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Our Farewells from Phoenix – California & the Canyons

Dear Parents and Trip Members,

We can’t believe by the time this reaches you our adventure together will have come to an end!  To catch you up on our last few days, we arrived at the Grand Canyon and for many, caught a first glimpse of the spectacular view!  The Bright Angel Trail led us a mile into the canyon, the same trail used by visitors hoping to reach the Colorado River.

After a good night’s sleep in Flagstaff, we headed for the Pink Jeep Tours in Sedona.  Our tour guides, including Gary and Duff, shared with us the history of the Coconino National Forest, the agave plant, and the many rock formations, including the Simpsons and the Sphinx.  Our thrilling backcountry rides ended with plenty of time to explore the local shops and eateries.  Rattlesnake meat and cactus fries were definitely the most interesting lunch choices!

California & the Canyons - Pink Jeep Tour

Our final day together flew by!  With an optional sleep in, lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and pool and gym time, we couldn’t believe the time for banquet arrived so quickly.  Dinner, dancing, awards, and sharing our favorite moments brought our final evening to a close.

It truly is hard to believe that in only a few short hours we will be saying goodbye!  It seems only yesterday we were meeting for the first time at the San Francisco Airport.  So many wonderful friendships and memories have been made, ones we hope will last a lifetime.  From all your Cali & the Canyons staff, thanks for following us on this journey together.  To our incredible trip members, we will never forget you and all our laughs and good times together!  Don’t be strangers!


Daniel, Jolie, Jill, Michael, Priya and Jenna