On June 19th and 20th, we held a one-night, two-day Grand Circle tour.
The guests were a total of 6 people, 4 family members from Houston and 2 couples from Chicago.
I was a little worried because it was a mixed ride tour in the corona wreck after a long time, but since the customer also lives in the United States, maybe because I got used to the life that returned to the normal in the United States now There was no sense of being wary (conscious) of others, and the customers became friends with each other, and the tour ended with a friendly atmosphere.
However, in the town of Tusayan where I stayed at the Grand Canyon, moths were abnormally occurring, and there was an unexpected happening that some moths entered the room as well as outside the hotel.
In Las Vegas, once every few years, a strange phenomenon occurs, such as an outbreak of moths and a horde of grasshoppers rushing to the city, but this year it seems that it is happening in the Grand Canyon.
This time as well, I will post a photo showing the situation at the site from the guide in charge.
* Customers watching the sunset at the Grand Canyon * At Lipan Point in the Grand Canyon
I went to Sedona on a sewing trip on Wednesday, June 16th.
This time, we received applications for a total of 4 people, including a couple living in Japan and 2 women.
Las Vegas had a record heat of 46 degrees Celsius on that day, but Sedona also reached 42 degrees Celsius, which was as severe as it was.
Sightseeing spots in the western United States, including Sedona, have been crowded and crowded since around March of this year, but as expected, all the places to go on this day were empty parking lots and playing in the water. I felt that there were few people except for the oak creek (river) that can be done.
I went to the Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Chapel of Holly Cross, Airport Mesa, and Uptown, but I tried my best to think of the face of the client who was pleased while fighting the distant consciousness!
After shooting, I went camping with Flagstaff and returned the next day without returning to the hot Las Vegas. Flagstaff has the same altitude as the Grand Canyon and is over 2000m, so it was cool and comfortable as it dropped to about 30 ℃ during the day and 15 ℃ at night.
I will post the state of this shooting.
* Red rock crossing with Cathedral Rock in the background * At the power spot of Airport Mesa * In the Chapel of Holly Cross
From June 13th to June 14th, I went on a one-night, two-day charter tour without the closed Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley Park. It was a customer living in New York. In the United States, vaccination is progressing, and the number of inquiries and tour participation by customers in the United States is increasing.
As of June 14, the Grand Canyon National Park had a sign saying that only those who had not been vaccinated outdoors should wear a mask if their social distance could not be maintained.
By telling you about the current state of the city of Las Vegas, we provided a remote appearance and video to Nippon Television Network System. The trigger was our YouTube. It was a reminder of what happened to the center of the Strip on the first weekend when the Las Vegas restrictions were lifted. It's so crowded that it's hard to walk straight. The bureau seemed to feel that Las Vegas, which had the worst unemployment rate in the United States, had revived so far, and that there was a gap with the current situation in Japan.
Click here for the YouTube that triggered it ↓ ↓ ↓
A one-day sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon was held on Friday, June 11th.
The customer was a duo from San Jose.
Actually, trouble occurred immediately after leaving Las Vegas.
The sensor detected an abnormality in the tire pressure, and immediately stopped the van at a nearby parking lot to check it, and there was something like a nail stuck in the tire.
I immediately changed to a spare tire on the spot and continued the tour, but during that time I had to wait for about 40 minutes.
All the tours after that went smoothly as planned and the customers were satisfied, but I am very sorry to have kept you waiting even though it was force majeure.
Busy tours increase the risk of trouble, but I always feel that trouble just after leaving a hotel in Las Vegas is unfortunate.
I experienced various troubles when I was guiding the Grand Circle for many years, but accidents in barren areas where there is no town nearby sometimes get stuck on the spot for hours, so it is compared to Japan. You will be keenly aware of the size of America.
From June 8th, we held a tour of the Grand Circle for 2 nights and 3 days.
The customer was a couple residing in New York who had traveled before returning to Japan after finishing their term next month.
On the first day of this course, you can watch the sunset at Bryce Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell.
On the second day, we visited Monument Valley (sightseeing from outside the park because the park is closed), Grand Canyon, and Sedona, and finally we went to Sedona to see the starry sky.
On the third day, we will visit Jerome (Ghost Town) Priscod, and finally we will return to Las Vegas after visiting Arizona's famous Saguaro Cactus.
Since it was summer vacation in the United States, all the tourist spots in the Grand Circle were crowded with people. Bryce Canyon National Park also had a hard time because the parking lot was full this time as well.
Customers took part in the tour hoping for the reopening of Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley to the last minute, but we couldn't guide you again this time.
Even so, it was three days that I was very satisfied with the nature of the western United States that I saw for the first time.
