The kids and Alice are in excited anticipation about the big surprise Mike and Carol are bringing home. The material part of the surprise is sitting in the driveway: a camper trailer. The other part of the surprise is that they will be taking it on vacation to the Grand Canyon. On the start of their trip, the family decides instead of heading for a campground for the first night, they, based on information from a pump jockey at a gas station stop, will head to Cactus Creek, a deserted ghost town, once a gold mining town, where they will set up for the night. After arriving at Cactus Creek and setting up camp, they find the town is as interesting as they had hoped, but it isn't as deserted as they believed. They are met by Zaccariah T. Brown, who has many a fanciful story of the gold rush days. Underneath Zaccariah's friendly exterior, the family will ultimately learn that he has plans for them that they would rather he didn't carry out based on what he believes their reason for being ...
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Geez, I can't wait to get started. Grand Canyon! Wow!
Well, it's not just the canyon, Bob. Now we can learn all about the Indian tribes that live there like the Havasupai, the Hopi, the Hualapai, the Navajo.
How'd they get such strange names?
Well, each name means something, Pete. Like Havasupai, for instance, means "Great People of Blue-Green Running Water."
How about my name, Dad? Does Bobby mean anything?
Yeah. It means little man with great, big running mouth!
Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Performed by Florence Henderson
, Robert Reed
, Ann B. Davis
, Barry Williams
, Maureen McCormick
, Christopher Knight
, Eve Plumb
, Mike Lookinland
& Susan Olsen
Sung in the car while the Brady family drives to the ghost town See more