No outfit pictures today, as on day 16 we went to the Grand Canyon. Quite honestly, my warmly bundled outfit was not worth documenting (not to mention we had to be up, dressed, and waiting at the train depot by 8:45am to catch the train to the Grand Canyon, and apparently Egyptomaniac is not an early riser or photographer when on vacation).
So instead I'll just share some of the pictures I took throughout the day:
I think of everything we had planned on this trip for Child to see, as parents we were the most excited to show him the Grand Canyon. We wanted to make the day as special as we could, so rather than just drive into the park we decided to take the Grand Canyon Express train. It was about an 1 1/2 hour train ride, complete with a guide, live guitar and banjo folk music, wild elk sightings, and an old fashioned train robbery. As a little boy obsessed with trains, this was about the coolest thing imaginable for Child. It was a most perfect way to get to the Grand Canyon, if you ask me.
It was bitterly cold once we got there, but Husband said this was actually a good thing, as during the summer months apparently the park is absolutely packed with people. I will say it was relativity un-crowded which was nice. But the cold, snow, and ice did make it harder to enjoy the views. I was terrified of Child slipping on a patch of ice and falling, and it was so cold it was hard to stand in once place for any length of time--we had to keep going back inside the buildings to thaw out frequently.
Look Ma-- no barrier! If I would have taken 5 steps back, I would have plummeted to my death here. Husband was having a hissy-fit while he took this picture, as I'm not the most stable on my feet sometimes.
My coat is the Lands End Cire Down Parka, in sz. XS. I haven't bought or worn a winter coat since I moved to Texas 9 years ago, but I was so, so, so happy with this purchase! I loved the color, loved the fit, loved the warmth, loved the price! First off, the sleeves were long enough--hooray! I loved the quilting and the details on the coat too. It has faux fur trim on the hood, but the trim is detachable without being forced to remove the whole hood (though I was kind of fond of the fuzzy trim, personally). And it was warm! Very warm, without being super bulky. In short, I felt like a much more expensive coat than I actually paid. I love it when that happens!
Sadly, about half way through the day, Child developed a pretty severe case of altitude sickness. He became very tired and listless and got an intense headache (he's never had a headache in his life) and he ended up sleeping through the entire train ride home, the rest of the night, and on through almost the entire next day. It frightened us pretty badly, as in times past even at his sickest Child has never been like that. It was absolutely awful to see him in so much pain and so completely out of it. At several times during the day he was actually crying tears because his head hurt so bad. We called the family doctor, but apparently there isn't much to be done for a child with altitude sickness.
Fortunately, once we started heading back for Texas and out of the high altitudes, he started feeling better. It is just sad to know Child's first memory of the Grand Canyon will always be linked with being sick.