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    For GC, Yosemite, Yellowstone (or every park for that matter), our goal is the fewer other people seen, the better. So we head out for the trails many don't go on. DH was so depressed at Yellowstone at Old Faithful, where sandwich wrappers from Subway blew across the ground. However, once we hit the trails in a less popular area, it was beautiful and peaceful.

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    DH was so depressed at Yellowstone at Old Faithful, where sandwich wrappers from Subway blew across the ground.
    I so understand this feeling. Every so often even walking round town I get hit by this sinking feeling of sadness that the earth under the pavement is effectively dead for the time being. But then, I read articles like this and know it is just in hibernation, and if we stuff it all up, nature will come back.
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    Oooh that reminds me of the Life After People show from about a decade ago.

    NZ, when you were in San Diego did you ever go out to the Salton Sea (ghosttowns)? Toxic air, toxic water, and remnants of abandoned “civilization”. Leavers and stayers, too.

    But yah, the best part of national parks is not navigating crowded sidewalks with masses of humanity.
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    AM, I thought it was pretty cold, in the 30s-40s, but tolerable. The only thing that was tough was that we arrived in Williams was that there was only one restaurant open in the entire town on Thanksgiving Day, and the wait was over an hour because everyone was there and then more wait time because the food was slow to come out. So I would maybe pack a back up dinner option.
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    Thanks! We still need to buy rain or snow boots, and a heavy jacket for DS7.
    We never stay in Williams because the offerings are so slim. Flagstaff is an hour from GC, but so much more to do (read: eat), the drive is beautiful, and its equidistant from the south and east entrances. Packing lunches is alien to us in general, but we know its necessary when visiting parks.
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    I grew up in Phoenix and loved going camping around Flagstaff and Sedona in the summer. I've been to the Grand Canyon several times but not recently. The last time I went through Flagstaff though, was March of 2011. It was just starting to snow but it wasn't sticking yet when the kids and I went through the area. Dh was following about 12 hours behind us. By the time he hit Flagstaff pulling a U-Haul trailer, they were in full snowplow mode trying to keep the roads clear. Trying to keep the trailer from walking away on the icy roads and taking his truck with it has left a bad taste in dh's mouth for the Flagstaff area lol! I really need to get him out there when it's not snowing so maybe he can see how beautiful it is lol.

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