The Great US Roadtrip- The Grand Canyon

If you are like me, you dislike large crowds of tourists. I love finding hidden treasures that no one knows about and getting to enjoy them alone, unspoiled by large crowds and paved guided pathways. Sadly the Grand Canyon is not one of those treasures you can hide. It is kind of large after all. But if I can’t enjoy it alone, I at least try to find the inside track and ways to see it that others don’t. And here is where I give you a big insider’s tip: North Rim. Most tourists drive up from Las Vegas to see the Grand Canyon, and naturally stop at the first exit sign. And why wouldn’t they? The South Rim is beautiful with all the amenities you could want or need.

We didn’t drive up from Las Vegas however. We came from the North side and went to the North Rim, a long 5 hour drive away from the South Rim. There will still always be tourists there, but the number was way less, and the view nothing less than spectacular. The North Rim is a noticeable 1,200 feet (365 m) higher than the South Rim and also farther north, so there are winter closure that do happen on this side due to snow or bad weather. So if you want to visit the North Rim, I recommend calling ahead to see if there are any closures. http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Thankfully our run of bad luck with thunderstorms finally ended with the Grand Canyon and we enjoyed a day of sunshine and hiking along the rim. I had hoped to hike down into the canyon and camp at the bottom, but be warned that there is a lot of red tape and paperwork that comes with that and a lot of permits that require planning months in advance. This whole trip had been a fairly last minute decision, and therefore we didn’t have any permits. So my dream of hiking to the bottom of the canyon didn’t happen. But we weren’t dismayed and instead found our own little hikes to do along the rim, and even found some little off the beaten path gems where there wasn’t another soul around for miles! We sat and ate trail mix for lunch, sun bathed and of course took the required pictures of falling off the edge of the Grand Canyon.

For the first time this trip, we even got to set up our tent in the light of day, and had time in the evening to relax by the campfire. I pulled out my guitar and plucked out a few songs while Cat pulled out her violin to join me. Life is good!

the view from the top of the world

the view from the top of the world

figuring out my camera

figuring out my camera

lookout point at the north rim

lookout point at the north rim

such a beautiful sunny day!

such a beautiful sunny day!

contemplating life

contemplating life

celebrating God's amazing creation

celebrating God’s amazing creation

being a goofball

being a goofball

I even found a fort window

I even found a fort window

The required falling off the canyon picture

The required falling off the canyon picture

The Medical Diagnosis

Accomodations: Tenting in the North Rim Campground

Things to see: The Grand Canyon!!!!

Story Time

Have you been to the Grand Canyon? Did you go to the North or South Rim? Did you hike to the bottom of the canyon?

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6 thoughts on “The Great US Roadtrip- The Grand Canyon

    • Yea, the canyon can be bad for surprises that way. I bet the thunder storm was something else though! I’m glad we had good weather for our Grand Canyon visit, I’d had enough rain and thunderstorms to last me a life time by that point in our trip! Did you have fun at the Canyon though?

      • The thunder storm was quite beautiful and scary at the same time. All in all, yes, we had fun, it was so impressive to see this geological wonder, but I’ve preferred other parks… maybe due the bad weather… I don’t know. I think I would have loved to go down to the bottom of the canyon.

      • I was the same. The Canyon is pretty, but I enjoyed Zion National Park way more. I’m glad you had fun though! Were you on the north or south side of the canyon?

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