As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the farthest vista point to the east of the village is the Desert View Watchtower, which is a 25-mile drive from the entrance to the South Rim, and is located towards the entrance to the East Rim. The area where the watchtower stands are surrounded by the Visitor Center, a caféteria, restrooms, a gas station, and campgrounds.
Only three miles away from the Desert View Watchtower, I asked Roan to stop at the next possible area where there is a restroom because my bladder couldn’t hold the call of nature any longer. We took advantage of the rest stop, and explored the Tusayan Museum and Ruins. It was small, but it held a lot of history of the former inhabitants of the Grand Canyon.
The months leading up to my departure from the Philippines, I wrote a list of places I wish to see and things I want to do when I arrive in the US. I ticked some of them off of my list in no time, but some places require traveling to another city/state, which I knew wouldn’t happen overnight. Who knew that in just ten months, I would have been to more places—both within and outside San Diego—than all my in-laws have, combined? Definitely not this girl. If it isn’t obvious enough, the Grand Canyon was on my travel bucket list.
Roan turned 29 in January, and since we practice giving each other the ‘gift of traveling’ instead of tangible things, we agreed to drive 500+ miles to Arizona for his post-birthday celebration. We left at 5:30AM on a Friday, and arrived in Tusayan, AZ after about ten hours (with several stopovers), where we booked a hotel for the weekend.