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Horseshoe Mesa near Grandview Point
Went to the Grand Canyon today on a tour with Angel's Gate Tours. I was one of 12 passengers in a van driven by Bobby. Bobby must have a phobia about cars being in front of him, because he passed them all, even 4 at a time. After arriving safely, his knowledge of the Canyon was extraordinary. He led us to vantage points away from the crowds and that were more breathtaking then the designated overlooks.

The Grand Canyon is the great gorge of the Colorado River and one of the natural wonders of the world. It is 1 mile deep, from 4 to 18 miles wide, and 217 miles long. Although the South and North Rims are only 10 miles apart, they are separated by 215 miles of road.

We went to Grandview Point first and got the first glimpse of the Canyon. Here we could see Horseshoe Mesa. Next we drove to Desert View and saw the Watchtower.
California Condor, this is now my favorite photograph!
It was opened in 1933 and each stone was handpicked for size and appearance. At over 70 feet tall, the views are stunning. The tour company provided us a very nice gourmet lunch and the group chatted about the different trips they have taken.

After leaving Desert View, we retraced our route and headed West to Yavapai Point. Another gorgeous view of the Canyon and again, Bobby, the guide, took us to another "secret" vantage point that he knew of. Here he got out his spotting scope which allowed us to view up close Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon Lodge and the Kaibab Suspension Bridge.

We now had 2 options, we could go by van with Bobby to Grand Canyon Village, or we could walk the 1.5 miles along the Rim Trail to the Village. I chose to walk the trail and was not disappointed with the views.
Everybody needs to visit the Grand Canyon at least once in their lifetime
After arriving at the Village, I was very hot, as the temperature had climbed to about 74F and the trail was a steady incline. I went into the Hopi House to look around, when I heard a commotion outside.

My entire reason for going to the Grand Canyon, besides seeing it of course, was to photograph the California Condors that live in the Canyon. At this point, 5 hours into the tour and it was ending, I had only seen Ravens flying around the rim.

The commotion outside turned out to be everyone looking up at 2 California Condors circling the Village. My camera was already put into my backpack and I frantically pulled it out, turned it on and started to follow the Condors. It was at this point I realized I only had 1 shot left on the memory card.

And it only took one shot! I captured one of the Condors in full wing span right above me and the American Flag. After previewing the photo, I was grinning from ear to ear as I knew I just took my favorite photo. I hope you enjoy it too!

Arrived back at the hotel in Flagstaff around 6PM and started to edit the photos.


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Horseshoe Mesa near Grandview Point
Horseshoe Mesa near Grandview Point
California Condor, this is now my …
California Condor, this is now my…
Everybody needs to visit the Grand…
Everybody needs to visit the Gran…
Still trying out my new technique
Still trying out my new technique
Colorado River
Colorado River
Another view from Desert View
Another view from Desert View
Me, just West of the Watchtower
Me, just West of the Watchtower
The Watchtower at Desert View
The Watchtower at Desert View
Grand Canyon squirrel being fed by…
Grand Canyon squirrel being fed b…
Grand Canyon
photo by: Sunflower300