I will post the photo from the guide in charge this time as well.
* Bryce Canyon National Park * Grand Canyon National Park * Saguaro Cactus
This is a sequel to the article about camping in the Norslim of the Grand Canyon.
On the first day, we visited North Slim and prepared BBQ for dinner early.
The campsite this time was 2700 meters above sea level, 4 miles before the entrance to the national park, and it was cool during the day, making it a paradise for us from Las Vegas. There is a buffalo in the grassland nearby (I could not see it this time) and the deep green is beautiful, and even in the same Grand Canyon, it is a different world.
The main dinner is a 500g ribeye steak that is grilled over an open fire!
On the second day, I moved from the morning and aimed at the unexplored TOROW EAP on the downstream side of Noslim.
In addition to having to run 200 km and 5 hours off-road on a round trip, 2 km before arrival runs on a rocky step like a staircase on a fairly rough road.
However, it is worth going to TOROWEAP even if you have a hard time, and the view of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from here is the best!
I will also post a few photos.
* Scenery from the unexplored TOROWEAP * No slim campsite * Ribeye steak baked on direct fire
We camped in the Grand Canyon North Slim on June 7th and 8th.
Japanese tourists don't often visit the Grand Canyon's North Rim, but the distance and time from Las Vegas is the same as going to the South Rim, which is visited by many.
However, due to the influence of snowfall in winter, the tourist season is short, and it is usually from May to October.
There are three basic observatories, Bright Angel Point, Cape Royale and Point Imperial.
Bright Angel Point is accessible from North Rim's only accommodation, the Grand Canyon Lodge. It is also directly opposite Mather Point on the South Rim. The trail from the lodge to the observatory protrudes into the valley like a horse's back, there are no fences, and there are several places along the way where you can monopolize the scenery.
Cape Royal is located on the opposite bank of the Desert View Point in the South Rim, and is famous for its views of the Grand Canyon through a large rock hole called the "Angels Window".
Point Imperial is the highest observatory in the Grand Canyon, reaching 2,650 meters above sea level, and is a spectacular point overlooking the eastern view of the Grand Canyon.
Surrounded by a lot of trees because the altitude is more than 400m higher than the South Rim on average, you can enjoy the scenery with lots of greenery as if you were on the Canadian plateau, and you can see the autumn leaves in autumn.
In addition, there are few people, so you can enjoy sightseeing slowly.
(Continued to the second part)
I will also post a few photos.
* Watching the Asahi at Bright Angel Point * Cape Royal * Roosevelt Point
Las Vegas has been lifted from 6/1 on Corona (restaurant, casino 100%, no mask, no social distance). And Saturday that weekend when the maximum temperature rose to 42 degrees Celsius. A man swimming in a fountain in front of the Bellagio Hotel was arrested. Such people come every year. This time, we will deliver the hotel rankings that you would like to stay in such a funky city of Las Vegas.
We held a one-night Grand Circle tour on June 5th and 6th.
The customer was a parent and child of a mother and daughter living in Hawaii.
On the first day, I went sightseeing in Sedna and watched the sunset at the Grand Canyon. The current Grand Circle was in the middle of summer, and Sedna also went sightseeing in the heat of 35 degrees Celsius or higher.
The second day started with watching the Asahi in the Grand Canyon, and I was planning to go sightseeing in Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell and return to Las Vegas, but there was an unexpected happening.
My daughter got fever and got sick. First of all, I doubted Corona, but fortunately there were no other mixed passengers and it was reserved, so I consulted with the customer and decided to return to Las Vegas early.
We didn't go to Horseshoe Bend and Lake Puel, which we were planning to stop by on the way, but before 2:00 pm, we picked up and dropped off at the home of our relatives living in Las Vegas.
The medicine I bought on the way worked for my daughter who had a fever, and she became fine at the end of the tour.
It was said that the customer this time had not been vaccinated yet, but the guide in charge had already been vaccinated, so the guide calmly responded.
It's not uncommon for customers to have a fever or poor physical condition during the tour, but it was a shocking moment when it seemed that ordinary things were unusual in the life of a corona wreck for over a year.
I will post a snapshot from the guide in charge this time as well.
* Watching the sunset in the Grand Canyon * Asahi rising from the Grand Canyon * Valley illuminated by the morning sun
This week, May 31st was Memorials Day. From this Memorial's Day, the United States will enter the summer holiday season. Currently, travel from Japan is still difficult and mainly for people living in the United States, but many inquiries and tours have been decided. Memorials Day went on a day tour to the power spot Sedona.
The photo shows the scenery from the Holy Cross Church, where the contrast between the blue sky and the red rocks is clear.