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Grand Canyon National Park

By Ted Zaleski
November 11, 2011

My family has a special kinship with the Grand Canyon. I have backpacked with my second daughter and son and spent two nights camping at the Bright Angel campground. It was a true bonding trip, although it was tougher than we expected. The hike with all of the beauty and majesty from the trails was truly amazing. Another time, my wife, second daughter and my youngest daughter with me slowing them down hiked to the plateau and back on the same day, this too was a wonderful bonding trip since we spent so much time together. In total we have visited the Grand Canyon a total of six times and we live in Indiana. We are hoping to visit again this year; my son and second daughter have already backpacked into the Canyon this year. For those who have never set foot into the Canyon, they have not really seen it. Being on the trail is a new experience, even if for a mile.

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