The furthest destination on our 2012 road trip was the Grand Canyon. Seeing the Grand Canyon was definitely on my bucket list. I couldn’t believe I was actually seeing it. And, I was getting to share that memory with my favorite people. Awesome!
We explored the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We arrived at our hotel, the Red Feather Lodge, the night before and got our first glimpse of the Grand Canyon about 8:30 the next morning.
I love seeing new places. I have a vague vision of what it will look like. When I experience the real thing I’m almost always surprised at how much more there really is. I certainly wasn’t expecting the desert scrub plants, pinyon pines & poky cactus. We don’t have any of those things where I live & it was a treat getting to see them.
Bottom: A squirrel hoping to get a hand out from our kids… which is exactly why a ranger told us during the summer 30 – 40 people get bit every day. We didn’t feed the wildlife. That same ranger told us that the rattlesnake & scorpion were probably the least dangerous animals in the park simply because us humans leave them alone. Whereas the squirrels look cute & cuddly and dummies try to feed & pet them.
Left: We went to a ranger led elk talk. The ranger told us the elk are not native to the Grand Canyon. I believe he said sometime around the 1930’s Yellowstone had an abundance of elk & asked other states if they wanted them. Arizona said yes. They shipped them by train. Eventually the elk worked their way to the Grand Canyon and are now thriving, maybe a little too well.
Top: It was almost magical watching the ravens, hawks, vultures & condors soar through the canyon. I could have watched them all day.
Bottom Right: California Condor! They are critically endangered & I was excited to see a few of them on our trip.
Beautiful! Simply Amazing!
We had 3 kids with us, so we opted not to take a donkey ride or hike to the bottom of the canyon. Although I’m sure we would have enjoyed it, we really didn’t need to go to the bottom. We are a rock loving, plant crazy, bird nerd type of family. There was plenty nature-based activity at the rim of the canyon to keep us entertained.
We spent one whole day & part of the next morning at the Grand Canyon. That wasn’t nearly long enough, but I’m definitely thankful for that time.