. In fact, the best place to observe them is a 5 minute walk from our cabin. We have gone down several times in the hopes of catching a glimpse, but, as of yet, have not been successful. They are the largest bird in North America and have a wingspan of nearly 10 feet and weigh up to 23 pounds.
We were back to our cabin for lunchtime and then spent a couple of hours in the heat of the day, napping and writing postcards. Then we headed out to the town of Tusaya which is just south of the Park and filled up Odie with gas in anticipation of our drive to Zion National Park tomorrow and also filled up our propane bottle which was getting dangerously low. We are now set with cooking fuel for another couple of weeks. The highlight of the afternoon was the Grand Canyon movie which we saw at the National Geographic Imax theater in Tusaya. We all enjoyed this compelling 34 minute film which detailed the history of the canyon in terms of people whom had lived there over the years, Major John Powell who led the first expedition to travel the Colorado River through the length of the canyon and the animals who make the canyon their home. It was a great movie and the kids' first exposure to the Imax experience. I sense, that having been once, we may need to stop and view more Imax films along our journey.
The funny story of the day was that we had planned to attend the 3:30 showing of the above film
. Tim went in early in order to buy tickets in order to ensure seats at the time that we wanted and asked for tickets to the 3:30. The man selling tickets said "what about the 2:30 showing?" Tim replied, "well that's started, we're too late." To which he was informed that in this area, maybe in Arizona, maybe in the Mountain time zone, (we're still not clear on the details) Daylight Savings time is not observed. Therefore our sleep-in and late start had meant that we were really up at 5:30 and out of bed and into the park by 7:30. It also explains why, when we went to dinner last night at (what we thought) was 6:30, the restaurant was so empty and why it suddenly filled up later on. Oops……these time zones sure are tricky!
After the Imax, we topped up on groceries, mailed all of the postcards we had written and cruised back to the hotel in anticipation of the dinner in the Maswik Lodge Cafeteria. Then bedtime and on the road to Zion tomorrow.
Today we lay in bed and enjoyed the cool weather and breeze that was blowing through the windows of our quarter cabin at Maswik Lodge. It was a slow start because we were already in the Park and saw no reason to rush into our day. As it turned out, as I will explain later, our plan backfired and we were up much earlier than anticipated. Anyway, after breakfast we headed out into the park in order to walk along the Rim Trail and stop at various overlooks in order to stare at the vastness of the canyon and contemplate the process of its creation and existence. We spent a few hours in just this pursuit and even took a few short walks beneath the rim. It was harder than expected to climb back up after we walked down due to the elevation and our chronic colds which seem to have been in place for a couple of weeks now. Nevertheless, we persisted and really enjoyed our time along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We also went to the Visitor Center and watched their film about the park. One of the facts and interesting tidbits that we learned was that California Condors have been successfully reintroduced into the park