I’ve been putting off writing this post, because what can you possibly say about the Grand Canyon (AZ) that hasn’t already been said?
I’ve seen it now a few times – the first when I was five – and every single time it takes my breath away. I’ll happily go back over and over again.
A couple notes: I assumed (stupidly) it would be relatively quiet in October, but, surprise! Everyone else had the same thought, including a steady stream of Germans, Japanese, and French. I was the American dodging all of them, grumpily muttering, “Who are all these people and why are they here at my Grand Canyon?”
Sigh. But still, the weather was cool and hikeable, and when I got away from Mather and Bright Angel Points, the crowds diminished and I was able to find some solitude. For a bit, anyway. At one point I was sitting on a rock just off an overlook trail, and a woman in her 60’s shouted from the trail behind me, “Are you here alone, sweetie?”
It took me a minute to realize she was hollering at me, but finally I turned to see her standing there, gripping the railing as if she were about to leap over and rescue me from what was surely a suicide mission. I explained I wasn’t alone, but that Sam the Wonder Pup was in the car, and that I’d be returning to him momentarily.
She seemed sort of relieved, though still unconvinced I wasn’t about to leap off the rock and plummet to my death. Apparently single women don’t sit in silence overlooking a steep drop without some sort of death wish. She asked me a few more questions, trying to suss out my mental state, then finally left me in silence.
But mostly the visit was, ahem, grand. Sadie, Sam, and I stayed at the Grand Canyon Camper Village, just a mile from the South Rim entrance. It’s not fancy, but it was clean, quiet, inexpensive, and the staff was friendly and helpful. I’ll stay there when I go back. The town of Tusayan, where the campground is, doesn’t have much in the way of fine dining, but there was a decent pizza joint and an Asian restaurant within walking distance, as well as an IMAX theater that had an awesome film about the Grand Canyon.
Now for a few photos:
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