Colorado River

Old Postcards

Uncovered from an archaeological dig in my grandmother’s old desk, this is a group of old postcards dating from the 1960s and ’70s — some even earlier. Beginning in the west then heading east.

On back: Although one of the older hotels in Waikiki, its unique architecture, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and famed Waikiki Beach at its back makes this Sheraton Hotel a favorite of many notables.
On back: Although one of the older hotels in Waikiki, its unique architecture, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and famed Waikiki Beach at its back makes this Sheraton Hotel a favorite of many notables.
On back: The Royal Hawaiian -- The Hotel on Waikiki Beach.
On back: The Royal Hawaiian — The Hotel on Waikiki Beach.
On back: The Golden Gate Bridge brings Northern California and the San Francisco Bay cities into closer and rapid contact. This imposing structure has the largest single span of any bridge in the world, 4200 feet. The total width of the bridge is 90 feet. It has two pedestrian walkways and six lanes for automobile traffic.
On back: The Golden Gate Bridge brings Northern California and the San Francisco Bay cities into closer and rapid contact. This imposing structure has the largest single span of any bridge in the world, 4200 feet. The total width of the bridge is 90 feet. It has two pedestrian walkways and six lanes for automobile traffic.
On front: Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
On front: Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
On front: Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
On front: Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
On Front: The Climb from Eaton's Canyon. Auto Road to Mt. Wilson, California.
On Front: The Climb from Eaton’s Canyon. Auto Road to Mt. Wilson, California.
On front: Arroyo Seco. Colorado Street Bridge. Pasadena, Cal.
On front: Arroyo Seco. Colorado Street Bridge. Pasadena, Cal.
On front: A shady nook in Laurel Canyon. Hollywood, California.
On front: A shady nook in Laurel Canyon. Hollywood, California.
On front: A modern Spanish Type home in California.
On front: A modern Spanish Type home in California.
On back: Bob Hope's beautiful Palm Springs, California home and swimming pool.
On back: Bob Hope’s beautiful Palm Springs, California home and swimming pool.
On back: This great Colorado River aqueduct carries the precious water that is the very life's blood of Southern California. This marvel of engineering crosses hundreds of miles of arid deserts and mountains before reaching Southern California. It passes across the desert a few miles north of Palm Springs.
On back: This great Colorado River aqueduct carries the precious water that is the very life’s blood of Southern California. This marvel of engineering crosses hundreds of miles of arid deserts and mountains before reaching Southern California. It passes across the desert a few miles north of Palm Springs.
On back: FUTURE LOOK ... Artist's rendering depicts the future look of the all new Desert Inn and Country Club. When completed, the resort will house a spacious new casino and lavish shops and luxurious restaurants. Completion scheduled for mid-1978.
On back: FUTURE LOOK … Artist’s rendering depicts the future look of the all new Desert Inn and Country Club. When completed, the resort will house a spacious new casino and lavish shops and luxurious restaurants. Completion scheduled for mid-1978.
On back: One of the most beautiful drives in the Southwest, is that going out North Central Avenue in Phoenix -- a palm-lined lane, flanked by stately residences and orchards.
On back: One of the most beautiful drives in the Southwest, is that going out North Central Avenue in Phoenix — a palm-lined lane, flanked by stately residences and orchards.
On front: A desert road, Arizona.
On front: A desert road, Arizona.
On front: Country Club Park, Phoenix, Arizona.
On front: Country Club Park, Phoenix, Arizona.
On back: MOTORCYCLE RACE, Daytona Beach, Florida, "Speed Capital of the World." World championships are decided annually in the 100-mile and 200-mile motorcycle races on the beach course.
On back: MOTORCYCLE RACE, Daytona Beach, Florida, “Speed Capital of the World.” World championships are decided annually in the 100-mile and 200-mile motorcycle races on the beach course.

Toroweap: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Carol and I visited Toroweap on the way home from a summer trip to Colorado. Toroweap is on the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the Arizona Strip. The road to the rim of The Canyon is 50+ miles of dirt and silt, finished off with lots of rocks the last few miles. There’s only a few NPS campgrounds, which consists of a table and fire ring. From the rim at Toroweap, you can look straight down 3,000′ to the Colorado River without railings or other people.

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The drive to the rim of the canyon is generally easy and fast. Of course, weather can degrade road conditions making it impassible.
The drive to the rim of the canyon is generally easy and fast, at least until the last few miles which are rocky and slow-going. Of course, weather can degrade road conditions making it impassible. Start in Kanab, UT, then drive south to the Arizona Strip. Stop before you plummet into the canyon.
One day we were driving out to visit some nearby petroglyphs and ran into this guy in a little Suzuki car stuck in a deep siltbed.
One day we were driving away from the canyon to visit some nearby petroglyphs and ran into this guy in a little Suzuki car stuck in a deep silt bed. He kept saying “… but it’s four wheel drive!” Uh, yeah, right.
Looking upstream along the Rio Colorado from Toroweap.
Looking upstream along the Rio Colorado from Toroweap.

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The local residents at Toroweap weren't happy about sharing the neighborhood with the tourists.
The local residents at Toroweap weren’t happy about sharing the neighborhood with tourists.
The view from our campsite.
The view from our campsite.
Our campsite. That rip in the earth, about 1/4 mile behind us, is the Grand Canyon. You really can't see it until you get to the edge.
Our campsite. That rip in the earth, about 1/4 mile behind us, is the Grand Canyon. You really can’t see it until you get to the edge.
Summer temps were very warm, so we just left the ingredients in the sun to "cook" dinner.
Summer temps were very warm, so we just left the ingredients in the sun to “cook” dinner.
Toroweap is the only place in the Grand Canyon where you can look straight down, 3,000 feet, to the river.
Toroweap is the only place in the Grand Canyon where you can look straight down to the river, 3,000 feet below.
Finding the nearby petroglyphs required about 20 miles of driving on remote roads, and a 10 minute, cross-country hike. And some orienteering.
Finding the nearby Nampaweap Petroglyphs required about 20 miles of driving on remote roads, and a 10 minute, cross-country hike. And some orienteering.