Monday we headed out from Santa Fe, NM toward Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. It was a long day of travel with a couple long stops, but we made it to Tusayan, AZ late that evening and set up camp in the Kaibab National Forest, about 1 mile from the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park.
Tuesday morning we set out. We got parked, and went first to the visitors’ center where we met with Ranger John to find out how best to approach the canyon, and to find out how Minnie Mouse could go about becoming a Grand Canyon Junior Ranger!
First, we walked to Mather Point. This was our first glimpse of the Canyon.
Words cannot describe what we saw. Our pictures will not do it justice, but all the same, I will share them. I have heard about the Grand Canyon. I have seen pictures of the Grand Canyon. But, nothing can compare to seeing it in person. Unbelievable. Stunning. It rendered me speechless and took my breath away. It didn’t look real.
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” (Eph. 3:18)
(In this picture, Minnie Mouse and I are in the very center!)
On our way back to Harriet for lunch, we saw this little beauty, just hanging out, posing for all the tourists! She’s a Mule Deer cow.
After lunch, we then headed to the shuttle to go to two different points along the rim. Out here we were able to see the Colorado River. Again, the views were spectacular.
One of the great things here was the fact that although they have made safe places for viewing, there is still a lot of natural beauty. There were huge rock steps we had to climb up and down, and trees and vegetation everywhere. Minnie Mouse thoroughly enjoyed all the climbing, and took the “high road” whenever possible!
Next we headed back to the Geology Museum for one of the programs presented by a ranger. Minnie Mouse had to participate in one of these to become a Junior Ranger. It was very interesting — we learned how the canyon was formed and why it will continue to deepen with time.
With her book signed and four activities completed, we headed back to the visitors’ center for the final part of the Junior Ranger program. Minnie Mouse had to take the ranger pledge, and then she received her badge! She is now an official Grand Canyon Junior Ranger!
We hung around the plaza for a bit, and then went back to our campsite. Vence went on a ride through the wilderness after dinner!
We ended our evening with a campfire!
But, the grand finale was the “light show” from above — the stars were “out of this world!”
And, here are some shots, just for fun.
See you at the next stop!