A Grand, Quiet Canyon

We arrived in Jacob Lake, Arizona yesterday. We’re staying at the only campground with hook-ups anywhere near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It’s a nice, wooded campground, and we lucked out in not only getting one of the more spacious sites, but one that backs up against the Kaibob National Forest, so we have a nice view of the woods outside of our dinette window.  It’s so nice to get back out of the desert, even if it’s only for a short time — we’re headed back up to Salt Lake City next, so Dennis can make a quick flight to the Bay Area and back.

Considering it’s Memorial Day weekend, it’s incredibly calm and quiet here.  I’m glad we’re on the North Rim, as I bet the South Rim was a madhouse this weekend.  We decided to go to the Canyon today, and I wanted to have breakfast at the Lodge. I also was having an extremely “relaxed” morning, but we managed to get there 8 minutes before they stopped serving breakfast a 10am (who stops serving breakfast at 10am on a Saturday?!).  The cooks showed their appreciation for our last-minute arrival by not even attempting to cook the eggs in my Benedict. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed a hot breakfast in a big historic old building with an amazing view.

Nothing makes me happier than breakfast out

The lodge was built in the 20s, burned down and rebuilt in the 30s. All the actual lodging is in separate cabins.

Brighty: A special mule, though I didn't bother to read why…

After we filled our tummies, we headed out to the lodge’s patio, which has one of the best views of the canyon. We sat in the adirondack chairs for a while and enjoyed the view and the warm sun.

Chillaxin'. Yes, I did just say that.

We started down a path to a small lookout area, and I was disappointed again to learn that my vertigo prevented me from getting very far.  I hung back and sat against a rock wall while Dennis enjoyed the view.  We learned that pretty much all the trails are too close to an edge (with no guardrails) for me to manage, so we didn’t do a whole lot of walking.  Dennis managed to take a few more short walks out to viewpoints. I wish I could have joined him!

Dennis looks out from Point Imperial

That is some deep ravine.

5 Comments

5 Responses to A Grand, Quiet Canyon

  1. Jeannie Butcher
    May 29, 2012 at 4:18 am :

    Still so envious of you guys, love your page.

  2. Alena
    May 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm :

    Great entry! I don’t blame you one bit for not being able to get close to the edge. of the canyon.

    That lodge looks amazing. Love the light fixture.

  3. Fernweh
    May 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm :

    Oh. My.Gosh…I love, and I mean really truly with all my heart, love your blog! The pictures are so great and I cannot wait to travel vicariously through you guys! :) Ok, I’m done. :)
    Obv I’m your newest follower too. Have a great day!

    http://findingfernweh.blogspot.com/

    • Kerri
      May 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm :

      Gee, thanks! I just checked out you’re blog, and it looks like you’re planning a similar journey! Good luck — I have no regrets; it’s been great so far!

  4. Stephen Krieg
    June 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm :

    Very nice blog. Yes, the paved trail out to Bright Angel Point is scary! There are handrails at the very narrow neck portion, and at the viewpoint at the end. Even so, it more than gives you pause.

    There have been three deaths in Grand Canyon so far this year from falling off the edge. None of them were at the viewpoints that have handrails.

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