A very pretty crack in the earth

Trip Start Mar 13, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2013

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Historical Route 66 Motel Seligman
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

After settling in last night we had set our alarms for 5 am, to ensure we were up and out in time to choose a spot for the sunrise. Given the late arrival last night we really had to drag ourselves into the cold but we also had a sense of impending excitement that we were actually going to see one of the natural wonders of the world. It would have to be pretty special to stack up against The Great Barrier Reef!

We wandered along the rim (carefully) towards the East for about ten minutes, then paused as the sky got lighter and the enormity of the Canyon became apparent. Along the rim there is a well-paved path to follow, lined with pieces of rock millions of years old, named and described to create a time-line. You can choose to stay on the path or get closer to the rim at some obviously well-worn viewing spots, and there are also seats placed strategically along the way.

 We had walked for a good 40 minutes before I decided to stay put, and laid down on my gut on a piece of jutting rock to watch the light enter the Canyon in stages, as the sun got higher in the sky.
I could clearly see Bright Angel Trail where it came down the Canyon wall and made it's way past, below where I was lying toward the deeper crevasse that held the hidden Colorado River.

Richard had a terrible cold but braved the freezing morning, and he and Shell settled in a spot another ten minutes walk East. After meeting up again Rich wasted no time getting back to our cosy room, while Shell and I made our way slowly back. Being now 8 bells we made some oats, fruit and trail mix - yum! - and briefly explored the village. The plan for the day was to spend all day along the East Rim Drive, choose a spot for the sunset, then get back on the road West.

We stopped at several viewing Points along East Rim Drive and need not write much about this other than to say I wanted to be in it, not just looking at it. I itched to walk in.....we did just that at Grandview for a half hour or so.

Lipan Point was our chosen spot for the sunset. I felt like I would burst with all I felt as I watched for the terminator. Life is Beautiful.

In the dark we drove back toward Route 66 and stopped in Williams at Cruisers 66 Diner for tea - good service but really average tucker. We are now at The Route 66 Motel in Seligman, Arizona - complete with neon!

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