Surrendering to the Weather at the Grand Canyon
We arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park on a cold rainy night and immediately went to our campsite. So the next morning, we woke up and trudged with great enthusiasm through even more cold rain to the Visitor’s Center. The posted weather report said that it would rain all day, so we spent quite a bit of time checking out all of the informative exhibits while we were inside and dry, despite the flickering lights from the Center’s malfunctioning solar panels.
I was determined not to waste the day, despite the weather! So we got back in the RV and started driving the Canyon’s Rim. At first, we saw absolutely nothing. Just a whole bunch of white fog, or gray rain. Occasionally a rock wall would poke through the fog, but nothing that took your breath away, which is the generally expected reaction to seeing the Grand Canyon.
I finally gave up on trying to see anything, so we spent hours doing laundry, taking showers, lunching at the lodge, and trying to pass the time.
Around 5 pm, Todd looked out of the front window and reported some blue in the sky! I ran to the front and found a few patches of bright light in the sky – sun! So we got back on the road to try and catch one of the famous Grand Canyon sunsets. We were so excited to actually see any part of the canyon that we kept pulling over at random spots to catch a glimpse of the beautiful golden peaks atop the pink and red walls. We eventually arrived at Mojave Point, where I took my favorite shot:
And here are some other, less glorious sunset images, including us messing around. It was so cold and windy that we could only take a few minutes at a time on the edge with the baby. She was a trooper and just smiled as she snuggled into us to get away from the cold and wind.
Before we left the park, we tried to spend a morning hiking the rim of the Grand Canyon. Once again, we were defeated by weather. Even though sweet Josephine was all bundled up, our SoCal baby was not at all happy with cold wind and occasional rain drop on the 0.7 mile walk from the Visitor’s Center to the Geology Museum.
Her constant whimpering made it difficult for me to really soak in the views as I was distracted by trying to make her more comfortable.
Still, it was amazing! The size alone is a lot to take in – 18 miles long and a mile deep. You can’t see all of it from any one point on the rim, although I think next time I’m at the park I’ll look into helicopter tours for a new perspective. There is very little vegetation in the canyon so you just see one formation then another, and your eyes scan up and down the rock faces. I felt like I was an overused zoom lens, looking out to see it all then focusing on a tiny point, over and over again.
Here are a few views:
Despite the weather it was truly awe-inspiring to see the Grand Canyon, and I think it joined the ranks of Yosemite – a park that I will visit again and again.