Day 7 of Grand Canyon Trip


Day 7 Of our trip we ate a good breakfast at Jacob Lake Inn and drove back into the park for another day of hiking.

While your driving into the park on the North Rim side, it is completely different than the south side. It is meadows and trees with Aspen. I can imagine that it would be really pretty in the fall with all the Aspen. We also saw quiet a bit of wildlife in the meadow areas.

Meadow on the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 

Including this herd of Buffalo/Beefalo.

Buffalo/Beefalo Herd in Grand Canyon Park on North Rim

 

Instead of going back to the main Park area, we turned off and went down a curvy road toward the Cape Royal area. We decided to hike the Cape Final Trail, a 4 mile round trip hike that takes you through a forested area first and comes out to on to several overlooks of the Canyon.

 

Kaibab Squirrel

We caught site of one of the many squirrels in the park, this one only lives in this area, it is the Kaibab Squirrel, they call it the “Silver Ghost of the North Rim” because of its white tail.

North Rim of Grand Canyon

 

North Rim of Grand Canyon

 

The point at Cape Final, we even got Hannah out there for a picture!

Cape Final Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 

Finally made it to Cape Final Trail overlook and Ian decided to be a little daring, while his mother yelled at him the whole time and his father took pictures!  DO NOT DO THIS!

North Rim of Grand Canyon

North Rim of Grand Canyon

North Rim of Grand Canyon

Then Becca had to get into the action also!  And yes I yelled at her too!!!

North Rim of Grand Canyon

North Rim of Grand Canyon

North Rim of Grand Canyon

North Rim of Grand Canyon

Mark’s artistic shot of the Canyon.

North Rim of Grand Canyon

And my flower shot!

Cape Royal Point at Grand Canyon

Then we drove on out to Cape Royal and walked out to see the Canyon from that view-point.  View of the Point and Angel’s Window.  From Cape Royal Point you can really see the Colorado River going through the Canyon.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Another Flower shot, this is more of a bush then a flower, but it had a sweet fragrance to it.

After this hike we decided we had seen enough of the Grand Canyon and made a change to our plans.  We decided to spend only one night at the campground and then drive on to Utah the next day to Zion Canyon National Park.  So we went to the Campground and set up camp and cooked hot dogs and smores.

Campground at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

 The girls tent.

Campground at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Our tent, without the fly.  I never did get a shot of Ian’s sleeping accommodations!  He sleeps in a Bevy bag, which is a tent bag that slips over his sleeping bag, and has a net that you can zip up over your face so the bugs and other critters don’t crawl in!

Campground at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Enjoying the campfire!  After eating and cleaning up, we went to a short program on Bats, and then decided to go to the Lodge where a gentleman had a very powerful telescope set up to look at the stars and planets.  When we got there he had it set up on a shot of Saturn.  It was amazing!  Wish I could have taken a picture of it.  It was so clear you could see the rings perfectly and even the moons around it.  It was so perfect it looked like a picture that he had stuck in there.  The stars were amazing from the Canyon!

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