Nearly 30 years ago, I first saw the Grand Canyon from 37,000 feet, but could not see what all the fuss was about. What I saw then was a fat caterpillar with a little hint of silver shimmering along its spine, like a mercury thermometer. Seeing it for the first time this Spring, with feet firmly planted on Earth, I am ashamed of my former assessment. From the rim it’s more beautiful than any butterfly!
Looking to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, just before sunset the day of our arrival. Notice the tunnel worn through the limestone outcrop on the South Rim.
Here’s a dandy little scenic locator donated to the park in 1922. Too bad the telescope that obviously came with it did not survive the near century since.
A canyon so immense that we rarely glimpsed the Colorado River. Here is what the trail looks like from the rim, about 4,000 feet above it.
Our hotel viewed from the Bright Angel Trailhead. Kachina Lodge and Thunderbird Lodge are situated between the El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge.
This tunnel is just about two-tenths of a mile down the Bright Angel Trail. Note the smaller through hole to the right of the tunnel on the trail.
Heading for Hermit’s Rest
Morning walk views:
Afternoon trip to Desert View Watchtower:
Capturing sunrise (06:34 hours) from the Rim Trail:
Maricopa Point at sunrise:
On to Sedona…