Grand Canyon (North & South Rims)

On the way to the Grand Canyon        North Rim

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On our way from Lake Powell to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon you travel up and down several high mesa’s. this is looking down to the valley below.

 

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You travel along the Vermilion Cliffs where cliff dwellers once lived
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Apparently it was  a stagecoach stop where the travelers were fee and put up in “rock” accommodations.

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Cozy
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Come on in and make yourself comfortable!
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Welcome home Kay!
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Other than a little roof repair the accommodations are quite cozy
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Apparently this was the kitchen…..
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Some cool rock formations, note the truck and RV behind the “upside” rock

Grand Canyon        North Rim

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We camped about 40 miles away from the North Rim
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Entering the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
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We made it all the way to the end of highway 67 which is the North Rim Visitor Center
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Along the way the fall leaves are starting to show The elevation here is around 9000 which is about 1000 ft. higher than the more popular south rim.
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Check out the phone booths at the lodge. apparently just a private place to sit and chat on a cell phone.
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Kay on the back porch looking oer the canyon. Nice place for a bite to eat and a cold beer.
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Lookout point just below the Lodge
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The sun was not shining which made it cool but made it hard to capture the colors of the canyon.
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I made her pose for me, two beautiful things, her and the canyon.
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Life is Good!
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Looking back up at the lodge from the look out point
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We are on this earth for maybe 100 years, Its been here for millions of years. (Actually 4.543 billion years) The layers take you back about 200,000,000 years.
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This will go into my “Dead Tree” file (Gallery)
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Main entrance to the lodge. I like this retirement thing, very little to no crowds. I can’t imagine being here in the height of tourist season.
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The lodge consists of over 200 cabins. Here are a few of them.
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Tourist train, not enough tourist to be in use
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We took a side road about 10 miles and it took us to this area, Point Imperial. It is actually much prettier than at the lodge.
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This is the highest point of the canyon, looking to the lowest point of the canyon. Note the south rim which is 1000 lower than the north rim.
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WOW, if only pictures can give you the breathtaking feel that you have while standing on the cliff!
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A thin slice still standing
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The sun came out while we were here so the colors are much brighter
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On the way up to Imperial Point you go thru miles of burned out forest.
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The park has several huge meadows. This one is the largest and goes for 10.2 miles
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The meadows are where the Buffalo roam
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And there they are. Not in the picture but just to the left and about 50 yards from the buffalo are two men trying to get close up pictures. A ranger came and chased them off. He said the buffalo can run over 35 mph
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Tomorrow we head to the South Rim
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Many more miles burned forest. They say the fire burned a conifer forest and is being replaced by deciduous Aspen. This is an interesting natural process. Once all the larger trees are gone, the faster growing Aspen take over.
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We stopped at a roadside information sign and Kay looked up and saw these birds. Can you guess what they are?
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Yes the smaller one (which usually look big) was a Vulture but the big one is a California Condor! They are the rarest bird in the world and there is a program trying to bring them back to life in this area. This one is J2 (you can see the number with binoculars) and is 7 years old and was released to the wild in 2010. We stayed for 45 minutes hoping to see it fly with it’s 12 ft wingspan. It was hard to get a good picture with our phones but when you look at it with binoculars, you see a really ugly face that is so ugly, its cute. This was a real joy to see these animals back in the wild.
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Before we got back to our RV home we noticed this fire lookout along the side of the highway. Believe it or not, it was open to the public to climb, so did.
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Looking up from the bottom center
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Actually it was quite scary and swayed with my weight as I went higher. If you look closely,you can see me near the top, the room atop is locked.
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Looking down at Kay (zoomed in), looking up
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And yes, I did see a fire! This fire was close to our camp but when we asked about it there they knew of it and it was under control.
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A cute and somewhat funny looking are these little camping vans which it seems many foreigners seem to use.

Today (9/8/16) we head to the Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon        South Rim

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This is “Lees Ferry” which is the official end of the Grand Canyon (Up river end of course)
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We camped in the forest while visiting the South Rim, about 5 miles from the park

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Our first visitor (Wild horses)

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After feeding “Mic” the horse knew where the food was
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The horses were not afraid of us or Mic. In fact Mic just ignored them. He is such a good dog!
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After building some trust, it was nap time.
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The flies here are “HUGE”
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The next morning we entered the South Rim of Grand Canyon
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The view is breathtaking! I’ll only show a few pictures here as my little phone camera does not do justice. If you want to see many more pics, go to the Gallery

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Not afraid of people, in fact we had to almost “smack” it to get it from taking our sandwich off our plate
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Just a few more views
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Some people are crazy, I guess I was young once

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The south rim is very organized and handles lots of people without it being to crowded, although we visited there after Labor day. We spent two days here hiking short hikes and taking in the sites. Here is a bronze mountain lion.
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At the East side of the park is a very interesting tower called the Desert View Watchtower. You can climb up to the top and look 360 degrees.
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The walls on the inside
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On the edge of the tower platform looking down to the river below
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The inside had some interesting paintings

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Looking up the center to Kay on the 3rd floor

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Looking down from the top center
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Some views from the top, 360

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Throughout the park are elk, big and small
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To save travel time, we moved camp to the south side of the park for the second day of our visit.
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It was directly in line with landing pattern of the helicopter touring companies. The busiest one, about every 5 minutes was Papillon which was were Hunter worked for a season. We knew it was the landing zone when we set up camp but we were only at camp for a bout 2 hours in the late afternoon so it was exciting seeing where Hunter used to fly.
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Also at camp we had a very interesting “thing” Can you guess what it is?
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A little closer…..
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and closer…..
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even closer and getting very colorful……
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closer……
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and yes, a huge anthill with the entrance on the bottom side……I watch for awhile and they were actually closing that entrance up
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The next day there was no hole, not sure what happened. Amazing how much those little guys can carry!
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On our second day we went to the West side to Hermits Rest. You have to take buses this time of year
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the huge fireplace at Hermits Rest
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Along the “Rim” walk
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More views
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The only mountain lion we saw
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The village
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In a museum at the park this was the old Projector which was used to show pictures of some of the first explorations of the park
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Back at camp, Mic enjoying a bone
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Pretty flowers at camp

20160910_184505Sunset for our last night before heading to Laughlin.

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On our way out we stopped by to take pictures of the airport where Hunter worked for a season
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We arrived in Laughlin in time to see a few games on opening day of the NFL season
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Our camp at Don Laughlin’s Riverside RV park We will stay here to rest up and watch some Sunday night and my 49er’s on Monday night football. Tuesday we will head back to Barstow to Mom’s.
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Cool RV here in the park, wonder what year it is?

We will spend the next 10 days or so between Barstow and Tehachapi, Mom’s and the kids.

Looking forward to seeing a few of Moose’s football games.  While in Barstow maybe I will take Kay to Calico Ghost town and Big Bear to kayak.

Stay tuned.

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