Grand Canyon National Park

Just the other day the Magic House, now that it is working again, transported us to a place called Arizona. We found ourselves in a KOA Kampground in a city called Williams. Williams is about 50 miles away from Grand Canyon National Park.GuillermosTravels.comOn the way to the park we met a friendly bear named Smokey the Bear and he took me for a walk and taught me about forest fire prevention saying only you can prevent wild fires. That is a big responsibility for such a small dog!

Here we are at the Tusayan Ranger Station just outside Grand Canyon National Park

Here we are at the Tusayan Ranger Station just outside Grand Canyon National Park

Mama, Papa and I went into the park after hanging out with Smokey and what we saw was amazing; there was a huge hole cut out of the earth!

Excuse me you are in my picture. Mama was taking a picture of these nice people while Papa kept trying to get my attention.

Excuse me, you are in my picture. Mama was taking a picture of these nice people while Papa kept trying to get my attention.

There we go. Now where was I?

There we go. Now where was I?

Oh yes, as you can see the sky is quite cloudy. It was also very cold and windy so we went back to the Magic House for the day.

We saw some Elk on the side of the road but a Forest Ranger made us move on. It felt like a Move along people nothing to see here moment.

No stopping to look at the wild life...

No stopping to look at the wild life…

On the way back to the Magic House we met Fred Flinstone outside Bedrock. We didn’t go into Bedrock as it seemed to entirely target children.

FlinstonesMe being the equivalent of and 18 year old human, as far as development goes, I felt I was a little old for such behavior.

The next day Mama and Papa left me back at the Magic House saying I wasn’t allowed where they were going that day. Papa assured me I would hear all about it when they came back.

I have no idea how long they were gone; it could have been five minutes and it could have been two days. My sense of time is terrible.

However when they got home what they showed me was incredible!

They told me they took the free bus tour along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The first stop was an overview of the Bright Angel Fault line.

Here if part of the trail you can hike down into.

Here is part of the trail you can hike down into.

Here you can see the fault line in the middle down at the bottom.

Here you can see the fault line in the middle down at the bottom.

They made their way farther along the bus ride and saw some great views of the Grand Canyon.

Hanging over the cliff Majestic CanyonFinally at the far end of the trail they came to Historic Hermit’s Rest.

The lady sitting down in the background had apperantly broken her ankle in two places just three weeks ago. Impressive she was able to get there if you ask me!

Here they were able to get some of the delicious Grand Canyon Spring water from one of the free fill stations that are around the park.Grand Canyon Spring Water Fill StationInside the Hermit’s Rest cabin there is a gift shop and a HUGE hearth that even humans can walk into!

Hermit's Rest HearthJust outside is a great view with a passage from the Bible on a plaque carved from wood. The passage is Psalms 68 4.

Unfortunately the sun was so bright no matter the setting the picture was washed out.

Unfortunately the sun was so bright no matter the setting the picture was washed out.

This being the end of the road it was time for Mama and Papa to come home to me.

They rewarded my time sitting in my kennel by taking me to the dog run at the KOA Kampground. In the dog run there was a small agility course.

I have never been on one of those so Mama ran me through it. Boy did I fail! I am terrible at these things!

Guillermostravels.com has now moved on to New Mexico in a city called Gallup.

Last night Mama and Papa went to the Fire Rock Casino and Papa is doing a review of a great band they saw called Tequila Rain for the magazine he is writing for rockoveramerica.com. These guys are very talented.

If you have never been to Grand Canyon National Park I highly recommend going there. Photos just don’t do this place justice. If you have been there then you know what I mean.

Stranded in Las Vegas

Yesterday Mama and Papa started cleaning up and putting everything in the Magic House the way they always do right before the Magic House transports us to a new place. Now we are stranded in Las Vegas and it is very hot.

Almost ready to go

Almost ready to go

We stopped at the front of the of the RV park and turned off the Magic House. We were there for a long time after that.

Papa tried and tired and tired to get it running again but it did not feel like waking up.

Papa found a good photo op while the Magic House was sleeping

Papa found a good photo op while the Magic House was sleeping.

We had a mobile mechanic on the way but Papa tried starting the Magic House one more time. Go figure it woke up and off we went to Camping World to have them looked at it.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, this particular location does not do repairs and ever since we got here last night we have been here. Papa can’t get it to wake up anymore.

View out our window

View out our window

Papa says that something called the fuel pump is bad and we can’t leave Las Vegas until it is replaced. So we are staying here until tomorrow and then we will be towed off to the other location so they can replace the pump Monday.

I am very warm here but Mama and Papa are doing their best to keep me cool. I’m told us French Bulldogs do not handle heat well. I think the people that say that are right. I hope it is not so hot tomorrow.

Can I have that

I will update you later on GuillermosTravels.com about us being stranded in Las Vegas.

Don't worry though. All is well. Things always work out when you stay positive and be grateful

Don’t worry though. All is well. Things always work out when you stay positive and stay grateful!

Family tamale recipe with Enrique and family (Las Vegas)

Just the other day we went over to Enrique’s house and his mother taught Mama and Papa how to make her family tamale recipe! Papa loves tamales and was very excited to learn their secrets.

These are most of the Ingredients for the tamales

These are most of the Ingredients for the tamales

Mixing the needed ingredients into the Masa to get the right consistency.

Mixing the needed ingredients into the Masa to get the right consistency.

Aaron, Mom and Enrique

After cooking the chilies and the filling they were almost ready to assemble. This is a lot of work!

Almost ready to assemble

Almost ready to assemble.

They made three types of tamales. Chicken and vegetable, pork and chili and finally the pineapple raisin sweet tamales.

The sweet ones taste like pineapple upside down cake!

I couldn’t help but notice the smell of the pork and chicken.

Pork and Chili filling

Pork and Chili filling

Any chance I could have some of that?

Any chance I could have some of that?

Apparently they were too spicy for me and had grains that aren’t good for me.

So I didn't get any...

So I didn’t get any…

Once everything was ready to assemble they got into an assembly line and started making tamales after tamale.

Enrique brought a very large steamer pot in and in went the tamales.

Tamales in cooker

Tamales cookingWhen the pot was about half full they put on the lid and steamed the tamales for what seemed like an eternity.

One hour later they were ready and as you can see there are a lot! This doesn’t even include the sweet pineapple ones!

They made a bunch of them!

They made a bunch of them!

An hour later they were ready and it was time to dig in.

Final Product

Final Product

It had been a long day and the sun was coming down. So as usual we piled into the truck and headed home to the Magic House.Las Vegas SkyAs per usual with our adventures when It came time to head home I wasted no time falling asleep. Papa’s leg makes a good rest.

Out....

Out….

See you next time on GuillermosTravels.com!