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June 21, 2009
September 29, 2008
From journal Visting the Grand Canyon...in Winter
Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2008
From journal The Grand Canyon
July 18, 2007
From journal A day at the Grand Canyon
July 8, 2007
From journal Out on the Razzle in Las Vegas
April 22, 2007
From journal Las Vegas Road Trip
Rodeo, New Mexico
April 3, 2007
From journal Lure of the Canyon
Pompton plains, New Jersey
October 24, 2006
From journal Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas
September 21, 2006
You cannot do justice to the scenery with words or photos. Perhaps an Imax movie can get close but this is something you really have to see for yourself. We started at the east rim just a few minutes before sunrise. Dark skies slowly became different shades of purple pink white and red and kept changing little by little as the earth rotated toward the sun. The cliffs plateaus and deep crevices kept changing too from grey and black to white, red, orange, and purple. It is more incredible than you can imagine.
After regaining our composure we drove about 25 miles along the rim to Mather point where we met up with our traveling companions who had come in the south rim entrance a little later than us. They went off to take a helicopter tour and my wife and I went to park in the village because we wanted to stop at all the views along the free bus route. I think I took about 80 pictures. I was able to download my memory card onto a CD. There's a Kodak machine at the General Store. The download and the CD were under $5 total for both. I got great shots of the California Condors in flight which I hope to share on this website as soon as I can figure out how to upload them. Anyhow, we went all the way to Hermit's Rest which has a very interesting history. I will be back to the Grand Canyon someday soon to camp on the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
From journal Week in and Around Sedona, AZ
August 17, 2006
It took about an hour and a half to drive there.
Outside the Grand Canyon there is a small town where you can get hotels, airplane rides, food, and park passes. If you are planning to take plane rides, donkey trips, or stay in a hotel BOOK EARLY. These places fill up fast. Even in Flagstaff. I got my hotel really late, 2 days before I arrived, and I got the last room. When I arrived in the town I saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road and people running across the street. BE CAREFUL OF THIS!! People don’t pay attention here. If they see something cars will stop in the middle of the road or while crossing or cross without looking, so just be careful. Anyway, on the side were three huge elk, or what I was told were elk. I quickly turned into the parking lot of a hotel and got out of my car. I got within 20 feet of them to take pictures and they didn’t seem to mind.
From there I went to the park. I got my park pass form the ranger station for $20. It allows you to access the park for a week. Here they also give you a map of the park and list of the different activities that are taking place that day.
Needless to say that my first view of the Grand Canyon was breathtaking. There is no way to put into words the majesty of the park. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to view the canyon from the bottom.
I took the shuttle out to Hermits Rest stopping at several points along the way. The shuttle isn’t a tour bus, but it gives you information about the park and the different stops along the way. One of the advantages of getting there early is that there are less people trying to get on the bus. At one point I was at a stop completely by myself. This was by far the highlight of my trip; taking in the scenery with no people near was close to a religious experience. Around the park there are paths set up so you don’t have to take the bus, but you can walk along the rim. There is also maps set up so you know where you are and the distance between each bus stop.
The park offers many great lectures and walks from experienced park rangers, who not only know their stuff but also obviously love what they do and where they are. The topics cover a variety of subjects and some offer opportunities to hike along the trails.