Camping on the North Rim.
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By now, some of you should have picked up on the idea that I have a soft spot for the Southwest. The first time I went out to Arizona, I didn't want to come back to Florida. The second time, I talked my then girlfriend, Maureen, into tagging along...she loved the whole trip. The third time, she talked her family into tagging along. And it was during this trip that she planned a weekend camping trip to the North Rim for the two of us. For those who have never been there, the North Rim is so much cooler then the South Rim. Keep in mind that its about a thousand foot higher and located on the Utah side of the canyon. That and its a whole lot more secluded.
After dropping her family off in Flagstaff, we loaded up the Jeep and headed towards the canyon.
Once you get to the turn off for getting to the North Rim, it gets bumpy. Sure, there is a road but its not paved. Did I mention to make sure you have a full tank of gas and lots of water? And a GPS sure helps alot too. When we started off, the Jeep was nice and clean. By the time we reached the midway point, she was not liking us one bit. There was so much dust and dirt, that we had to use the wipers to see the road.
Now, there are three camp sites for the North Rim. Two of them are pretty much suited for family camping with nice sites and water and such. And these are located closer to the main section where the tourists are. But the site we were headed to is the Tuweep Campground. Which is pretty secluded and limited to like 40 people a day, since there are only 11 spots to set up a tent. Did I mention that this place is known as a "primitive" site.
As you will see from the pictures, the place is amazing. If there was any place on Earth where you won't hear a sound, this place comes pretty damn close. After driving for what felt like hours, we reached the site. And guess what, we were the only one there. So we picked the one tent site that was closest to the cliff. Thank goodness the two of us don't sleepwalk. We set up the site, walked around to check out the area, and just plain old relaxed.
After about two hours of being alone, we saw something kicking up dust on the road . A few minutes later around a turn came...you guessed it...two Germens in a minivan of all things. Knowing what the ride was like in the Jeep, I had to laugh at seeing the minivan.
After dinner when the two Germens (please forgive me, I don't remember their names) went to bed, Maureen and I just laid back on the rocks and watched the night site. IT WAS AMAZING!!! The night sky was so clear you can actually see bands of the Milky Way. You can also see satelites as they orbit by...I kid you not. This is what we geeks call zero light pollution. There was a gentle night breeze, and the air was so crisp and clean. If you like camping...try this site.
So I hope you like the pictures. Sorry but I don't have any of the night sky.