Grand Canyon

Trip Start Sep 05, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

I arrived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon around 8:30 am. Some of the clouds had not lifted out of the Canyon yet but the site was still magnificent.
I started out at Mather Point and by the time I had made it to the second stop, which was Yavapai Point, the clouds were beginning to lift.
After taking time to reflect on the beauty of that part of the Canyon, I continued on to Grand Canyon Village were I got onto a shuttle bus that took me to another bus that shuttles you up to Hermits Road with 8 different stops along the way.
Our first stop was at the Trailview Overlook. You could see down into a part of the canyon that they let you hike or ride mules. I will be doing that on my next trip. Maybe not the mule. Don't think I could trust his footing.
I then decided to follow the foot trail that goes along the rim to the next point which was Maricopa Point and only 0.7 miles.
At that point the pot of  coffee I had that morning was trying to escape so I had to hop the next bus and take it to Hopi Point making me miss Powell Point which I backtracked on foot after going to the bathroom.
Powell Point has a memorial set up for Major John Wesley Powell, a former Union Officer in the Civil War who did the first scientific exploration of the Colorado River and surrounding area.
Also at this point you can find The Orphan Mine where uranium was discovered in the ore and mined from 1953 to 1972.
the next 4 stops were Mohave Point, The Abyss, Pima Point and finally the end of the road, Hermit's Rest.
This was named for the French Canadian prospector, Louis Boucher, who lived alone in the area for more than 20 years. So i guess they considered him a hermit.
At hermits rest stands a limestone building  Grand Canyon architect, Mary Colter, in 1914. It is now used as a snack bar and gift shop.
Back onto the shuttle and the 7 mile trek back to my car.
I headed west onto Desert View Drive and stopped at Grandview Point and then Tusayan Ruins.
Tusayan Ruins is a small Anasazi village, dating back to the late 1100s. There is also a museum there where you can learn about the Anasazi people.
My last 2 stops were Navajo Point and Desert View.
At Desert View you will find the Watchtower also designed by architect Mary Colter.
The Watchtower provides the widest possible view of  the Grand Canyon. The inside has circular balconies with plenty of windows to view the canyon. The inside walls have painting and drawings to duplicate Indian artwork.
The Grand Canyon was grand. As I was looking at it at one of the rims I was wondering what the settlers must have said when then came upon it................. "Oh crap, now what"
Off to Colorado.
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