Grand Canyon National Park
I wanted to call this post Rim Job but was afraid of the number of hits I might get. Everyone reading this knows about this canyon. It's the Grandaddy of them all folks. Maybe you know it from the Brady Bunch episode or perhaps you have seen a picture of it. There a deeper canyons but nowhere else on the planet is there a more spectacular, scenic and colorful canyon. Every other canyon in the world is the Grand Canyon of this or that but there is only one original. Despite the crowds, the Grand Canyon is a must see bucket list sight. Our visit coincided with Spring Break but we managed to sidestep the crowds for the most part. Our home in the park was Mather Campground on the South Rim. That put us in the Times Square of the Grand Canyon National Park. I found the campground to be an oasis from the chaos at Mather Point. Our campsite was a tight shaded pull through with no hookups. It backed onto a bike trail that led us to the famous Mather Point on a one mile trail. We enjoyed morning walks and evening bike rides to the rim.
|Melizza and Maggie at Mather Point|
The North Rim campground was not open on our early Spring visit. That was where I wanted to go but the timing of our visit did not allow for that. We drove the scenic and highly recommended Desert View Drive that follows the rim for twenty five miles. Although it is hardly a secret, the crowds thin out quickly and there are numerous stops to gain a different perspective of the canyon. The iconic Desert View Watchtower is an architectural masterpiece that complement the natural setting. The view does not suck either.
Lucy and Ethan earned their Junior Ranger badges. Jack is too cool for that but he is all about the National Park Passport Book.
|This ranger loves her rim job|
|Junior Ranger Swearing In|
We contemplated taking a couple hour hike down one of the popular trails like Bright Angel but ultimately decided against it until Lucy is a bit older. She is tough as nails but after a couple of days, we opted for a change of scenery and headed toward Page, Arizona and southern Utah.