Grand Canyon: Chews and Views

24 May


If you’re reading this, it means that it’s Tuesday, and the last day of my vacation….sigh. It’s been a great one – great food, great times, and at the grand canyon – great views! To mark the end of this great adventure, I thought I’d share some snapshots of the Grand Canyon portion of the trip.

We left Las Vegas on SatIMG_1396urday morning to drive to the Grand Canyon (about a 4 and 1/2 hour drive). On the way there, we stopped for lunch in the town of Williams, Arizona, at a restaurant called “Pancho McGillicudy’s” that appeared to be a cross between Mexican and an Irish pub. I’ll admit, my hopes were not high. But it was actually SO good (and way cheaper than our Vegas eats). Of course, Pancho started with chips and salsa. My mom and I each got the lunch special – that MASSIVE burrito for only about $8. The meat was grilled outdoors, right in front of us (I had chicken, she had beef), and it was filled with black beans, rice, cheese, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and more. It was really fresh-tasting, with lots of cilantro. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat all of that monster! Winking smile









In between lunch and supper, we saw the views above (and more)! Gotta love the Grand Canyon – hard to take a bad photo.


Supper was at the historic El Tovar hotel inside Grand Canyon National Park. I had some bread with the fancy monogrammed butter, part of my mom’s salad, and BUFFALO STRIP LOIN!




It was good, nice and tender with a fig sauce. Really, it just tasted like a good steak. If I didn’t know any better, that’s what I’d think it was. Didn’t eat much of the mashed potatoes. If they’re just plain, mashed potatoes don’t really do it for me.

After supper, we saw this:










Continental breakfast at our hotel was surprisingly awesome. I had all of the above (I never would have imagined such a great fruit selection at a continental breakfast). Made a nice mix of cereals – raisin bran, fruit loops and granola – 3 things I enjoy, but never have. There was also a ton of other hot stuff – boiled and scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, oatmeal, toast, pastries…it was great!


….Grand Canyon hike.






…up close and personal with a squirrel.


Canyon hike snack break.






For a vacation lunch, how can you get better than an ice cream cone (butter finger and cookie dough…YUM!) and then a pretzel, enjoyed outside, in front of the grand canyon?!?!






After lunch, how about a Grand Canyon Helicopter ride? Okay!









Supper at the hotel restaurant was surprisingly good. I enjoyed some of the bread and started with soup (vegetable with meatballs). Soup was good, not anything too special, but tasty nonetheless. IMG_1483








For my main course, I ordered something I enjoy but rarely get to eat – duck! I like duck ‘cause it’s all dark meat (best part of a bird). You just have to scrape off the thick skin/fat. It came with a IMG_1484delicious fruity sauce, a great selection of fresh, still crisp veggies, and mashed potatoes with smoked gouda and chiles – all delicious! I ate all the veggies, but left some of the potatoes and duck behind (it was hard though – they were tasty)!


We shared a piece of chocolate/banana/Bailey’s cake for dessert. Wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but it was GOOD!



So, all in all, it’s been a great vacation, full of lots of food and fun. I’ve enjoyed all my splurging, and tried not to stress to much. I won’t lie though, I’m looking forward to getting back to my usual, healthy eating….my body has been craving fresh fruits and veggies in a serious way!

What do you do to get back on track after vacation?


P.S. While I have been posting all during vacation, what you’ve seen on here is NOT all that I’ve eaten (although it would probably be better if it was). Depending on what’s going on this week, I may post more bits and bites from my photos…we’ll see how it goes!

3 Responses to “Grand Canyon: Chews and Views”

  1. Donna @ Love, Run & Travel May 24, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I would have eaten ALL that burrito!
    Did you love the grand canyon? I’m sooo jealous, i’m dying to get back there
    After vacation or when i need to detox like right now – we usually do a week of vegan food, it takes a lot of planning but all the plant based foods make me feel SO good after lots of splurging
    Hope you have safe travels home 🙂

  2. Catherine M.A. May 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Can’t wait to see you tonight, Hilary! Glad you and mom had so much fun!

  3. Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Everything looks so fantastic Hilary! I am super excited for you to come home and get back to your routine…

    I stock up on veggies and fruit when I get back from vacation…Lots of fruit, veggies, beans, whole grains, WATER WATER WATER and a few solid workouts and you will be back to normal in just a few days!

    I’m so glad you had an awesome trip! Jeff and I are talking about going on a trip next year…You’ve given me a bug I think!

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