Thirty years ago, I went to visit this natural wonder of the world. I was a child and the entrance to the park was only 7 dollars. Today a car entering the park is 25 dollars and worth every cent. The drive from Tucson was long and interesting. Eventually we reached our destination of the culturally enlighted sky island of Flagstaff. I hadn't been to Flagstaff in awhile so it was refreshing to make a return to the much cooler temps of the world. It was here that we set up camp for an early Saturday morning departure to the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. And when we did, it was like leaving Arizona altogether and entering the international community. There were all kinds of people from different countries like Japan, Germany, Alabama, Spain, and Portugal.....and that's just the short list!!!
So with our cameras, we took lots of shots around the rim of the Canyon. Everywhere we turned there was a shot just waiting to be discovered. This picture was taken while a family of 4 was hiking behind us. The soccer lady mom was ridiculous and her husband was patient. We listened because the drama was so ridiculous. These people brought their dog with them but the lady was freaking out because she wanted to take the dog off the leash(which is a no no), but the dog would jump off the cliff and she couldn't stand the thought of that terrible tragedy. So she wanted her husband to walk the dog back, but he kept saying, "Let's keep the puppy on the leash." But the crazy lady would have nothing to do with it. So she obsessed about it and began yelling at her husband. She stormed off and her husband called after her asking her to wait and come up with a plan. But being impulsive, like she was, she grabbed the leash and left her husband and two kids behind without discussing anything. We were irritated by all of this stupidity and tried to escape on the path from these idiots, but the woman would keep walking past us and bringing her drama with her. At one point, she was near the cliff......:)
I can't do a post without some background info. If you want to cut costs, bring food in a cooler. The cafeteria is expensive. Parking is plentiful, but during summer months, get there early as the park will be packed. Make sure you have some good hiking shoes. There are really 3 parts to the canyon...well 4. If you were to do the whole thing, it would take you weeks. Most people visit the South Rim. The North Rim is far!! and an extra 215 miles away. If you want to do the North Rim, plan an extra day. There is, of course, the hike into the canyon. Make sure you bring plenty of water and have a guide. Passes are given out by the park system. No matter where you go, bring water with you because it's only located in a few places here and there along the rim.
Moon Over the Grand Canyon happened. But the shots could have been better because I had a camera that could take those shots. Work on the night option and consider bringing your tripod.
|Western Scrub Jay|
Everywhere you turn, there is something to discover.