The window of opportunity was quickly closing for having a trip with Evan (12) and Stefan (just turned 15). How long could we take their fidgeting in the back seat of the car. Denise realized that we needed a larger vehicle, at least a van. We got a Motor Home. Besides a few photos the best documentation of the trip was Evan's diary. Told from the unique perspective of a 12 year old it captures the essence of the experience.
During our visit to the Grand Canyon in 2013 we checked out Mile One, the beginning of the National Park and where the boat excursions put into the Colorado River.
Denise and I drove back from Phoenix in 2010. In New Mexico we crossed the ominous White Sands Missile Range with its heaps of boulders on our way to cavort in White Sands National Park. It was cold and windy but we had fun.