More of the North Rim

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Grand Canyon Lodge

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, October 15, 2010

We revisited the lodge first thing and George checked to see if they might have a cabin available for the night, the sign again said full, but it never hurts to ask. We were in luck, they did have one cabin and it was ours for the night but we couldn't check in until 4 p.m. 

No problem, we wanted to drive out along the North Rim Drive, a narrow winding road that runs about 15 miles from the park entry.  At the turn off signs warn against taking vehicles over 30 feet in length and over the course of the road it was easy to see why.  Numerous overlooks afforded glimpses into different parts of the canyon and day use areas set on the rim made perfect picnic stops.  At one viewpoint we could see the Colorado River winding its way through the canyon, at another we could back to the Vermillion Cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border.  Trails went off in different directions or to remote viewpoints and the quaking aspen light our way.    

As we headed back the skies became very dark and soon raindrops were hitting the windshield, at least it helped wash off the bug spatter.  We were nearing the lodge when all of a sudden a deer in the middle of the road!  Using a combination of laying on the horn and slamming on the breaks we stopped before impact and the deer scampered off the road wondering what all the noise was about.  It was a close call. 

 By the time we returned to the lodge we had passed through the rain, the sun was shining and our room was ready. 

We settled into our cozy cabin and took a sunset stroll along the rim.  Not the most spectacular sunset but photo worthy nonetheless.  We returned to the cabin, and had a bite of dinner in front of the fire, perfect end to a spectacular day. 


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