Day: August 4, 2022

Western Rim Hike, Grand Canyon National Park

Friday, July 22, 2022

We caught the red line bus to the western part of the South Rim Trail, most of which is unpaved. We walked along the rim for an hour seeing very few people. No cars are allowed on this section, so bikers took advantage. Early in the morning it would be a great bike ride. We passed a small group that were on a bike tour. 

We caught the bus, went up a stop or two, then walked the last mile to Hermit’s Rest. I love this building that blends in with its surroundings. It has the most incredible fireplace!

Back at Ten-X Campground, we had to stay inside the Airstream. Yellow Jackets have infested the campground. They don’t sting you, but they buzz all around you and whatever food or drink you carry. 

We have been fortunate to have elk in our camp almost every day, mostly three males. Patty educated me on what males are called. they are spikes until their horns branch. Then they are called bulls. 

Breaker Breaker

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

In the afternoon we drove south 20 miles to the small community of Valle to try to find a breaker. Our air conditioner has been tripping a 30 amp breaker to the Inverter. We stopped at the Raptor Ranch Campground to ask where the hardware store was. “Across the road, turn right. It looks like a Tee Pee. 

Going into the store, a nice young lady greeted us from behind a counter and a glass front. I asked about breakers and she took us to the back, where there was a stack of dusty breakers. We found one that was close – not an exact match, but close. 

It was an interesting store, so I started looking around. In a small desert town, it had a little of everything. I asked the lady if she had DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), and she took me right to it. 

Outside, I opened the hood and started filling the DEF tank when a man asked if we needed help. It was hot, about 95 degrees, and he thought we were putting water in the radiator. 

While in town, we thought we should fill up with gas, so we went into a Shell Station. At the entrance there was a restored 1950’s gas station with restored cars all around. It was cool. Around the modern gas station were statues all around – a bear, elk, cougar, cowboy, Indians and more. It was a productive and interesting stop in the little town of Valle. 

A young elk bull came to visit again in our camp. How can you beat that? I cut off all power and replaced the breaker following a great video on the topic. At first I couldn’t get the new breaker to snap into position, but remembering the video showed a new breaker with grease in the catch. Mine didn’t have grease, so once I added some dielectric grease, it went right in. I am intimidated by 220 electric, but this is a pretty easy job.

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