September 7, 2006

The Grand Circle - Grand Canyon National Park

Third stop: Grand Canyon
Stayed at: Yavapai Lodge

We were supposed to go to the North Rim and then the South Rim. When we realized that although the distance from each other is only 10 miles "as the raven flies", it is actually a 5-hour drive because there is no direct route. So North Rim, we'll see you sometime, just not this trip.

Along the way, we passed by so many photo opportunities - the Navajo Bridge, Vermillion Cliffs, the Little Colorado Overlook. I'm still figuring out how to post them here. We even came across a composting toilet - an environmentally friendly waterless toilet, which is a must since water is a big issue in that part of the world. While driving through the Navajo Reservation, we kept passing signs that say, "Chief Yellowhorse loves you", "It's time for a break" and finally, "It's not too late to turn back." It worked its magic. We turned around and went to check out what they were selling.I ended up buying some jewelry. Smart marketing gig.

The Market Plaza is where Yavapai Lodge is. Yavapai Lodge is where you'll find the Canyon Cafe. They were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and served different stuff like fresh baked pizza, fried chicken, traditional entrees, hamburgers and a fresh self-serve salad bar. Not bad.

So what thoughts went through my mind while at the Grand Canyon?
1. It's a helluva place to get lost.
2. When are we coming back?
3. Will anybody ever figure or attempt an easy ecologically-sound way to go to the North Rim from the South Rim?
4. If you fall down, you fall down. No ands, ifs and buts about it.
5. I wonder how many people have committed suicide here?

For the life of me, I don't even know where that last thought came from.

The Grand Canyon lived up to its name. It WAS grand. You forget the trivial stuff and get reminded of what's important. The nice thing is, no matter how grand it is, you can still find your own spot in the sun to enjoy the silence and the stillness. Once again, I realized how small I am in the grand scheme of things. Yet no matter how small we are, we can still easily destroy it. Thank goodness there are people out there who know better. They're protecting it. I'll do my share...eventually.

It looked so beautiful, so unreal. It seemed like a painting. At least that's how I looked at it. How strange that I thought of that when faced with real beauty? I can't even take real beauty at face value.

The night before we left, we had dinner at the El Tovar. I had roasted half duck with sundried cranberry port glaze with ancho black bean rice. My husband had that evening's special mixed grill. Yum. Worth going back to. On the day we left, the 24th, we hiked down Bright Angel Trail where we stumbled upon a Very Fat Squirrel, the likes of which I've never seen before, who kept following us after hearing the sounds of potato chips. I've never seen such a fat squirrel who actually looked at you straight in the eye. It scared me. After that encounter with the squirrel, a chipmunk followed. I ended up dragging my husband back up the trail. Enough hiking and wildlife for the day, especially if we've got critters following us around. We ate lunch at the Bright Angel Restaurant where I had a humongous beef brisket, while my husband had pork loin. Then it was time to go back to Las Vegas.


Paige said...

Sounds like fun. Take me with y'all next time.
Happy Weekend

Cez said...

Sure, we can meet up! I'm still deciding how to post the videos we took using our digital camera. Have a great weekend!

Lynn said...

YouTube, dude.