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South Rim of Grand Canyon
Today, the major National Parks like Grand Canyon are like Grand Central Station at rush hour, especially during vacation season. But there were far fewer people traveling in 1951 (remember the roads) and mid-October is not exactly vacation season. So we were able to get a cabin at the South Rim.
The South Rim of the canyon is where civilization is. There was nothing at North Rim; no lodge, no refreshment places, really roughing it.
I think the "morning train" mentioned is the train to carry tourists to the park from Flagstaff, where there was a lot more lodging than actually in the park. When Honey and I visited the Grand Canyon in 1968 (or maybe it was 1970), we stayed in Flagstaff and took the train to the park.