Took a leisurely 8 night ramble down and around the Grand Canyon. I hadn't been there since I was about 5 years old, so I thought maybe it was time.
Spent 3 days camped at the North Rim, which was pretty quiet, as they were closing for the winter that week-end. We tried to backpack 14 miles down to Bright Angel and the Colorado River, but it wasn't to be - with no reservation, we were on the waiting list for 3 days, and finally gave up trying after 4 trips into the backcountry office. There's not many trails in the Canyon itself, little water, and limited spots to camp, so I guess I understand.
Then we went to the South Rim. It's funny how the park service guards access into the canyon, while at the same time over the years they've essentially lost control of the South Rim and allowed it become Disneyland. Hotels, parking lots, a really crappy shuttle system, "Gift" shops, and miles of paved "trail" all clustered on the edge.
This image *I think* was taken from Mohave Point, looking northwest, but I could be wrong (There are a lot of lookouts on the South Rim). Colorado River, 5000 ft. down, is visible lower left.
© 2010 Steve Dunleavy