Sunday, May 12, 2013

Photo-of-the-Week #106 - The Grand Canyon, South Rim, June 2010

Here it is. Sooner or later you knew I had to put up a photo of the Grand Canyon. There's not much to say. It's AWESOME!

Believe it or not, in all the years I've traveled around the U.S., this was my first time to stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and look down and see the natural wonder people have been telling me about for years. Okay, I've actually seen the Grand Canyon many times over the years . . . from 35,000 feet above while hurtling through the sky in a big silver tube.

Unfortunately, on my first visit to the big hole, I only had a limited amount of time. So, it was just an introduction. But, since this visit, I have made the acquaintance of someone who owns some land not far from the Grand Canyon. Actually, I think the property is on the road that goes from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon. So, I'm hoping the next time I visit, I'll have permission to park and camp on that property for a few days while I explore more of the canyon.  


TexCyn said...

I'd love to get there. A few days there would be well worth the visit I'm sure.

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

I'm sure you will get there. It only took me 65 years - even though I flew over it dozens of times and was within a 3-4 hour drive many times. Finally, I just decided to "Do it!" And, so will you.

Michael said...

I highly recommend doing this: Reserve in advance for spring or fall. Hike down South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch in one day. Have at least one layover day at the bottom. Because of all the downhill, the calve muscles will really feel it the next day. Wild Turkeys will likely wander into your camp. Go up the Bright Angel Trail in two days with a layover at Indian Gardens. After setting up camp at Indian Gardens hike out to Plateau Point. Watch for Condors. One landed right next us with a wing span of something like 9 feet while sitting on the edge. My friend had to get up because we thought the giant bird was going to jump into his lap. They are highly curious. I heard they will fly with hang gliders.

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

Thanks for that input, Michael. I'm copying your suggestions and putting them into my travel file. I'm not sure when I'll get back there, but it's very likely it will be within the next two years. I'd really love to see condors that close and especially to catch photos of them in flight.


Rob said...

There is (or was) dispersed NF camping not too far outside the south entrance to the park near Tusayn.

IMO it's ALWAYS worth the trip, it's a magnificent hole in the ground!

Ed Helvey - Professional Nomad said...

I've only been there once, SO FAR, Rob - but you're absolutely right about it being magnificent. I've seen it at least a dozen or two dozen times for 35,000 ft about while hurtling over it in a big silver tube - just never made the time to get up close and personal before.

Thanks for the info on the NF camping.