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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Road Trip, Day 8 (Pt. 2); Grand Canyon National Park

We rode around on the free shuttles at Grand Canyon National Park, pausing at one point for breakfast at the restaurant in Bright Angel Lodge. Walking in I smelled maple syrup, and the order for pancakes became destiny. They were delicious.

We watched a cool, informative movie about the Grand Canyon at the visitor's center. This was actually our last stop before deciding to go home, but it seemed a good photo to start this post with.

At one stop along the eastern route of the shuttle, I saw this tree stump, which looked like an owl face.

The colors were beautiful.

Yet another lizard, tucked away at another one of our stops.

This shot was taken shortly after dawn along the shuttle's western route. I liked the shadows, which add depth and drama not seen later in the day.

Tree sap near an old uranium mine.

I often tease Charles about his book addiction, so I had to get this shot of him leaving with a purchase. I'm reflected in the glass, too (wearing a symbol of my own addiction, my Pink Floyd t-shirt. In a similar, more recent vein, Thurs., Jul. 28th is Rick Wright's birthday, may he rest in peace.)

Another shot relatively early in the morning. Having gone with too little sleep, by 9am we were practically falling asleep on the shuttles around the rim. We managed to stick it out 'til around 1:30pm. It was a good time to leave--the park, virtually ours, alone at sunrise, was now packed with tourists.

We had a couple of long drives ahead of us. We went through the area of Humphrey's Peak (remember my photo from our day at Meteor Crater?) Here we reached our highest elevation on the trip, about 8,000 feet. We overnighted in Show Low, AZ, then went on to Alamagordo, NM.

Next stop; White Sands Nat'l Monument


Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, your teasing about my "addiction" is really unkind. :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; At least you can admit to your addiction, I s'pose. ;)

Merisi said...

What a beautiful part of the world! Your images evoke such fond memories. Charles looks content in both pictures - did he manage to buy books also at the visitor center? ;-)

NancyU said...

Thanks for putting the link to the The Grand Canyon Orphan Mine in the article. It was interesting reading about the mines story after looking at your photos.

Travis Cody said...

When we were at the Canyon last week, I was reminded again of the definition of the word expansive. It really is an extraordinary place.

Cloudia said...

your pictures would not be possible one moment later....

light, shadow, skies.

You show us the WEST!

Aloha from Waikiki;

Comfort Spiral


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Lana Gramlich said...

Merisi; Thanks! The bookstore was right near the visitor's center, if I remember correctly. We saw a short film there that was pretty cool.

NancyU; You're quite welcome. :)

Travis; Agreed!

Cloudia; Thanks. :)

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

Nice shots. I share Charles' addiction. I am in constant trouble for the ever growing library!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks. :) It could be worse. *LOL*

Chrissy said...

Wow, very beautiful :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Chrissy; Agreed! :)

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