The Sky was blue today...

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Grand Canyon 2

After we arrived at Trailer Village, on Wednesday,  with a wind portending a storm; we got well settled in just in time for the storm to catch up with us.  It snowed.  Over an inch... Need I say more?  We've been accused of bringing the Northland weather with us.  Everything functioned well, so we have no complaints today.  The "learning curve" has finally balanced, for the time being.

We had a fine evening with a great meal of Lynn's famous "Wulf Burgers."  I do appreciate the wolf in the wild and can vouch for the fact that none were harmed in the making of that entrée. (Seems like I used that line once before...)

We had another good game of Scrabble, which we interrupted to dine, but finished in good form.  The "good" letters were well balanced, so it made for lots of fun competition. One of us had the higher score, but the real point of the game was just to see which cool words we could make in the process.  Simpler times are now.

This morning we walked out to the Rim Trail and put in a couple more miles walking, oohing and aahing at the wondrous beauty that is this Grand Canyon.  If you've never been here, consider seriously coming.  If you have been, consider a re-do.  It is truly amazing.  Each glance at its terrain and color is the perfect timing for use of the word AWESOME...

We walked until lunchtime and stopped at the Bright Angel Lodge for a bite to eat.  Lynn had a tomato bisque soup: it was tasty. I had an Angus Burger with pepper jack cheese and jalapeño peppers.  Just to add a bit of life, they had a new hot sauce named after the canyon... a good bit of that made the simple burger a delight.  IMO, life needs spice.

We had encountered a small herd of elk on the trail beforehand.  They were kind enough to move to the side and let us by.  Their main interest was the few strands of green grass available to them.  They did look a bit lean after what may have been a serious winter here too.  Oh, as an aside, when we were up at St. George, Utah, we saw that all of the palm trees were killed as the result of temps in the teens there.  It was sad to see, for sure.  I'm not sure if they can come back from such cold or not.  Interesting, what one sees on the road...

We caught the shuttle bus and hiked off and on for about four or five hours today.  Lots of views and visiting was available to us.  We heard several languages spoken and saw lots of senior couples along with many young families.  National Parks draw folks from worldwide, as you know.  With Spring Break, it's  fairly busy here, but it can be done and still be enjoyable.

We covered the Southern or Red Route today, plus some of the Blue Route.  Tomorrow it will be the Orange Route, which is more to the north of the Visitors Center.  Folks we met told us not to miss Yaki Point, so we will check that out.  We got a few decent photos today, but the data service is only fair here, so we'll have to wait to put them up.  Hopefully you will get this today or tomorrow, Friday.  Cheers!
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photodon on

It truly is an awesome place, no matter how many times you visit. Thanks for sharing.

ferdie on

SNOW! JEEEZZZ!! Glad you are enjoying the scenery....gotta get back there soon.....totally awesome! Enjoy & hugs....

Rob on

We have some snowbird friends spending the night near the North rim. Unfortunately it is closed. If you would stay there just a little longer to make sure the cold stays up there we would appreciate it!

Mike on

Sounds like a few great days at the Canyon---been there a few times myself and have hiked down twice....not sure I can do that again with the ankle --sad. You are right, a great and a beautiful site it is. Glad the new "home" is working well for you. Your one here is in fine shape and looking forward to its flowers, etc--both your tlc. Joe will be home soon and then I guess in the near future, we will have a new neighbor.

Mary C. on

'Anxious to see your pictures.

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