Travel Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes on the road; 11 hours at the Canyon
Pictures Taken: 255
The one and only thing we did today was see the Grand Canyon! It was hotter than expected (though much cooler than the canyon floor). The heat, combined with the altitude meant we were exhausted very quickly. Water was available for purchase (and at $1.99 for a 1.5L bottle it was a bargain) but it was room temperature, which quickly warmed to near-boiling.
We were at the South Rim of the park, which appears to be the more popular rim. I assume that the pictures I took below look nearly identical to everyone else's photos of the canyon, but it was my first time there and I was in awe. I just kept snapping away. (I'm writing the summary first then just posting the pictures below so you don't have to wade through them if you don't want to.)
We took shuttle buses for the majority of the time, which was fine until the late afternoon when they were standing room only. The main thing we learned on the buses is that the ratio of Americans to non-Americans at the Grand Canyon is approximately 1:1. At one point on the bus, we heard conversations in no less than five languages at once (none of them English)!
Because I had toted along my tripod, I was asked at almost every viewpoint to take someone else's picture - I need to start charging! We did see some wildlife along the rim - including a cute little squirrel and a very nonplussed deer.
At the end of the day, we drove about 36 miles beyond the entrance point to the Eastern entrance point to the Watchtower area to watch the sunset. The guidebooks all claimed it would be less crowded. They lied. It was quite crowded and VERY noisy - although we noted that the only loud, obnoxious children running around were the American children. Sigh. But the sunset was beautiful! There were clouds and a far-off storm across the canyon which made for some glorious colors!
We arrived back in Williams at 9:30 pm and pretty much crashed. Tomorrow we're off to California!
This is Kolb Studio - once a haven for artists, now a gift shop.
The Colorado River looking a bit muddy.