3 National Parks after leaving Grand Canyon

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27 – by Katelyn

Today watched the sun rise went to Desert View, and we went to 3 National Parks.

Today I had a very busy day. First, I got up at 4:00 and watched the sunrise.  The sunrise was a little bit disappointing because it was over so quickly and there were no clouds to make the sky orange.  I also did not like the sunrise because it was cold and I could not take any pictures of it.  After we watched the sunrise we drove to a place called Grand View.  There, I got a really nice picture taken of me.  I really liked the Grand View overlook because I had a whole different view of the canyon, and I also saw the Colorado River.  We only stayed at grand view overlook for a little bit, so after that we went to a place called the watchtower. At the watchtower I had a really great view of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.  I really liked the watchtower because I had a whole different perspective of the canyon.  After that we drove 1 hour and a half to a National Monument called Wupatki National Monument. When we got there we got our JR Ranger books and went on a hike.  On the hike I saw some buildings, an amphitheater, and a ball court.  Indians owned the land about 900 years ago!  I did not really like this park because it was very small and there not much to do other then go on a hike.   Next we went to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  There we got another JR ranger book and went on a hike again.  This National Park really reminded me of Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho because it had the same kinds of rock made out of lava. On the trail I saw a lot of black ashes.  After that we went to Walnut Canyon National Monument.  This was my favorite national park out of the other ones that we went to today.  I liked this park because all of the houses were built in the limestone and the limestone was curved out naturally! The way it was curved out is that there was harder limestone and softer limestone, and over time wind and water eroded the soft limestone so that the Indians would be able to live in it.  I think that it is so amazing how the rocks formed because they are so hard when you touch them and wind and rain can erode them.  After that we got our JR Ranger book checked.  Next we ate dinner and drove to our campsite.   I had a very busy day.
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