Day 3 – The North Rim, Grand Canyon
Slept on the floor last night. I wanted to sleep outside after we stargazed and ate cold smores, but Mom and Aunt T kept telling stories of scorpions and snakes. *EEK* My morning alarm was a fog-like horn outside. Come to find out, it was a truck passing by honking at Theresa. Mom says she was mooning the trucker. Who knows what she really was doing. We ate breakfast at the Cliff Dweller’s Lodge Restaurant. Basic egg like breakfast. We are so isolated out here, even though the nearest town is only an hour away, that means products have to be imported in. Thus to add chicken, beef, or ham to my morning ritual requires about 3 or more extra dollars. We’ve spent more money on this trip on food (with sharing) probably than we have on gas.
After everyone was up and ready, we headed to the nearby Cliff Dwellings, where falling rocks were turned into shelters and dwellings. I don’t know how long ago. Unfortunately it took until about mid afternoon for the light bulb in my brain to go off and realize why our hotel was called Cliff Dweller’s Lodge.
The only stop today is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. When referring to the Grand Canyon, people may say its “spectacular” or “been there, down that” or “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all”. While the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon no matter what side you are looking from, it’s most definitely not the same on all sides. There is a completely different vibe to the north rim. As you drive into the North Rim entrance to the National Park there is only one road. On this road, you encounter the most green we’ve seen since leaving Texas, rolling hills (equivalent to small mountains when you are from flat Northeast Texas), meadows, cool air, and when you roll the windows down a breath of fresh pine and aspen air. We took a short photo opp with some Buffalo, that we later discovered where actually Beefalo.
We stayed at the North Rim Lodge, which has such a summer camp, familial atmosphere. The main lodge has a Panoramic View of the Grand Canyon. Immediately took to a paved trail/overlook “Angel’s Point” which turned out to be just a little steep. We stopped about half way looked at the view, turned around, and headed to lunch. After lunch we dropped Mo off in the cabin, which was her room. Such quaint cabins, I absolutely loved them! Then the rest of us went out to Imperial (the highest point of the Grand Canyon) and Cape Royal Point. Both were breathtakingly spectacular views. Imperial is a perfect lunch spot or if willing to take the drive at night a great spot for star gazing. Cape Royal is another paved trail/overlook a little over a mile there and back. I discovered I am quite a thrill seeker while on this trip and found ample opportunities to get too close to the edge and have Mom yell at me. When Mom wasn’t looking, Aunt T’s Sagittariusness assisted in my thrill seeking. J HEHE. There is also another lookout on the hike to Cape Royal called Angel’s Window. It is apparently not “Greg-Proof”, meaning potential hazards for mischievous children. Mom and Aunt T called it the “Greg Gap”.
IMPORTANT: The Grand Canyon does not have bottled watered. They provide free water and ice stations for you to “reduce and reuse” your environmental impact. This water is natural spring water from the Grand Canyon containing minerals you may not be use to. If you experience gas, pressure in the stomach, or upset stomach. It’s probably those ancient minerals. It’s the only thing we could think of – once we left Arizona and drank some bottled water, my tummy felt like its normal self.