Grand Canyon Journals

The Awesome Canyon

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A February 2001 trip to Grand Canyon by MichaelJM

Grand Canyon South Rim Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: The trip was built around a stay in Vegas. And what a contrast to the glitz and glamour when compared with the awesome natural beauty of this amazing canyon.

Bright Angel Lodge

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Hotel

Bright Angel Lodge Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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This accommodation could not be better placed (in the national park), and it’s reasonably priced. Bright Angel Lodge was originally designed in 1935 to provide affordable lodging for the host of visitors to the Canyon and was built around some of the existing buildings, including the post office and "Bucky O’Neil’s" log cabin. Although motel-type accommodations, the log cabins have a real rustic feel and charm to them. Reception was a grand affair with a large, roaring log fire—very welcoming on an icy February night. The staff was extremely pleasant, and on our arrival, they suggested that we view the sunset before registering—we were grateful for that advice—and return to warm up round that fi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Bright Angel Lodge
South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon, Arizona
(303) 297-2757

Grand Canyon South Rim

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Attraction | "Sunrise & Sunset at the South Rim"

Grand Canyon South Rim Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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My wife had always wanted to see the canyon with snow on the ground, and her aspiration was met in February 2001. My American cousin had referred to the canyon as "an awesome hole in the ground," and as a master of the understatement, he is absolutely right. We approached the national park with minutes to spare before sunset. We parked the car and ran towards the edge of the canyon to watch the sun disappearing over the horizon, changing the colours of the canyon from bright oranges to lilac and purple hues. Indeed in minutes the whole appearance of the canyon was transformed, with a marvellous gradation of colour across the rock formation and the sky. It was almost as if the sky was reflecting...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Desert View and Watchtower

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Attraction | "Climbing the Watch Tower"

Desert View and Watchtower Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Mary Colter, the designer of Bright Angel Lodge, was also commissioned to provide a rest area at Desert View that would harmonise into the landscape and provide visitors with a good all-around view of the canyon. She decided upon the idea of the watchtower with its rugged weathered stones carefully selected to give the idea of a well-established building honed out of the surroundings. Well, for my money, she succeeded, as the building appears to have greater life than its 70 years. It seems to be inextricably attached to the very edge of the canyon’s rim, and in reality, Colter had precariously placed it on a promontory to ensure enhanced views of the vista. The main tower has an interesting arr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

Desert View and Watchtower
South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona

Hoover Dam

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Attraction

Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Who could stay in Vegas without putting some time aside to visit the Hoover Dam? Certainly not us! The view as you approach from Vegas is staggering, and I did wonder what this valley would have been like before the dam was built. Parking wasn’t straightforward and even gaining access to the car park proved a long-winded affair. This place is popular! This engineering masterpiece is aesthetically pleasing and appears to be at one with the surrounding scenery. Perhaps it enhances nature? The dam, at 726 feet high, is one of the tallest in the world, and, standing at the top, you cannot help feel admiration for the workmanship as its sleek, curved wall sweeps down to the river below. On the other...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2005

Hoover Dam
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

West Rim Drive

Attraction | "A hairy Drive back to Vegas"

West Rim Drive Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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We were in the safe hands of my American cousin as we drove back from the Grand Canyon. He wanted me to appreciate the scenery en-route, so I sat back and relaxed as he drove the snowy canyon roads, playing a CD of Native Indian pipe music. We regularly stopped to admire the views, but after a time, the consensus was that we were "all canyoned up," so we headed downhill towards the Painted Desert, so-named because of its eerie appearance as the sun begins to set. In full sunlight, we saw some amazing hues across the canyon, through to a large, imposing plateau that overlooks the region. This is different scenery, and it’s well worth taking your time to appreciate the bright hues as they are refl...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 8, 2005

West Rim Drive
West of entrance to Grand Canyon Village, extends to Hermit's Rest
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
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