2015 SUMMER ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE – PART 1: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARKING LOT (South Rim)

I had mentioned that our spring camping trip was a trial run with the new camper in preparation for this year’s summer road trip. Well, as Mom promised me, in late June Mom, Dad, Butthead, and I packed up the suburban, hooked up the camper, and took off for a grand adventure! On the Road

First stop was the Grand Canyon! Ole Teddy Roosevelt himself said it’s “the one great sight which every American should see.” Naturally, I was excited to see all the Grandeur that is our Grand Canyon National Park.

We left Las Cruces and drove for what seemed like an eternity! Along the way we stopped and checked out the Petrified Forest National Park (http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm)… Petrified Forest 1

And continued our drive thru the Painted Desert… Painted Desert - 1

We spent the first night at the BIG dog friendly Howard Johnson’s in Flagstaff, AZ.

Up early the next morning we headed towards the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The south rim is the most popular and gets most tourists. According to Dad, trying to drive thru the park was equally tedious as driving thru downtown Dallas! Despite the traffic, we were able to check out a few scenic overlooks…Grand Canyon S Rim OverlookGrand Canyon S Rim View 2 Grand Canyon S Rim View 1

And check out a few of the interesting sites like this lookout tower near the east visitor’s center… Grand Canyon NP S Rim Tower

The life of a celebriDOG is not always an easy one.  I’m always getting stopped by someone who wants to shake my paw or get their photo taken with me.  I even had a young Japanese tourist ask Mom if he could take a photo with me and his baby, and then there are the few who use a selfie stick to grab a quick anonymous photo op!  Even when just taking a break from the heat it, I can’t let the young fans down ya know…CelebriDOG 1

It was incredibly HOT and since we were planning on camping along the North Rim we didn’t linger too long here. We got back on the road so we could get to camp in time for Yappy Hour. Our drive to the North Rim took us through the sweltering Marble Canyon and past the Vermillion Cliffs. We also came across this unusual sight… Tree Driving Down the Road

We made it to the Kaibab Camper Village just in time to get camp set up and enjoy Yappy Hour. Kaibab Camper Village was a nice little privately run RV Park and Campsite located near Jacob Lake, AZ and surrounded by Kaibab National Forest land (http://www.kaibabcampervillage.com/). It offered clean facilities and was reasonably priced. This place super dog friendly and had immediate access to walking trails to the pond (Jacob Lake) and into the National Forest area. I give Kaibab Camper Village 5 PAWS Walter PUPproval rating for dog friendliness.

Walter’s PUPproval rating criteria: 0 PAW – No Dogs Allowed; 1 PAW – Dog breed/size discriminatory; 2 PAW – Dogs accommodated but not really Welcome; 3 PAW – Dog friendly, but could be more welcoming; 4 PAW – Dog friendly, happy to see us, water offered; 5 PAW – Super Dog Friendly, water & treats offered, operated by dog lovers;

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