When the staff left the North Rim on April 30th for Grand Canyon training on the South Rim the snow still covered the forest and meadows.
We got down to the warmth of House Rock Valley and a white mosaic could be seen on the plateau.
The Vermilion Cliffs rise from the valley floor to the north.
The Colorado River slices its way through the land carving Marble Canyon.
We took a side trip to Lee’s Ferry where a variety of boats transported settlers, missionaries, miners, traders, Indians and tourists across the river for 55 years before Navajo Bridge was completed in 1928.
Today, recreational boaters launch near the old ferry site to experience the wilds of the Colorado River.
Next we headed south through the Painted Desert.
And as we approached the turn off to head west onto the South Rim the San Francisco Peaks could be seen getting a new dusting of white. Would we never get away from the snow?
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