5/19/2013

May 16, 2013 Travel to Grand Canyon North Rim

I woke this morning feeling much better and we headed on down the road – first east to Arizona:

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Where the road goes on forever:

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We turned south at Fredonia and headed up and up into the mountains and the Kaibab National Forest:

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Large fire here in 2006:

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Beautiful Alpine Meadows at 8000’ feet in elevation:

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Snow, oh my:

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And herds of mule deer:

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This area was just opened yesterday, 15th, and that includes the road, lodges, campgrounds and national park.  We settled into the DeMotte Campground – Kaibab National Forest and then headed to the Grand Canyon North Rim:

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We first went to the lodge.

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  When you walk in past registration, you come to the overlook of the lounge.  Notice the view thru the windows:

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AWESOME!  There is a porch / balcony on each side of this lounge with incredible views.

The auditorium:

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Outside view of the lodge:

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In the center, the area jutting out is called Bright Angel Point so we headed out that way:

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The views from the point:

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One of the cabins:

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We saw this guy flying:

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This is a California Condor.

“Fossil evidence shows that condors have nested in the Grand Canyon area for approximately 50,000 years.  During the Pleistocene, when the canyon had a cooler and wetter climate, the California condor scavenged carcasses of sloth, mammoth, and horse.  A once flourishing bird, the California condor was almost gone by the 1980’s when there were fewer than two dozen left in the world.  Scientists have been working to re-establish their presence in central California and northern Arizona.  One confirmation of a successful reintroduction program is reproduction in the wild.”

This condor is being tracked – notice the number on his wings.

And for another good story:

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Here is Brighty and, of course, we rubbed his nose – Smile:

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We came back and sat out by the fireplace but it got too windy (there is a front coming thru – Sad smile).  So back inside, I took a nap (still not up to par), while Andy read.   This evening we both read!

Tomorrow we are doing the Rim Tour so stay tuned!

Stats for today:

Miles Traveled: 120 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Utah: Old Highway 91; 5300 W Street; SR-9; SR-59

Arizona: SR-389; US-89A; SR-67

2 comments:

Judy and Emma said...

This should be a nice time to be at the North Rim, before all the hordes of people get there. :)

Diane said...

Hi Judy and Emma, It sure was a wonderful time - :-))