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Viking Invades Alaska!

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Enjoying your write-up. It is a long time since I was in San Francisco-I thought that the BART might have been an option to the airport?
Yes indeed. But I’ve found after a long flight the brain doesn’t function well enough to battle with transport so we go easy! We did the train in Stockholm but got lazy here.
 
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Lovely sunny day in Grand Canyon. Have some lovely photos but internet here is awful so will have some catching up on Tuesday our time. And a major drama that ended up ok. Just a booking I’d done went pear shape.
 

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Lovely sunny day in Grand Canyon. Have some lovely photos but internet here is awful so will have some catching up on Tuesday our time. And a major drama that ended up ok. Just a booking I’d done went pear shape.
Oh no. Not MrP's hike I hope.
 

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Internet seems to be working. Will try post pics from yesterday. Nah. Not happening. Tuesday.
 

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So the issue. Ages ago I booked through Booking.com at Thunderbird Lodge. The Thunderbird lodge I’d checked on TA as basic but comfortable. Rustic. I had searched for Grand Canyon lodge accommodation. Beauty. Now it has taken a flight from Phoenix then a 2 hour shuttle to get to the Grand Canyon. Still jet lagged (is taking forever to go) we arrive at the lodge only to find that the Thunderbird Lodge I’d booked was a four hour drive and they proceeded to give me directions. But but but - we don’t have a car. The clerk could see my horror and distress and went back office. I know these lodges are booked out months in advance. Screwed comes to mind. Anyways in one of the other GC lodges (think there are four) she had found accommodation for a night and not three. Expensive and extremely, for this area, upmarket. Now, upmarket means moose heads in the Grand, which isn’t, entrance. We grabbed it on the spot and then they confirmed we could have it for three nights. Room is great. We have, well, let’s make that had, a room with GC view which is today, Sunday, a white out.

The manager came out before we left and said they were lodging a complaint with booking.com as the Hotel was misrepresenting itself as a GC lodge and this happens many many times and mostly people are sent away but we got totally lucky. I managed to cancel the bad booking before the charge kicked in, by 1 hour, and have that stated in an email but then they sent an email saying they were charging anyway. I’ve also lodged a complaint with booking.com - I’m at genius level there with multiple accommodation booked through them this trip and also previously, - about this charge and the misrepresentation. We shall see.
 
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I swear AFFer has prepared me for events like this. We arrived somewhere in Iceland and as we were the only guests, the owner/manager simply refused to open the doors on arrival.

Survival mode kicked in and found something else for the night and hubby was surprised by how calm I was.

Hoping the weather clears for the you!
 

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@Denali Lookie.
I swear AFFer has prepared me for events like this. We arrived somewhere in Iceland and as we were the only guests, the owner/manager simply refused to open the doors on arrival.

Survival mode kicked in and found something else for the night and hubby was surprised by how calm I was.

Hoping the weather clears for the you!
I found a poncho for MrDenali. Internet too dodgy to post a picture but will do so Tuesday. Indian American. Made in China.
Currently 2.30pm. Temperature - Zero. Freakin summer.
 

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What is it about groups of American travellers when in a group that they start singing? We are upstairs in the lounge lobby as we can’t venture out: we currently have a grand piano on autoplay, some of which is carp, we have a TV going showing baseball and they start singing something completely different. Out comes the ear plugs on goes the loud volume and I start up my fun. It’s all a bit tragic really. The only thing people are here for they cannot possibly see and there is no other entertainment other than people watching. Oh, and to add to the joy the hotel is replacing all the locks. Our room is surrounded by 4 linen stores that are first up. As we ventured out this morning with gear and cords and vacuums for the dust they are making, they thank us for helping making America a safer place. Oh my gosh it’s quite hysterical.
 

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Please god the white out will end and you will get the view you deserve (and now paid for) after all the angst. Hope MrP gets a hike in as well; didn’t you book something else after the first one went pear shaped?
Perhaps you could join the singalong choir. :D
 

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Please god the white out will end and you will get the view you deserve (and now paid for) after all the angst. Hope MrP gets a hike in as well; didn’t you book something else after the first one went pear shaped?
Perhaps you could join the singalong choir. :D
We got the view yesterday. It was a lovely day and some great snaps. Just can’t post them yet.

The choir - weird songs kind of like Hillsong? I started Adele and weirdly the group moved on.
 

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I am enjoying people watching. I must say everyone yesterday was lovely and friendly. Very polite and nice. The sun was shining then. I think after the whole day of rain and being cooped up inside places that aren’t designed for that there might be some grumpies

Just can’t load up photos though.
 
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