We’ve seen a LOT of canyons this trip. Of course there are the big names: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon (not actually a canyon), Canyonlands, etc. but there were also countless other lessor canyons each memorable in their own way. Some taller, some narrower, some barren, some much fuller of water than others. As far as canyons go, the one we experienced today was by far the grandest.
Having never been here before I didn’t really have any idea of what to expect. Of course, just to stand on the edge and look down it seems really big. Learning that all of Twin Sisters Peak, and in fact all of Longs’ Peak could fit inside it and still not clear the rim was the thing that really helped me understand what I was looking at.
And look at (in?) it is about the extent of what we did today. We took today as our rest day, covering only the touristy 2 miles or so around the lodge. I know I had a bit of an itch to begin the descent down the Kaibab Trail, but we’ll have to add that to the list of things to do next time.
Probably our best experience of the day was treating ourselves to lunch at the Grand Canyon Lodge dining room. We were seated at a table next to a giant picture window with a great view of the canyon below. We feasted on salmon (Zoe), chicken (Ellie), and sandwiches (Zak & Molly). We soaked up the atmosphere of a lodge that is a historic place in its own right.
From there we travelled back North to Utah and spent the afternoon sunning ourselves and swimming in the pool. Sprits are high and everyone is ready to tackle the Zion Narrows in the morning!