The North Rim

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
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Trip End Oct 26, 2010


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

To get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon we passed through an area of mountains rising from the plateau, first the Echo Cliffs in the east, descending into Marble Canyon as the road curved to the west, crossing the Colorado River and then the colorful Vermillion Cliffs before turning south toward the rim. The last little settlement is Jacob Lake where we stopped for gas and found a bakery with a dazzling array of tempting morsels.  The cookies alone are worth a stop!  




Leaving Jacob Lake we began to hear what sounded like grit hitting the windshield but it wasn't grit it was a "bug zone" and by the time we had driven through it there was so much blood spatter the windshield looked like a crime zone.  




We soon entered an area of beautiful meadows on both sides of the road, lined with quaking aspen in full color and the brilliant yellows mixed amongst the dark green of the pines was an awesome sight, almost as impressive as our first sight of Bright Angel from the window of the Grand Canyon Lodge.  

The lodge was rebuilt in the 1930’s after the original burned.  It is a masterpiece of stone and timber with lofty ceilings supported by enormous logs, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the north rim and comfortable seating areas around the windows and outside patios.  For it’s size and grandeur it has a very comfortable feel.  The main building houses a large auditorium sitting room with a large stone fireplace and the dining room.  Lodging is located adjacent to the main building in a series of charming log cabins nestled in the trees.

 
 

Just before sunset we walked the trail in front of the lodge that runs along the rim to several overlooks, each one offering breathtaking panoramas, the twilight casting a soft glow over the canyon.

The park campground was full so we had to backtrack about 20 miles from the lodge to the DeMotte campground, we will try again tomorrow for a site in the park. 
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