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Breakdown in Kingman, AZ

We left the Grand Canyon campground Saturday morning and arrived at a campground just outside of Kingman, AZ later that day. As usual, we put down the four hydraulic jacks that level our RV and then put out our two slide outs. Hunky dory.

Stuck Jack

However, the following morning when we tried to raise our jacks to leave, they all stopped halfway up. Bad mojo. We tried lowering them, but no go. Also, a nasty little “LOW BATTERY” red light appeared on our HWH jack control panel.

Check the jack manual . . . our coach batteries could be bad. I check the battery voltage and they appear ok. The manual also had detailed troubleshooting information . . .



. . . that ended in “replace the pump”. Lovely.

There was no way I wanted to do this level of troubleshooting, so time to call Coach-Net, our road side service provider. A few hours later help arrived . . .

The Cavalry


The service tech said he could (A) raise the jacks manually, but not fix the cause of the problem, or (B) troubleshoot the system at $125/hour. We chose “A”.

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So one hour and $175 later, our jacks were all up and we could resume our journey.

We decided to return to Lake Havasu City (77 miles away from us) and get our jacks fixed at a service center we’ve used in the past.

We stayed another day at the Kingman campground and left for Lake Havasu on Monday morning. We rented a cheap storage space for our RV and moved back into our Crazy Horse park model. We were all moved in by about 2 pm.

On Our Park Model Porch


Taking in the view . . .

Click on photo to enlarge


Reading a book and Happy Panting  . . .




So we take our RV in for service on Wednesday. I figure it will take more than a day to fix, so we’re making the most of our stay . . . weather is beautiful, sit on porch, catch a movie, go out to eat, . . .

Final Entry from Grand Canyon

Our Last Hike

Tomorrow we’re outta here. Heading West for California and $4/gallon gas.



Our goal was Yaki Point, but most of the route would be sharing with bicyclists so we decided to stop at the canyon rim.



So Many Choices


Beautiful from Any/Every Angle



They arrive in the morning and later at dusk. They are prolific poopers. From what we saw, no one bothered them while they munched grass all day. When she first saw an Elk, Flirt was spooked, but I think she finally thought of them as just big, different-smelling dogs.




1992 — A Brief Stopover During Our Route 66 Road Trip

A Lot Closer to the Edge than She Remembers


1994 — Four-Day Stay at El Tovar Hotel ($250/day then, $575.12 now)

On Our Room’s Balcony




Tourist Day

Tourist Central = The Village (click on map to enlarge)

This was our obligatory Tourist Day. It wasn’t intended that way. Originally we had plans to catch the sunrise at Moran Point which meant getting up at about 3:30 am. Scratch that. Next, we were going to watch the sunrise somewhere near The Village. Nope. Finally, it devolved into getting up late and playing tourists. Better, much better.

At about 8 am we caught the Blue Line bus to the end of the line — the Bright Angel Trailhead. From there we walked the Rim Trail through “The Village”. We had breakfast at Bright Angel Lodge, visited El Tovar Hotel (where we stayed 25 years ago), had ice cream, bought stuff, and snapped photos along the way.

Here are the photos . . .


On the Rim Trail


Kolb Studio


Kolb Studio


Kolb Studio View




Lookout Studio View




Braving the Ledge



El Tovar



Inside El Tovar





Serape and T-shirt


Scratch the Serape – Jewelry Instead

Another Death at the Grand Canyon

Red Dotted Line = My Walk. Blue Circle = Where the Woman Fell (Click on Map to Enlarge)


As Flirt and I were taking a long walk through the woods from our campground to Yaki Point, I heard emergency vehicle sirens. I thought it might be a fire at the nearby Visitor Center. A short while later a helicopter flew low overhead. Medical evacuation?

Walking/Bike Trail to Yaki Point

We crossed the highway to the South Kaibab Trail, and I saw yellow CAUTION tape across the trail. I asked a couple of park rangers exiting the trail if it was still closed. They said yes. I asked what’s going on, but they said nothing. But by this time I suspected that someone had fallen off the canyon rim, and two hikers confirmed it.



A few hours after I walked back to our campground, the story about the woman’s death appeared — Houston Chronicle. This story seems especially tragic as it sounds like the woman did not immediately fall to her death.

It was reported that the woman was off the trail by some 200 to 300 feet.

If you’ve seen my recent Grand Canyon posts, then you’ve seen the photos of people at or near steep drop offs — most of the times to get that “perfect” picture. It’s a wonder more people aren’t killed.

Eastern Rim Road Trip

Dotted Red Line is Our Route (Click Map To Enlarge)

On Monday, we stopped at several scenic viewpoints along the Eastern Rim of the Grand Canyon, about 25 miles from our campground along Arizona Highway 64.

Here are the photos . . .




This is a great stop . . . food, gas, and bathrooms.


We Did Not Climb the Tower








The Inset is the Hance Rapids about 4 Miles Away


Happening Everywhere around the Rim