May 13, 2016
A view from my RV front door.
Side trips from the Route 66 trip are always fun! Today was the Grand Canyon. A friend of mine has moved to Phoenix and she agreed to accompany me to the Grand Canyon’s Southern Rim. It was great to have a companion along for the day.
It is difficult to express just how large the Grand Canyon really is. We entered at the Eastern entry and made our way to the Visitor’s center on the map below. Less than 1/4th the distance of the canyon itself. A sign posted stated that the Indian Reservation had a glass viewing walkway only 257 miles away!
We paused along the way to capture a photo of the ‘Little Colorado River’ and its effect on the landscape. This isn’t even the Grand Canyon yet.
Our first stop was at the Watch Tower.
Our first view of the Grand Canyon from the area surrounding the tower. The Colorado River is seen winding through the canyon floor.
We stopped at another viewing point and I took this photo of the Tower in the distance.
Photos of the Grand Canyon.
We did stop at the Tusayan museum and ruins to learn more of the Indians that lived on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
The smell of Juniper Trees was intoxicating as we walked through the forest.
In the distance you can see the snowcapped San Franciscan Peaks.
So just how adventurous are you? This is part of the trail going down into the canyon.
Wildlife at the Visitor’s Center
Can you make out the mule train trail?
On our way back we passed through higher elevations and this is the San Francisco Peaks.