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Road Trip part four: Grand Canyon – South Rim

I just realized that I never finished blogging about our road trip. Since it happened in April, this is getting somewhat ridiculous…so, without further ado, our next stop on the trip: the Grand Canyon!

On our way from Page, we hit our first ever sandstorm – it was pretty intense for us non-desert dwellers. (Also intense: all the squished bugs on our windshield.)

Sandstorm

Driving towards the national park, we could see the ground opening wider and wider, and finally we could see the famous Desert View Watchtower:

Desert View Watchtower

We also got our only sizeable wildlife sighting of the trip (the rest were all chipmunks, squirrel-type things and lizards):

Fuzzy Mule Deer

After setting up camp and eating a quick dinner in one of the lodges, we just ended up playing cards and going to bed. This sounds horrible, but we were all really underwhelmed by the Grand Canyon. I think it was partly because we had already seen so many beautiful places on our trip (I know, we’re spoiled), but I have to say that the South Rim lacks some of the charm you can find up by the North Rim…in other words, there were just too many tourists and too many fancy buildings. I would probably like it much better if we had time to actually go for a hike and explore it without busloads of loud humans around us.

Anyhoo, enough whining. If the Grand Canyon is the low point of your trip, it means your vacation has been pretty freakin’ awesome.

The Grand Canyon

Sunset

After a freezing (literally – we were somewhere around 7,000 feet, so it dropped below freezing) night in our tents, we got up early (ugh, really early) to see the sunrise. We all looked amazing:

Sleepy, Dopey and Grumpy

Afterwards we quickly stuffed all our crap into the car and drove on to our main adventure of the trip: Havasu Canyon. Huzzah!

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  • Reply Camilla Gjerde August 13, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Jeg liker måten du blogger på. Nok en gang nydelige bilder- jeg har vanskelig for å tro at dere hadde en så nydelig, blå himmel hele ferien! Jeg og samboeren hadde planlagt å gå Besseggen nå denne uka, (etter reklame fra deg og nabon fikk jeg veldig veldig lyst til å se dette nydelig stedet med egne øyner… ) men været er jo begredelig… og vi har en dags kjøring her ifra i tillegg, så det er ikke så lett å ta det på sparket.. og snart er det vel for kaldt oppå der.*buhu* det får bli i 2009 da. Digger det opplagte lagbildet dere tok! haha

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    what an adventurous life you lead! :) beautiful shots as always! I love it! :) those sandstorms are scary!

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