The next morning started Early with a behind the scenes tour of Bearizona. First we were treated to an open bus tour through the drive through portion of the park. Bob our personal tour guide was both interesting and knowledgeable. He knew the names of every animal as well as wonderful factoids providing us a rich and full experience. He continued the tour through the walk through portion of the park even behind the juvenile bears where we were allowed to present the back of our hands to the bears. I guess Wendy tasted best as one of the bears tried to get a little nip.
At the Grand Canyon we met artist in residence Dread Scott and his wife. We heard about their project. Also in attendance were a representative from Grand Canyon Association and Rene Westbrook Director of Artist in residence program at the canyon. Rene informed us about the Artist in resident program at the canyon and other National parks. She expressed a willingness as well as desire to partner with us as our venture proceeds. All in all it was a very productive meeting. We had lunch at the El Tovar followed by a quick walk to Kolb studio, the Hopi house, and oh yeah a look over the canyon. We had far to short a visit, but both Wendy and Teri expressed the desire to return with their families.
Back in Williams with an hour break giving us time to digest the information and to recover somewhat we all met at Red Raven for dinner. We had a wonderful dinner while being entertained by Steve Reynolds local musician. There was laughter all around, animated conversation and just a great time. Attendees were Mayor John Moore, Tom and Kris Williams, Bonnie and David Dent, Helen Gorney, Goia Goodrum, Mike Dulay, Bruce Bennett and of course Wendy and Teri. We ended our night with a visit to The Gallery in Williams what a great day.
I would have liked to spend more time on this, but alas it is time to meet again and I must get ready