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South Kaibob Trail
After leaving Mesa Verde, we stopped in Cortez for a quick breakfast and then in Four Corners. A little touristy gimmick where you can take a picture while standing at the cross-section of 4 states: Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. It's $3.00 to enter, which we found to be a little ridiculous, but we went in anyway to take the picture and to say we were there.

Arizona would great us with hot hot weather. We got to the Grand Canyon in the afternoon, and spent the rest of the day reading and napping away the hot afternoon sun.

The next morning we woke up at 4:30am to beat the heat, and took the park shuttle to the South Kaibob Trail head. On the ride there, we met a father and son who were quite the pair and great to talk to. They were planning on hiking down the trail and continuing on to the Colorado River.
South Kaibob Trail
A little reluctant, after hearing about where we've been, the dad pronounced, "Let's just have coffee and talk about Alaska!". We eventualy got on the shuttle and were on our way. We would run into them several times on the trail. They would eventually just head to Cedar Ridge, where we also turned around, before turning around themselves and staying at their hotel that night instead.

The hike is fantastic, especially that early in the morning, when we went back up, there were quite a few tourists hiking the trail and it was a lot busier and less natural.

We had parked our car at the visitor centre and so took the shuttle back there, where we feasted on snacks before embarking on a long walk on the Rim Trail from Mather Point to the Trailview overlook before taking a shuttle back to our car.
Along the Rim Trail
It was a great trail, and though it was very busy, it's interesting to see the changing views of the canyon. Maybe it's because I don't live in the US, but I never viewed the Grand Canyon as a major destination, but I knew that a lot of people dreamed of going there one day. When you're standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, you really get it. The enormity of this physical beauty takes your breath away, and you hardly think it's real. It's like a painted landscape that you could touch and feel with your fingers. This is why I've heard of the Grand Canyon. It's also neat to walk along the parking lot and see where all the cars liscence plates are from. We were no longer the lone BC plate wondering around, cars from all over the continent had gathered in this one spot.
View from the Watchtower


Incredibly tired, we feasted again, this time on a bean-filled salad. It was nice to be full, and we celebrated again by taking showers! By the afternoon, the sun was getting unbearable to be outside, so, happy that we had done everything we wanted to in the cooler morning, we headed back to our campsite for some downtown until dinner. "As per usual, I may fall asleep."

After dinner, we headed to the watchtower to watch the sunset. Again, a gorgeous view as the sun set on the Grand Canyon!

It would be another long day the next morning, as we woke early to catch the sunrise over the canyon before continuing our journey to Nevada, the Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas.
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South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
Along the Rim Trail
Along the Rim Trail
View from the Watchtower
View from the Watchtower
A pretty classic picture of Arizona
A pretty classic picture of Arizona
On the South Kaibob Trail. Wonderf…
On the South Kaibob Trail. Wonder…
South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
View from the South Kaibob Trail
View from the South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail
South Kaibob Trail. This hungry sq…
South Kaibob Trail. This hungry s…
View from the Watchtower
View from the Watchtower
The Watchtower
The Watchtower
Sunrise
Sunrise
Grand Canyon
photo by: Sunflower300