Uncle K and Aunt K were going on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, so they got up early to watch the sun rise before they left. Aunt K called our room at 6:30am because she couldn’t find her driver’s license and thought maybe it got lost in our room the night before. The phone call woke up Little Monkey, who had slept the entire night still in his own bed and he didn’t go back to sleep. So we got up and watched VeggieTales and got ready to go have breakfast. Aunt K ended up finding her driver’s license in the shorts she wore to dinner the night before. We went to our lodge and had breakfast with Grandpa and Aunt S and decided to take a ride on the train that night after dinner. We also decided that we would meet up with Uncle K and Aunt K when they got back and take the free shuttle to see more of the Grand Canyon and to go see the IMAX movie.
We rode the shuttle up to Hopi Point, with stops along the way. We got out and walked around and took pictures. Many of them seem to look just like all the other pictures of the Grand Canyon. It was cool to get to see some other points though. After getting up to Hopi Point, we took the shuttle back to the starting place and got on a different shuttle that would take us to just outside the park to the IMAX movie. We bought tickets for the movie and then went across the street to eat lunch at a place called “We Cook Pizza and Pasta.” It was recommended to us by some people we met on the shuttle. They are living at the Grand Canyon right now, doing some volunteer work. It was very good.
After eating lunch, we went over to watch the IMAX movie. Little Monkey couldn’t sit still to save himself. He walked between all of us for a while and even threw a water bottle. Thankfully it landed on Aunt S and me and not someone else in the theater! He eventually sat down in a sit and watched the movie. At one point in the movie, it was showing different animals. The theater was VERY quiet and a large spider came on the screen. Little Monkey sees it and goes, “Ribbit!” very loudly. Lots of people laughed and he said it a few more times. Closer to the end of the movie there was a hang glider flying around the Grand Canyon. Little Monkey kept saying, “Whee! Whee!” the entire time it was going on. After the movie was over, we went next door to the fire station so Big Monkey could see about getting a shirt. The fire truck was out on a call though, so no luck there. We caught a shuttle back to the park and split up. Uncle K, Aunt S, and Aunt K went to look at another section of the Grand Canyon, while Grandpa, Big Monkey, Little Monkey and I went back to get ready for dinner and get Little Monkey a nap.
We all met back up for a nice dinner at El Tovar. Unfortunately, Aunt S was not feeling well during dinner and left early with Uncle K to go rest in her room. She ended up missing the train ride since she wasn’t feeling well. After we finished dinner, Big Monkey, Little Monkey, Grandpa, Aunt K and I went on the train ride. We were hoping to see lots of wildlife but only Grandpa and Big Monkey ended up seeing some deer. Little Monkey enjoyed the ride and loved sticking his head out the window. We had a good time just hanging out and chatting while looking at the scenery.
When we got off the train, Grandpa headed back to his room for the night, as did Aunt K. We took Little Monkey with us and got some ice cream and bought our souvenirs. We also packed our stuff, condensing some luggage, to make leaving in the morning easier.