James (katsurian) wrote,

Grand Canyon

While walking along one of the canyon trails, Mom asks Dad if he's got his allergy medication in case he gets stung by another bee. Knowing her husband as well as she does, yes was not an acceptable answer and she asked where it is. In the car was a very bad answer. The car's thirty minutes away if the shuttle is at the stop and you can catch it before it leaves.

After the Bryce Canyon incident, we got a rest day of mostly travel. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon consists of a couple viewpoints and a few short hiking trails.
I got a good laugh from Mom when I pointed out the little red circular area on one of the peaks telling her that's the green for her next Wii Golf game.

We stopped for the night at the Cleff Dwellers Lodge before continuing on the the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a good thing we did because there was only one other motel we saw until the Grand Canyon!
The Vermillion Cliffs at sunset.
We turned off at the Navajo Bridge Visitor Center...
where we saw a condor resting/roosting on a girder.
The drive up Highway 89 shows just how flat this land is. I think if you were standing on one of those plateaus/mesas you wouldn't know the canyon was there until you fell in. I've never seen anything like it.

Dad said he could see flames shooting up once in a while from that wildfire.
Going out the South Entrance we saw many little fires through the trees but evidently these were all under control since the Entrance was open!

Phantom Ranch
There are plenty of hiking trails along the Rim along with 3 shuttle systems for different sections of the Park that will take you to the various viewpoints. You can also hike or take the Mule rides down to Phantom Ranch.
We stayed on the Rim - you'll never catch Mom riding a mule! - and went from one end to the other, taking pictures along the way!

Views from the Rim viewpoints.

You can see the North Rim pictures here and the South Rim here.

Stopping for the night in Williams, Arizona proved to be fortuitous as the next morning was the best sights we've seen during the entire trip in Mom's opinion!
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