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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Road Trip, Day 8 (Pt. 1); Grand Canyon National Park

We woke extra early on Sun., May 15th and made our way to Grand Canyon National Park. I'd been here 15 years ago, but then I wasn't able to stay long (not to mention that the camera I was using wasn't working right.) This was Charles' first visit.

Arriving around 5am, we got in for free (the entry booths were not yet open for business.)

It was c-c-cold! About 42F with a pretty steady, 15mph wind. We parked near El Tovar to put on extra layers of clothing. They say that "all things happen for a reason." In this case, we ran into a gentleman who told us about something to see just outside the restaurant at Bright Angel Lodge, nearby.

He wasn't kidding! As mentioned in a blog entry wayyy back in Carlsbad, NM, here's the better shots of elk taken at the more interesting location. They were really very patient and calm. Surrounded by eager shutterbugs, the elk just grazed to their hearts' content.

Charles also spotted this common desert centipede, desperately trying to warm up for the day.

I loved the way the canyon peeked out of the mist as the sun rose.

One of our few sightings of the Colorado River, the same waterway that comprised Horseshoe Bend.

Despite how tired we were, the Grand Canyon at sunrise was an awesome sight.

Next post; The Grand Canyon, con't.


Charles Gramlich said...

Youse was the most awesome sight at dawn.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; No, you. :)

NancyU said...

That is an amazing photo of the elk. I am surprised that you were able to get that close to them without them running off. This trip has been full of cool stuff!

Lana Gramlich said...

Nancy; I spent many moons planning the trip, so I'm glad it all worked out as well as it did. :) The elk seemed used to people, lucky for us. We ran into a sign later discouraging people from getting to close or touching wildlife (of course,) so it must not be all that uncommon of an occurrence.

BossLady said...

Gorgeous photos. I shall return ... many times, I'm sure!

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, BossLady. I'm glad you've enjoyed your visit. :)

Cloudia said...

wonderfully captured!

do those centipedes sting like ours?

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Lana Gramlich said...

Cloudia; Thanks. I have no idea about the centipedes, but we have a similar species in Louisiana with a very painful sting.

Travis Cody said...

We visited the Canyon during our vacation too. It was much warmer in July, but we also got a great display of lightening as the monsoons rolled in.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; That must've been cool! The last time I was here it started snowing & I ended up stuck in a hotel in Flagstaff for 2 days. <:\

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