Welcome to the Grand Canyon. After a fun curvy road drive into the Grand Canyon area we set up camp at Trailer Village and drove down to the Visitors Center to get Junior Ranger books and some maps. We havenâ€™t seen this many people in a while. Even Glen Canyon seemed like a ghost town compared to this national park that has over 4.7 MILLION visitors a year.
I wanted to check out all the holes and see the sights again. The beautiful canyon behind me and I am looking into holes!
We hiked several trails including the Trail of Time. It was a neat trail because they have markers showing current day all the way to Earths beginnings. Along the trail are rocks from different time periods. It was a great way to learn about the geology of the canyon and how long it took to make! The Colorado River looks so TINY at the bottom of the canyon.
We also hiked part of Bright Angel Trail below the rim of the canyon. I got to see where they have the burrow rides along the trail down to the bottom. Most of the burrow rides are now rim trails with few going down into Phantom Ranch. All I know is there was a lot of burrow scat not he trail.
I spotted my first Stellar’s Jay!
We attended a Ranger Program about fossils and hiked a short trail to learn about how this all was ocean floor at one point as evident by the fossils we were able to find in the rocks.
Daddy took an afternoon break on the last day so Mom hiked the rest of the Trail of Time with us and then on out to some of the view points beyond the trail. We had a great time looking over the edge, walking so close to the edge that Mom was SCARED. We finally run out of water and opted to grab a shuttle bus back to the campground.
I learned how to take selfies! UGH!
The wildlife in the park was amazing we saw lots of birds, lizards, squirrels and ELK! The elk were EVERYWHERE, including our campsite.
The highlight of the wildlife for me was seeing a real living California Condor!