Day 6 of Grand Canyon Trip


Day 6 of the Grand Canyon Trip

We all slept in a little this morning after the long hike yesterday. But once we got up and started packing up the campsite, I walked up to the bathrooms to brush my teeth and as I was walking along I looked up and saw a beautiful creature! I actually at first didn’t see his set of antlers and thought it was just another elk, but I looked up and took another look and realized it wasn’t just another elk!  I called for the rest of the crew to bring the camera and got some great shots.

Elk in Mather's Campground at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Elk in Mather's Campground at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

 

After awhile he moseyed on along and we went back to packing up camp.

 

Branch of the Grand Canyon

We drove along the road to the North Rim and got some great views of the Canyon.

 

Colorado River

We went over the Colorado River and stopped at the rest area to look at the river.

 

Overlook going to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Another view along the road to the North Rim.

 

Jacob Lakes Inn

We finally got to our destination.  We were staying at Jacob Lake Inn for the night, before we moved on to the campground on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

Woods at Jacob Lakes Inn

We had a little extra time to kill, we couldn’t decide if we should go on to the North Rim or take a hike to Jacob Lake.  We decided to hike to Jacob Lake and set out on a trail behind the Inn.

Ian with a Mountain Short Horned Lizard

Along the way Ian caught a Mountain Short Horned Lizard.

 

Mountain Short Horned Lizard

An interesting tidbit about the Mountain Short Horned Lizard is that to adapt to the cooler environment, they give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, like normal lizards.

Finally our trail came to an end, which was at a local campground, but no Jacob Lake!  I went and asked where it was and the local people told us that it was more of a pond! 🙁

So we retraced our steps and decided to go on to the North Rim and check it out.

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

At the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

We walked out to Bright Angel Point, which was pretty narrow and very steep in some places, so Hannah had to be really encouraged!

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Views of the Canyon from the North Rim.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Looking out over the edge.

 

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Out at the Point.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 

Looking out over the Bright Angel Trail.  If you look carefully you can spot the Trail that Ian and Mark had hiked on the day before.  It is right in the center of the picture.  I marked the beginning and end of the trail area with a yellow dot!

After we walked around the visitor center and lodge area we went back to the Inn for the night.

One thing I will say is the North Rim is a lot different then the South Rim.  It is less busy and developed, cooler, and greener.  If you are looking for the typical touristy experience the you should stick to the South Rim.

 

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