Grand Canyon – Part II . . .

Here’s Part II of our Grand Canyon visit yesterday.

Today we visited the Bearizona Wildlife Park here in Williams, but I’ll save it for tomorrow’s blog since we’ll be traveling and won’t have much that is blog-worthy.

We walked further along the rim, just taking in the fantastic scenery.

Canyon Rock Face

This is a view of the legendary El Tovar Hotel looking back from Fred Harvey’s Lookout Studio.

El Tovar

More great views.

Canyon 10

Canyon Lookout 2

Around 1 pm we headed back around the rim to the Bright Angel Dining Room to have lunch. Unfortunately, the place was busy so we didn’t get a table by the window overlooking the canyon, but in consolation, the food was delicious.

Bright Angel Dining Rm

I had the BBQ Sampler Plate with chicken, ribs, and pulled pork, with two very tasty BBQ sauces, including a Prickly Pear Honey sauce.

Bright Angel Diner

Jan had a Pistachio Chicken Salad Sandwich on Ciabatta bread.

Bright Angel Diner 2

These people are heading down one of the many hiking trails. They start out along the rim,

Canyon Trail 1

then work their way thru the tunnel.

Canyon Trail 2

You can take the trail all the way to the bottom of the Canyon and on to the fabled Phantom Ranch

Canyon Trail 3

Phantom Ranch 1

The beginning of the bright green strip is where the Phantom Ranch is located.

Canyon Trail Full 2

Up close, it looks like this. It’s a 12 mile hike down here.

Phantom Ranch 2

And then another 4 miles along here, out to the edge of the bottom canyon.

Canyon Trail 14

I was really surprised Jan was able to do this. She has a real fear of heights so this was a feat for her. I’m really proud of her.

Canyon Rim Jan

I, on the other hand, am more like this guy. The higher, the scarier, the better. Jan calls it ‘riding that ragged edge”

I call it fun.

My Kind of Guy

Canyon 11

Canyon 12

Canyon 13

Heading back to the train depot, we took a quick detour into the El Tovar Hotel. While Jan was checking out the gift shop, I stuck my head in the main dining room. Talk about nice!

El Tovar Dining Room

Finally, about 3:15, we boarded our train car for the trip home.

Canyon Train Home

We pulled back into the Williams Train Depot about 5:45 and made our way back to the RV park a few minutes away.

And we had something great waiting for us. Terry had promised to have one of her great Mexican dinners waiting for us. Spicy Chicken Enchiladas, Roasted Shredded Pork Tacos, and Refried Beans. WOW!

The perfect end to a fantastic day!

More tomorrow.


Thought for the Day:

"Government health care is like a hospital gown. You only think you’re covered".



3 Responses

  1. Howdy Greg,
    Thank you, again for the Grand Canyon Tour!!! It was worth every cent we saved !!! I was proud of Jan also, too.. Did you hear about the ‘killer’ from Plano,TX who jumped off into the canyon last week, trying to commit suicide ??? At the South Rim !!! Some rich guy killed his girlfriend and then ran like a scared rabbit… The rangers saved his punky a-s.. Should have kicked him on off in the canyon…

    Smooth roads & balmy breezes !!!!!!!

  2. Hi Greg & Jan
    Just want to correct your blog. The green strip in your photo is an area called Indian Garden. It is an oasis for hikers (has water) and is 4.6 miles down Bright Angel Trail. The point at the end is called Plateau Point and is 6.1 miles down from the top. You can see the Colorado River and the black basalt formation from there. Phantom Ranch is even further down on a trail to the right that you cannot see from the top. To get to Phantom Ranch one must cross the river and go up a small stream on the other side. Itr is 12 miles to Phantom Ranch and takes all day to get there. One would need reservations to spend the night and return the next day. The hike is very steep and strenuous. So glad you got to enjoy the beauty of Grand Canyon!
    Nancy C.

  3. Nancy,

    Thanks for the update.

    I ask two different rangers if I was seeing the Phantom Ranch down there and was told Yes.

    I asked because according to the map I had, I thought it was further away.

    Looks like I was right.

    Thanks again for the correction, and thanks for reading the blog.


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