Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Grand Canyon National Park
Amazing, awesome, incredible, extraordinary, I can't begin to tell you how spectacular this canyon is, so I won't even try. We got into the park about 11 AM and spent the afternoon walking a mile or so on the Rim Trail and even did a bit on the Bright Angel Trail, which is one of the popular trails for those hiking all the way down into the canyon. That trail did have quite a bit of snow and ice, and we weren't prepared for that kind of hike, so we only went in a short way. These walks take a long time, beacuse around every turn there is another amazing view that you really need to stop at. We ended the day climbing the Watchtower at the east side of the park (only 84 easy steps!) and then settled down at a lookout called Navajo Point to watch and photograph the sunset...then the clouds blew in! It was cold, windy and drab - but we were there!
You should never go to another national park the day after you've been at the Grand Canyon - we stopped at the Petrified Forest on the way into Albuquerque on Tuesday. It was pretty, and the petrified wood is amazing, but I couldn't get all the vast, spectacular views of GC out of my head and I'm sure we didn't appreciate it as much as we might have on another day.
So, we're on the last leg of our trip - here in Albuquerque, NM with Peg and Dave. We've been enjoying the mountains, the river (I didn't know the Rio Grande went thru this city!) and the good company. We'll leave for Oakdale on Monday....
For some really good pictures of the Grand Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/grca/
And for better information and pics of the Petrified Forest: www.nps.gov/pefo/