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Old 07-03-2012, 09:25 PM   #31
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All of the rappelling excursions that we saw were too long to fit into our free time.


On the way to Monument Valley, you will be on the bus for 3 hours. Then, you'll be off for lunch and the 'open truck' tour. Then, back on for another 3 hours. During this time, a kids movie was playing on the coach. I used that time for a nap. DH uploaded pictures onto his iPad. I would definitely recommend having something to stay entertained and comfortable.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #32
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That is good to know! Thanks for the info!

I just read through all of the trip reports and took lots of notes!

My girls want to go to the spa at the enchantment resort.Does anyone know if there is a sign up sheet for that or should I call and make reservations?
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:09 AM   #33
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meet and greet

Looking forward to meeting the Patterson family and toasting your second year together (cotton?). Looks like we have something in common...Michael and I also took the Viva Italia ABD. We've sailed to Alaska past our house on the Wonder with the ABD add-on (and cruised the Caribbean on the Magic), and I spent New Year's at Aulani. We were just in New York at spring break and absolutely loved it!

I'm curious...you don't mention Paris Disneyland in your blurb. Did you not go there?

The spa sounds amazing!

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Old 07-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #34
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We are looking foreward to meeting you guys too. We want to do Aulani and the Alaskan Cruise too so you'll have to fill us in on those trips. They sound great.

We loved Viva Italia. The people we went with were so nice. Knights and Lights was fun too. We didn't go to Disneyland Paris unfortunately during that trip. I should have added it on but I didn't think about it until we got there.

We live about 2 hours south of New York City. Just close enough to visit when we want and just far enough away to miss the commuting traffic! It's great for the holidays. We go up to see a show every so often too.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #35
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I looked up the menu for the Chi-Ah-Che at the Enchantment resort in Sedona. It looks very yummy! I made reservations for Tii Gavo instead (July 31st at 6:30 in case anyone wants to join us!) because I think my kids will like that food better. I also made the girls spa reservations at 4:15 at Mi Amo. A little pricer than we are used to in NJ but it is a lifetime experience!

I tried making reservations at El Tovar for 8/2 but I got a voice message. I think I am going to make them late - like around 8pm since Erin wants to do a little hiking that afternoon.

Full Moon Rising in the Grand Canyon at 7:50pm on August 2nd! Might be a good photo op!
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I made El Tovar reservations for 7. They responded to my reservation request by e-mail and phone. That is great about the full moon!

I had in mind the Elote Cafe at the Kings Ransom Sedona Hotel night 2, because Michael favours Mexican cuisine. No reservations for that one.

I was going to book the afternoon horseback ride in Moab day 6. I'm not going to bother with spas on this trip, being with my teenaged son. They have an amazing spa at Aulani, with a unique teen spa component your daughters would be sure to enjoy (sigh).

Michael and I were just in Seattle for the weekend...saw Les Miz. He's now off at film camp in L.A. I'll be joining him at the end of camp for the showcase, before our Grand Canyon adventure!

Do you know how close we end up to the fires in Colorado?
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:29 AM   #37
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When you are in Sedona, you stay quite a ways outside of town. You will have to call a cab if you eat anywhere other than Enchantment Resort.

Horseback riding would probably be fun, but if your son is at least 16, he might prefer the ATV trip. It was so much fun!
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:41 AM   #38
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I wondered about the restaurant. Our booklet said our guides will be "happy to make arrangements for a meal...in town", so it seemed like a valid option. My son recently informed me he doesn't care for southwestern food (and he had lamb's tongue in Seattle so I allow his discretion whenever possible)...I guess I'll play this one by ear.

I'd be first in line for the ATV and would like to gallop through the desert, too. My son doesn't take risks of any sort so I'm envisioning our horses chained together and moseying along for hours.

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I didn't realize that the enchantment resort was far from town. That is good to know! I was going to try to look around while the gals were "spa-ing".

I think we are going to go ATVing. At Moab. I told everyone to pack some "disposable clothing".

I think our El Tovar reservations are at 7:15.

We leave two weeks from today! Yay! (we are going to spend a few days in Tucson before the trip)
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I just noticed the horseback rides in Moab leave at 8:30 or 4:30. I'm guessing the later time will conflict with the group dinner that evening?

We were also going to explore the town at Sedona for the afternoon. I think we'll probably stay for an early supper if it's far from the resort.
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Keith- If you enjoy golf, they do have a 6 hole (I think) chipping course to play.

MiceRNice- Everyone in our group did the early morning horseback ride.
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...how does the horseback ride fit in with Arches National Park gig? I'm confused...I thought we had the afternoon free, not the morning. Michael and I could go golfing on the chip course but wouldn't it be too hot for that?
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...how does the horseback ride fit in with Arches National Park gig? I'm confused...I thought we had the afternoon free, not the morning. Michael and I could go golfing on the chip course but wouldn't it be too hot for that?
Arches Day- You have the afternoon free. It's the adult only dinner night, so you would miss it if you did horses.

The next day is a free morning before rafting. That's when our group did horses/ATV.
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I booked the morning horseback ride. Thanks for the tip! It should be a glorious vacation and getting closer every day
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Hello. My family is considering this trip for July 2013 ( me, DH, DS1 (11) and DS2 (9) I have enjoyed reading everyone comments about this trip. I was wondering - some mentioned making reservations to different restaurants prior to going on their trip. Is this something that needs to be done? If so, how did you learn about the restaurants? Thanks
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