July 26 & 27, 2016

So many possibilities for camping on the Kaibab.  Just about every gravel Forest Road (FR) offers obvious opportunities within a couple miles of pavement, or much farther if you choose.  Our choice was at the western edge of the old 2006 Warm fire where I hoped to maybe see some condors.

Cow Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaInstead we saw cows in our shared meadow and pine forest at Mile-and-a-half Lake along FR212 on the Kaibab National Forest.  But they kept their distance and no other people stopped by.

Light on grass & trees Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaSunlight streamed through the trees highlighting grasses and the deep ruddy bark of ponderosa.  The sweet smell reminds me of cookies fresh out of the oven.

Forest Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212  Kaibab National Forest ArizonaA rather open forest from some obvious selective cutting and burns yet the trees march on out of sight.

Camp SR212 Mile & a Half Lake Kaibab National Forest ArizonaSeveral fire rings indicated others have camped here before but at that time there was still a fire ban on the Kaibab.

Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212  Kaibab National Forest ArizonaBill enjoyed the open sky inside our ring of trees.  He suffers from dendrophobia you know.  And Sasha sniffed her way around the perimeter leaving her social media messages on every blade of grass.

 

Gaelyn's shadow Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaUnlike the almost hot day before at Crazy Jug looking for shade we moved our chairs to follow the sun at this higher elevation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaBirds singing lovely songs flitted in and out far too fast for me to photograph.  A few “pies” scattered around yet all in all a nice quiet place to spend a night camping under the stars.

Mile & a Half Lake SR212  Kaibab National Forest Arizona

Mile & a Half Lake SR212  Kaibab National Forest ArizonaIn the morning under better light conditions we took a short walk to look down on the lake.  It was more like a mud wallow for cattle.  The fence didn’t slow them down a bit.

Sun on grass Mile & a Half Lake camp SR212 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaNo rush to leave so relaxed in camp and watched the morning light play on the grasses and trees.

Crane Lake SR67 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaHit the nearby pavement around noon after saying goodbyes to head home in opposite directions.  I drove south on SR67 past more meadows with shrinking waterholes like at Crane Lake.

North Rim Country Store & Kaibab Lodge SR67 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaPast the North Rim Country Store and the Kaibab Lodge.

www.northrimcountrystore.com/          www.kaibablodge.com/

Meadows & entrance station SR67 Kaibab National Forest ArizonaThrough the entrance back into the park.  Can you see the station building at what appears the end of the road?

Bison SR67 North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaAnd just inside the park saw the bison causing a traffic jam.

Touron & bison SR67 South North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaPlus a Touron stupidious maximus.