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
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.
DAY 2: We rose, with a handful of other guest, who braved the chilly subfreezing temps to watch the sun rise.
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
Our morning rim – side hike took us along the Bright Angel Rim – side Trail.
You can read about our guest experience at El Tovar here; https://leavingfootprintstakingpictures.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/el-tovar-schlep/
After stopping in the Verkamp’s Visitor Center
we nibbled granola bars and trail mix prior to our afternoon hike to the
Yavapai Geology Museum
“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.”
“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.
“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