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January 10, 2012 7:50 AM Subscribe
Grand Canyon in April with an eighty year old and a ten year old . Bad idea?
posted by bondcliff to travel & transportation around Grand Canyon, AZ (18 answers total)
We’re considering taking my mom to the Grand Canyon this April as an early 80th birthday present. We’ve accepted that we won’t be able to do anything more than short, easy hikes, and for her age she’s quite perky and mobile, but we’re wondering what else we can do with her.
Long drives. We don’t mind sitting in a car all day, driving around and stopping at various sites. What about off-roading? In California we had a small SUV and were able to take some dirt roads and side trails in the desert. Are there opportunities for this at the GC? Keep in mind we’ll also need to keep my ten year old somewhat occupied.
Scenic flights. Assuming we can convince her to get into a small plane or a helicopter, and assuming we can afford it, are these worth it? Can we, say, take a ride down into the canyon, walk around, and get a ride back out?
I’ll just assume rafting is out, unless you prove me wrong.
In the event we did want to do some hiking is there something we could send her off to alone for the day? Like a bus tour or something? (lest you think I’m a horrible person for even considering this, she’d probably be ok with it, as long as it was guided and there was no chance of her getting lost, and it would help to assuage some of the inevitable guilt she will feel for holding us back.)
What about that crazy glass walkway that overhangs the Canyon? Is that too difficult to get to from the "main" side of the park? I would totally dare my mom to do that.
What other activities might be suitable for her that the rest of us would also enjoy? Figure we’d probably be there for the better part of a week.