Out West 2017! Grand Canyon Day 2

Day 2 of the grand canyon I wake up early to get those sunrise photos. I am out of photo practice so my photos don’t come out that spectacular. Luckily my subject matter is beautiful just on its own. After photos I go back to my cabin and get ready. After breakfast it is time to go Day 2 of hiking in the canyon. I am prepared with the appropriate layers today.

Today’s trail is Bright Angel trail and it is very near to our cabin. We hiked down into the canyon like we did the day before, this time going further down.

This squirrel kept trying to steal my banana. He was quite aggressive.
A couple times for the hike we had to move away to give room for the people coming up horseback. To go all the way down is not a day trip. There is lodging below, if you are lucky to get a booking. Hiking back is a day’s work and rough so many travel back by horse.

Magnificent views

After returning back I reward myself with a margarita. And we decide to check out the bar in the lodge. It is a not the best entertainment act they could have booked there. But it was nice to relax with some drinks.

The next day we are off north to see some more natural wonders. We stop for some more morning viewing of the canyon.

The grand canyon really is “all that”. I cannot believe it took me so long to visit. November seemed to be the perfect month to visit. It is fairly warm with cool evenings and mornings and no snow yet to worry about. I highly recommend that time of year

Out West 2017! Grand Canyon Day 1

Next stop on our road trip is the Grand Canyon. Yes, it is amazing as everyone says it is.
We spent two days here and splurged a little and stayed on site. I wanted to make sure we had as much time as possible to get at the Canyon.

We drove up from Flagstaff that morning and it took about an hour and half to arrive. We had some time to hike a little before checking into our lodge Bright Angel Lodge.

We started with the South Kaibab Trail. It seemed like an easy day one hike to do. It was fall but still very warm in the sun. I wish I would have worn shorts and a t-shirt.

We hiked down to the recommended day hike stop, Cedar Ridge. There were bathrooms and some room to eat some snacks with a spectacular view.

This is also the trail where I lost a friend the previous year. In an unfortunate accident she fell below. I took a moment to remember her and her sparkle. Her name is also unfortunately in the book that chronicles all the canyon deaths.