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Flash Fiction- the Real Dream Vacation

Updated on January 6, 2020
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I have lived in Sedona since 2000. Weekend tourist traffic requires some patience, but durin weekdays Sedona retains small town charm.

The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon circa 1903
Grand Canyon circa 1903 | Source

A Vacation Takes Careful Planning

Sandi found Dan hunched over his laptop where he had been for two weeks whenever he wasn't working.

"Take a break." Sandi urged. "Want a glass of wine or a walk before dinner?"

Dan shook his head. "I'm almost finished. We will have plenty of time on our dream vacation."

She was sick of hearing about it, but a vacation sounded good. The last four days would be restful on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Dan was taking photos for an article on the Kaibab Squirrel which is only found in a 20 to 40 mile area on the Kaibab Plateau. Their stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge would be paid for.

A little relaxation and a change of scenery might improve their relationship.

The itinerary included Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and Chaco Canyon before they arrived at the North Rim.

In the morning, Dan packed his equipment and made an appointment with one of the Park Rangers for background information. He returned really excited about his project and described the squirrels and their antics in great detail.

"They sound squirrely." she said, laughing at her own joke.

"You've got to come and see them tomorrow."

They hiked to a remote spot on the Rim to the stand of pines where Dan had taken his photographs. They sat on a rock on the edge of the rim watching and waiting. Then, Dan said he needed to relieve himself.

He turned, and then pivoted, and rushed toward her with a strange look on his face. Sandi realized what he intended. It was a good thing she pulled back and stuck out her foot just in time.

Sandi mused that it really was her dream vacation. A Grand Canyon "divorce" was less expensive and much quicker than a traditional one.

Kaibab Squirrel


The North Rim

Millions visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon each year, but have you ever visited the North Rim?

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Looking Into the Canyon

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