Tuesday, December 15, 2009

All I Want for Christmas is a Very Brady Vacation

It was lodged in my subconscious, I guess.

Since I was a little girl, I've wanted to see The Grand Canyon. Mine and my brother's fixation with Indian tribes didn't help. Somehow the excitement of elementary school studies of the painted desert and playing Indians wearing "hide" vests made of paper grocery sacks all mixed about in my head with Little House on the Prairie and were distilled in repeats of The Brady's Grand Canyon vacation.

Anyway, I think this is the year to do it. It being in summer, we won't be hiking to the bottom with children and probably couldn't afford the mule ride. But, if I save enough, we can walk the rim and head up to Zion park in Utah to hike into the Narrows and camp, all by way of the Painted Desert.

I know it won't be as cool as riding into the canyon backward on a mule, like Alice, or getting inducted into an Indian tribe that mysteriously lives in the bottom of the canyon, but it's the next best thing.

And if we pull it off, I can scratch it off my list and move on to the next dream vacation.

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