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Old 10-27-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Pictures just don't do it justice.....

GW and I are now in AZ for much of the winter. We took 3 days last week and went up to see the Grand Canyon and it was everything I'd heard....and much more.

We tried to get rooms at in Grand Canyon National Park, but the ones along the South Rim of the canyon were all booked. We stayed in a little town called Tusayan which is about 5 minutes south of the entrance to the park.

The hotel we stayed in was a Best Western and I had enough points with them for one free night. So, being the cheapskate that I am, I took the one free night and paid for the second. I love how that works.

So here are some photos. These were all taken the first day we went into the park, and were taken from the area around Grand Canyon Village.






















Those of you who have been to the Canyon know what I mean when I say the photos don't do it justice. It seemed like every time I walked up to the rim of the canyon and looked at the view the only thing that came to mind was "WOW!" The colors were amazing but the thing that blew me away so much was just the size and scope of what we were seeing.

The Colorado River is what created the canyon and it's over 4,000' below the rim. At many places, the canyon is miles across, but it's really hard to judge distances by just standing there looking at it.

I have pics from the 2nd and 3rd days and I'll add those later.

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Old 10-27-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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Mr. GFC. GREAT shots and I agree the canyon is just too big to conceive of the actual size of the whole thing. Your daughter seems to be enjoying herself as well.
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It is awesome! Did you get to go out on that Skywalk I have read about?
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Mike, awesome shots. Is that the north or south rim? Kind of looks like the north, but the sun seems wrong for that.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:51 PM   #5
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I've been looking at pictures of that canyon all my life and everyone told me they don't do it justice. Wife and I drove through there last year and (Mike kindly gave us ideas of places to visit) visited the canyon... Wow! Everyone was right, no picture can do that place justice.

It is one place that has to be visited to even start to comprehend the scale of what is seen in the photos.
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Looking from South Ridge:



Boating upriver from the Canyon, on the San Juan River feeding Lake Powell:

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Back in the 1970s we used to fly through the canyon in small single- and twin-engine aircraft well below the canyon rim. It was always such a surreal experience. Nowadays, non-commercial flights are limited to 14000 MSL in most areas over the canyon. Ahhh...the good ol' days!

Very nice pics, Mike.
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Those of you who have been to the Canyon know what I mean when I say the photos don't do it justice. It seemed like every time I walked up to the rim of the canyon and looked at the view the only thing that came to mind was "WOW!" The colors were amazing but the thing that blew me away so much was just the size and scope of what we were seeing.
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I've been looking at pictures of that canyon all my life and everyone told me they don't do it justice. Wife and I drove through there last year and (Mike kindly gave us ideas of places to visit) visited the canyon... Wow! Everyone was right, no picture can do that place justice.

It is one place that has to be visited to even start to comprehend the scale of what is seen in the photos.
WOW is an understatement ... the GC and the hike down and up the Hermit Trail is the most mesmerizing and humbling experience we ever had. We hiked and climbed many maintains in US, Canada, and Europe, but GC hike down to the river was the one I will always remember.

Some photos from that hike ... sorry, the quality is not the best by today's standards but they were taken a decade ago.

Early morning, going down ... this is the trail.



Further down ... it's still the beginning.



Somewhere half way down ... the sun caught up with us.



Finally, reached the designated campsite ...



... in one of the side canyons (Hermit Creek Canyon).



Next morning ... checking for scorpions and rattler snakes.



Amazing sunrise ... and moon set.



Hiking out to go down to Colorado River.



This was humbling ... seeing the tent (bluish dot) in foreground disappearing in the background of enormous scale.



Not far from the river now ...



... Colorado River, Hermit Rapids.



Next day ... a view of Hermit Creek and Canyon from near the rim.



Another view of GC and Colorado River from near the rim.
There were wild fires somewhere and a lot of smoke in the air, btw.

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"Your daughter seems to be enjoying herself as well. "
She gets that comment a lot and loves it every time she hears it. I admit to being somewhat of a cradle robber. Makes life interesting and fun. She keeps me young.

"It is awesome! Did you get to go out on that Skywalk I have read about? "
No. We found out the Skywalk is in the part of the canyon that's near Vegas. Maybe we'll do that on another trip.

"Mike, awesome shots. Is that the north or south rim? Kind of looks like the north, but the sun seems wrong for that."
It is the south rim. We didn't have time on this trip to hit the north rim. We'll save that for another trip.


Richard, I enjoyed your photos and story. My tired, old knees are not up to hiking up and down the trails so we passed on that. We did do some walking along the trails that are at the top of the south rim. The beauty here is unparalleled and has to be witnessed first hand to be believed.

The pictures just don't do it justice.
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Somebody needs to photoshop a trawler in those pictures!

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I found the GC to be almost a religious experience. It is always so crowded; yet as the throngs of tourists approach the rim for the first time; they fall silent...they are so in awe of what they are seeing>
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Nicely done Tonic. It just looks like it belongs there. NOT. It looks like someone took a wrong turn coming out of somewhere and the skipper of that boat is about to be in deeper sh!t than he ever imagined.
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Nicely done Tonic. It just looks like it belongs there. NOT. It looks like someone took a wrong turn coming out of somewhere and the skipper of that boat is about to be in deeper sh!t than he ever imagined.
is that the skipper on the bow with the AP running the boat ?
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Shouldn't he be using a Danforth for that river??
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Here's our Grand Canyon here in Europe: the Gorges du Verdon, just one hour west of Cannes in France.



..and Moustiers at the top of the lake of St Croix.



Rush hour on the river.....

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Peter, those are beautiful photos. My Admiral and I are going to do a tour of Europe in a couple of years. So many places to see over there and so much history.

I can't wait.
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Peter, those are beautiful photos. My Admiral and I are going to do a tour of Europe in a couple of years. So many places to see over there and so much history.

I can't wait.
Cannes is a must see, and of course a drive up the coast to Monte Carlo; the Corniche Moyenne from Nice to Monaco that runs along the coast is too die for.
Think James Bond from the 60's.....

The Gorges du Verdon makes a lovely day outing from Cannes, stopping in Moustiers for Lunch. There's lots to see, including a colony of vultures that were recently introduced to the mountain valley.

My parents bought a small farmhouse in the area back in the 60's, so I've been visiting the area for a very long time; please ask if you want an itinerary of places to visit.
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Bags: I don't know what kind of stuff people are pitching here but everyone knows that there's only one boat that can handle those kind of rapids. The Queen!

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