The date was October 29,2001 and I was in Las Vegas on my honeymoon with my ex-husband when we made a spur of the moment decision to rent a car and go see the Grand Canyon. It was something that we both had always wanted to see and we figured we had a perfectly good chance while we were out west, so why not? We asked around (remember that was way before smartphones existed) and were told it was anywhere between a four and five hour drive to get there.
We got Mapquested directions to the Grand Canyon from the concierge at the hotel we were staying at, picked up our rental car and we were off.
I have to be honest -it was a really boring ride. We drove for nearly four hours with nothing to look at but “brown”. If you’ve ever made the drive, you know exactly what I mean by that. There was a house every few miles or so or a random cactus, but other than that – there was nothing to see. Until suddenly, out of no where, we saw this:
It was like one of those slow motion scenes out of a movie. My ex was driving, I was in the passenger seat and both of our heads almost completely turned around (think the Exorcist) to see it as we drove past. My ex and I looked at each other, he slammed on the breaks and drove back because we both knew we would regret it if we didn’t stop there.
I know it’s hard to tell, but in addition to some sort of “Prehistoric Park” & a campground, there was a diner on the left. It was just about lunch time, so it seemed like it was meant to be that we stopped there.
I actually took the menu home with me that day and yes, I still have it.
I had a Bronto Burger.
As we ate, we were able to see the “Prehistoric Park” out back and it was literally a life sized model of Bedrock. We were pleasantly amused and we happily paid the few dollars they charged us for admission.
You could go inside all the houses, but back then I didn’t take 40,589 pictures of everything like I do now, so I only have a few.
Yes, that’s me in Fred’s car.
Just for kicks, here are a few of the pictures I took at the Grand Canyon.
And here I am (back when my hair was still curly) with my ex:
The Grand Canyon was breath taking. Would I do a four hour drive to go see it again? No. We were there for all of about 20 minutes when we had decided that we’d seen enough & wanted to go back to Vegas.
I’m not sure if Bedrock is even still there – afterall, it’s been 13 years since I was there. I spent about 17 seconds googling it & didn’t see a website, but there are reviews of the place on Yelp.