Grand Canyon South Rim – Road-trip Day 1
Grand Canyon – amazing grandeur
Grand Canyon and the amazing views offered there is one way of making a head-start on a road-trip. I’d been there before and recognized that the landscape and nature is so grand that it is almost difficult to take in. To capture it by camera and do it justice… ..impossible! The scale of the canyon and how it can affect you is probably best shown by the guy in the picture below.
But a lot of people do it like this… Walking along the South Rim trail documenting their visit. And I kind of like capturing them capturing…
We made 4 stops on our way at the South Rim
Grandview Point – stop 1, walking the South Rim trail
To make the most of the experience I would like to spend some time there and take the chance to get away from the upper walking paths and hike. I’d like to try to get closer to the landscape. Above is the Grandview point on the South Rim trail, close to the visitor centre. We walked part of it towards west.
There are different theories about how the canyon was formed. The most told is of the Colorado river carving it’s way down through the rock. But today there are others as well. You can read some facts on the Canyon, it’s geology and history at the National Park Service homepage.
Walking along the South rim trail…
Duck on a Rock – stop 3
Is an interesting view point some 10 miles to the east of the Grand Canyon village. Looking at this photographer – Adam Schallau homepage it seems to be a good spot for a good sunrise view as well. We were there in the afternoon.
The star of the spot – the Duck
Taking in the atmosphere…
They asked one of us to take their picture in front of the rock. I got a wholly different angle
Desert view watchtower – stop 4
A different view of the Canyon is offered outside of the watchtower. I spent quite a lot of time out in the snow watching birds and plants. But caught up with some in the group and we climbed the watchtower. Unfortunately we entered as they were 10-minutes to closing. The tower was amasing inside.
For the benefit of my trip companions these posts will be in English. I trust that you, my regular readers understand. Google translate does a crappy job at translating anything but the simplest sentences. If you want an overview of the trip – it’s here…