The Grand Canyon: A Jaw Dropping Experience

Our first stop on our travels home was at the Grand Canyon South Rim. We spent two night at the Yavapai Lodge in the park a short distance from the rim.

Since we arrived after dark, our first look at the canyon was a sunrise the next morning. As we sleepily walked through the pinion pines, we were suddenly struck by the magnificent view before us. It felt like a spiritual, other worldly experience as the sun rose over the north rim.

“The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.” John Wesley Powell

We walked down into the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. The trail was ice covered in spots with sheer drop offs and ice crampons were recommended. We decided this was not for us!
Bright Angel Trail from rim

Instead, we spent the day checking out various spots on the rim trail via shuttle bus and hiking.

As it neared dusk, we saw a herd of about 20 elk near the road.

It was a very, very good day. We will head to Santa Fe tomorrow as it is supposed to snow here and we are not ready for that!

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