On the Rim
Trip Start May 21, 2013
10Trip End Jun 02, 2013
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We went straight to Mather Point. There is no way to describe the feeling of seeing this awesome natural feature. It is surreal, even the second time. No picture or video can adequately prepare you for the immensity and grandeur that overwhelms you. We spent the rest of the day hiking the Rim Trail and checking out Bright Angel Trail and the Kaibab (Keye-bab) Trail.
We moved west on the Rim Trail and next came to Yavapai (Ya-vah-pie) Point. Every time you go by another point you see a little different view and want to take even more pictures. There was a geology museum at Yavapai and it was really cool. They had a relief map of the canyon with all the pertinent features identified. It also explained all the layers of rock and how old each is. We rode the shuttle bus from Yavapai Point to the Train Depot Stop just below the El Tovar Lodge. The Grand Canyon Train was in the Depot and we went to see it. Then we walked up to the El Tovar Lodge and went in to see it. As National Park Lodges go it is not that spectacular. When we left the El Tovar we went to the Hopi House which is made of stones from the canyon. In front of the Hopi House there were two Navajo Indian brothers who were playing music, telling stories and doing traditional dances. One thing they told us was that their grandfather had been one of the "Code Talkers" of the Navajo
We walked by the Kachina Lodge, the Thunderbird Lodge and by the Bright Angel Lodge to the Lookout Studio. I found some turtles to buy for my Wild Wyoming Women friends and a pair of California Condor hiking socks. Next we went to the Kolb Studio which was originally a photography studio but now is a gift/book shop. Outside in the back of the studio there were places up high and down low on the rim where you could take pictures. When we were here in 2000 the Bright Angel Trail started right beside this Studio and you can still get on the trail from there. But they have constructed a new entrance further west where the shuttle bus can go and there is room for the mules that take people down the trail. We walked a little further west to the Trail Overlook to get a really good view of the Bright Angel Trail. A wedding was happening at the Trail Overlook which serves as a non-denominational place for religious services every day at 7:00 pm and twice on Sunday mornings. We turned around from there and went to catch the Blue Bus back to the Visitor's Center. But there were too many people waiting for it at the Bright Angel Trailhead so we walked to Bright Angel Lodge and went inside to the gift shop, I got a neck tie with special beads in that soak up water to keep your neck cool in the heat
When we got back it was 5:30 and the Center was closed. So we went to the car and headed back to the house. I made Pizza Casserole for supper. Erin had never had it before and she really liked it. We looked at pictures and blogged and went to bed.