Grand Canyon, South Rim

To wrap up our 10th week on the road, we stayed at in Cameron, AZ and visited the Grand Canyon.  Johan travelled to the North Rim before it closed last week while I was on the girl’s trip, so we headed for the South Rim which is open year round.  (That picture of Johan pointing is where he is sitting in the pic on the post for the North Rim.)  We came in through the East Entrance, stopping at the Desert View Watchtower and a few lovely and uncrowded scenic stops before getting to the Village.  We hiked to the 1.5 mile marker of the Bright Angel Trail and along the Rim Trail.  The Grand Canyon is simply enormous (I don’t know why that surprised me so much) and heavily trafficked.  Tons of school buses and tour buses dropped off people and more people…we are so lucky to have seen this national park, but were also anxious to move on to less populated places.  Bucket List: Grand Canyon, check.

 

 

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Zion National Park, UT

From October 15th-18th we stayed in Hurricane, UT to visit St. George and Zion National Park.  Zion is incredibly beautiful and has some great hikes.  We started the first day early with a hike to Angel’s Landing (Johan went all the way to the top but I stopped at Chicken Lady Lookout just before the part with the chain started.)  Mad respect from me to anyone who has gone all the way to the top – I’ve discovered during this trip I have a fear of sheer drop offs, who knew?  The Emerald Pools hikes are shorter and less strenuous but still rewarding with the natural oasis at all three high, middle, and low pools.  We parked at Canyon Junction and rode the shuttle to the Temple of Sinawava and back down.  We didn’t hike The Narrows (wading for 1.9 miles in water with 5 million other pairs of dirty feet doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but we’ll have to go back one day so Johan can pursue toenail fungus).