Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grand-daddy Canyon of All

DSC_0045 (8)All the canyons we have visited so far are little appetizers to the main course, the Grand Canyon.  As we drove in from the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park yesterday, we caught our first glimpse of the 18-mile wide, 6,000 feet deep canyon.  We both let out a, “Oh My God!” and sucked in air with the realization of how high and how close to the edge we were.

DSC_0042 (8)Today, we walked about three miles along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The easy paved walk takes advantage of the best views of the canyon, but to do so requires that you are seriously close to the edge of cliffs with drop offs up to 1,000s of feet down.  The trail for most of the way does not have railing and along the way are signs stating you must stay on the path and the dangerous circumstances if you do not.  I must say right now, that people can be idiots.  Not only do they walk off the path to the edge of the cliff for a “once-in-a-lifetime” photo shoot; they let their young children out there.  There have been over 600 deaths at the Grand Canyon, often due to over-zealous amateur photographers.  Stupid.

IMG_1528We did not consider that this time of year may be crowded.  Spring Break.  The sights and shops are relatively un-crowded until noon, but after that the train and buses filled with tourists pour into the Park.  Our plan today included eating breakfast at the historic El Tovar hotel, a short visit to the Hopi Arts and Crafts shop and a walk along the South Rim—all completed before noon.  We avoided the crowds and missed the wind/rain this afternoon by following our plan.  Came home to our RV for a snack of chardonnay, cheese, crackers and apple.  Life is good when a plan comes together.


  1. How's the weather there in March? We really hope to get out there as I've never been but I hate the idea of going in the summer time because of the crowds you describe.


  2. I was at the Grand Canyon once when I was in college and I still remember how awe inspiring it was. Can't wait to show my DH as he has never been there.

  3. I think the best time of year to go might be the latter part of April--kids are back in school and the weather is decent (not too hot, but not cold). Another option might be October before it gets cold here. And it does get cold. Last night it got down to 24 degrees.


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