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Old 05-29-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Arizona & Utah: Cowboys & Canyons (formerly Southwest Splendors) Meets Thread

Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Arizona & Utah (& the Grand Canyon) with ABD.

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Old 05-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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Strongly thinking about this adult-only trip. Either this or the offshore canyons of the Cayman Islands.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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I would love to have thoughts and past experiences about this trip. I am very interest in doing this with my family.


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Old 06-08-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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I would love to have thoughts and past experiences about this trip. I am very interest in doing this with my family.


Hi, disneychard! And welcome to the ABD Forum!!

As folks around here know, I absolutely love this itinerary!! It was the first ABD I did, back in 2008, and it was a FABULOUS vacation experience! I've been hooked on ABD ever since.

If you want to know my thoughts & past experiences with this trip, just follow the link in my Signature to my Southwest Splendors Trip Report! It's a very detailed, photo-filled report. The itinerary has changed a little since I took it (mostly at the Grand Canyon because they now stay at the Rim of the Canyon, and we stayed outside the park, something I see as a big improvement!). But I think it will still give you a good idea of how the trip runs, and what it's like, and why I think it's so fabulous!

Let me know if you have any specific questions!

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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I leave in a week and a half. I'll be happy to answer questions when I return. I am NOT an outdoors girl, and I've actually been having dreams (and nightmares!) about things that could go wrong on this trip. So, when this inside loving girl returns with a positive report (I hope!), you'll know that it's a great trip.

We called to check, and there will be about 45 people in our group! This was a shock to us b/c we had less than 25 on our Spirit of America trip.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:27 PM   #7
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I leave in a week and a half. I'll be happy to answer questions when I return. I am NOT an outdoors girl, and I've actually been having dreams (and nightmares!) about things that could go wrong on this trip. So, when this inside loving girl returns with a positive report (I hope!), you'll know that it's a great trip.

We called to check, and there will be about 45 people in our group! This was a shock to us b/c we had less than 25 on our Spirit of America trip.
Huh. So much for having a max of 40 people on an ABD!

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My DS and I went on SWS last summer. If there is anything specific you'd like to know, I'll be glad to answer if I can. For the 2013 itinerary one hotel has changed and they added an activity or two, but it's mostly the same.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #9
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Thank you so much, I read your whole report, I really enjoy it.



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Hi, disneychard! And welcome to the ABD Forum!!

As folks around here know, I absolutely love this itinerary!! It was the first ABD I did, back in 2008, and it was a FABULOUS vacation experience! I've been hooked on ABD ever since.

If you want to know my thoughts & past experiences with this trip, just follow the link in my Signature to my Southwest Splendors Trip Report! It's a very detailed, photo-filled report. The itinerary has changed a little since I took it (mostly at the Grand Canyon because they now stay at the Rim of the Canyon, and we stayed outside the park, something I see as a big improvement!). But I think it will still give you a good idea of how the trip runs, and what it's like, and why I think it's so fabulous!

Let me know if you have any specific questions!

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Old 06-09-2012, 04:13 AM   #10
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Thank you so much, I read your whole report, I really enjoy it.
Glad to hear it!

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:33 AM   #11
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Hi everyone;

My sixteen-year old son and I are taking the July 30 - August 5 tour. This will be my second trip to the Grand Canyon and his first.

We've enjoyed other Adventures and are looking forward to this one.

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:38 AM   #12
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Hi everyone;

My sixteen-year old son and I are taking the July 30 - August 5 tour. This will be my second trip to the Grand Canyon and his first.

We've enjoyed other Adventures and are looking forward to this one.

Karen
Have either of you been to Sedona or Arches? Those are spectacular, too!

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Well...when I say I've been to the Grand Canyon before, I should add that I was in grade three at the time, which means over forty years ago! I remember the spectacular canyon, but it will be a whole new trip for me this go around.
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Well...when I say I've been to the Grand Canyon before, I should add that I was in grade three at the time, which means over forty years ago! I remember the spectacular canyon, but it will be a whole new trip for me this go around.
You're going to love it!

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Yes, I read your report and I'm very excited...

Not sure about the "Cowboy" part, though. I always associate cowboys with horses, but these cowboys ride around on ATVs!
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