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.