OK, so I still haven’t quite said goodbye to Grand Canyon. Today, Ranger Jessica (if she’d only get a blog I’d link to her) and I went to the South Rim from Flagstaff for a lecture by Dr. Douglas Schwartz, a renowned Grand Canyon archaeologist since the 1950s. The hour long lecture was interesting, nice to hear the story of revolutionary discoveries I’d read about from the man himself.
Yet the best part of being there occurred after lunch at El Tovar. The amazing view of the canyon and looking back towards the North Rim buried under dark clouds. It is still hard to say goodbye to the canyon. But, Mike and I have a permit to hike after Thanksgiving, down the South Kaibab Trail, two nights at Bright Angel camp, up the Bright Angel Trail with one night at Indian Garden camp. Hey, that’s next month!
Last Sunday after Mike got off work I had the camper loaded and we left for our two day weekend headed for Flagstaff.
We planned to just get off the Kaibab Plateau east about 1.5 hours away and camp on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) House Rock Valley.
Rainbow over Vermilion Cliffs & House Rock Valley
It’s so different having huge open sky above when you live under a forest.
And unless I walk to the canyon’s rim (I know that’s not really tough) I rarely see the moon and stars.
So I took advantage of this Big Sky and played around with the camera on the tripod to capture a big moon. OK, I know it’s not full big, but it is the first shot that’s been clear enough to tell it’s the moon.
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