
    galeminchew (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  63. amazing photos and loved the blog!! Thanks for the contest
    meandmyshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway!

    darkangel231988(at)gmail(dot)com
    Memrie

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  65. I always wanted to visit the grand canyon. Wayward Soul looks awesome, I'd love to read it!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  66. This is a great destination! I loved the serenity and natural beauty of the Grand Canyon when I visted at age 10. My family is going back in a year for a family reunion, Yay! edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com

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  67. I'm so happy you all stopped by! I hope you'll all come back to visit!!

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  68. I have been blessed with seeing The Grand Canyon Once in my life, but I would love to re-visit, it`s very beautiful! thanks for sharing.
    snnalways@insightbb.com

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  69. Gorgeous! Great post. Thanks you!!

    boo2bosh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Just amazing my Husband and I have been talking about taking our girls to go visit the Grand Canyon...

    I added you to my fb :)~ and now following your blog..
    Thanks Reannabartley(at)gmail(.)com

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  71. Thanks for sharing your pics! The view is so awesome! You kind of feel so little when you visit a place that big!!
    Thanks for the giveaway
    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  73. Great Canyon... I hope one day I could go there, really. Thais for sharing the amazing picture yo took from the "Eagle", feels so magical and wonderful.
    Thanks for this wonderful trip, now I have a really good reason to go there and see it myself!

    My e-mail is: sontrei2000@yahoo.com.br

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  74. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck with the book :)

    Andrea

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  75. I have never been there, but so want to go:):)

    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I'm starting this tour late, but maybe I can make it all around & I love reading about new books! Thos pictures are great! Really makes me want to get back to the southwest - it's been too long!
    ps - don't have an eReader, still love the paper!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  77. I love to travel!!!

    jmluker at winco dot net

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  78. I was lucky to have a great driver get us to the Grand Canyon Skywalk last Spring from Vegas, but I would very highly recommend taking it in, even if by one of the bus tours from Vegas. The Hoover Dam is on the way and is also a mind blower but in a very different way.

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