South Rim

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We arrived at the South Rim late afternoon.  https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Our first stop was the watchtower.  https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/photosmultimedia/Mary-Colter—Indian-Watchtower.htm

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Watchtower

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View from Watchtower

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We climbed the interior circular steps.

Before turning into bed, we tried out hand at night photography.  We are pretty pleased with the results Rob was able to get with his LG G4 cell phone.

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Grand Canyon @ Night

 

 

DAY 2: We rose, with a handful of other guest, who braved the chilly subfreezing temps to watch the sun rise.

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sunrise

Afterwards we warmed up with breakfast inside the lodge where we continued to watch the canyons views.  You can read about that here; https://leavingfootprintstakingpictures.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-most-important-meal-of-the-day/

We had been wisely, advised to not give up our parking spot, as parking is at a minimum and we would likely have difficulty finding another parking spot.  Having already spent nearly 2,000 miles driving, we were all to glad to not have to step back into The ‘Silver Streak’.  There are shuttle busses, but we found plenty to entertain and amuse ourselves on foot,all within a 2 mile walk of El Tovar.

After breakfast , our first stop was to visit the Hopi House. http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/sites_southrim_hopihouse.html

 

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Hopi Center

 

 

Our morning rim – side hike took us along the  Bright Angel Rim – side Trail.

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El Tovar (peak) &  Kolb Studio (foreground)

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/art-exhibits.htm

You can read about our guest experience at El Tovar here; https://leavingfootprintstakingpictures.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/el-tovar-schlep/

 

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Mary Colter”s Building – Lookout Studio

https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=F8DB9DB0-155D-451F-67B88E6D97BC97FE

After stopping in the Verkamp’s Visitor Center

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/verkamps.htm

we nibbled granola bars and trail mix prior to our afternoon hike to the

Yavapai Geology Museum

https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/20070524yav_rededication.htm

 

“The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves.”

-John Piper

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“Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.”

― Ansel Adams

We boarded a shuttle bus at the Visitor Center back to El Tovar, in time to enjoy a stunning evening sunset.

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Sunset @ the South Rim

“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.”
― John Wesley Powell

 

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