I have way too many photos from Grand Canyon to do only post and I have therefore decided to split it into Grand Canyon on foot and Grand Canyon from the air.
So let’s start from the beginning. Before actually arriving at GC (yeah I’m going to shorten it from now on) I made the mistake of watching the IMAX film about GC at the National Geographics Visitor Center. I had the ‘lovely’ soundtrack of cameras taking photos right behind me the entire movie. I tried killing several people with my stare but they were all still alive at the end of the movie so apparently my deadly eyes are not functioning properly.
I had planned to spend two nights at GC but unfortunately but unfortunately in different lodges as that was all that was available when I booked in January. The first night was at Bright Angel Lodge right on the rim of Grand Canyon which gave me the best basis for watching the sunrise the first morning.
My first impression of GC when I watched it from the area around Bright
Angel Lodge the first cloudy afternoon was honestly not as breathtakingly beautiful as I’d expected. But that changed when I started descending below the rim on the Bright Angel Trail the next morning. This is one of the three trails that goes into the canyon from the South Rim.
Walking into the canyon wasn’t strenuous but it did require quite a lot of focus since the trail isn’t paved in any way and there is no railing. The view from below the rim just got more and more amazing the further I got. I did however decide to turn around shortly after the 1½ mile rest house because I wasn’t sure how the uphill hike would be. It wasn’t exactly easy-peasy hiking back up to the rim but when I returned to the top I felt pretty sure I could’ve continued all the way to the 3 mile rest house and I so wish I had! It took me about 2h 20min altogether.
Afterwards I started hiking the rim trail towards the western part of the park and the scenery just got more and more spectacular. I’m still a little surprised that the trail is right on the rim of the canyon with no railings most of the time in a country like The States where you’re usually warned against everything!
When I reached the viewpoint The Abyss I had to give in to my sore feet and aching knees and jump on one of the shuttle buses back to the Village (after about 11 miles I suppose it was fair to give my feet a break!) where I found my car and drove towards Grand Canyon Airport..