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c.traveler2

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Posted: 12/13/09 04:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last Chance Get away of 2009

Our original plan was to visit Yosmite National Park and explore the surrounding area, but due to the spreading fire we change our plans at the time. After much discussion and some Internet searching it was decided to go a couple of areas that we hadn’t ever been to and re-visit a couple of national parks we’ve been to before.

Grand Canyon North Rim
Part3
Into The North Rim


September 28,2009

What a beautiful morning, clear blue sky all the way to heaven. Our Canadian neighbor had left a short while ago. Julie once again is making one of her fantastic morning meals.
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Before making our way into the national park, it was back to the neighbor hood gas station for propane. While there we ran across a motorcyclist we had seen out at Toroweap, of course I said a howdy to him.
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We made a quick stop back into the Kaibab Plateau visitor center to get more information on disperse camping just incase the North Rim campground was full.
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Inside the visitor center is some very life like displays, well they were once alive.

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Retired couples are traveling in this one sitting in the parking area.
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Enough of the idlest, down the road (Hwy67) toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon we go.
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Not long on Hwy67 some Quaking Aspens were starting to appear with a showing of their changing colors. We are enjoying the ever-changing landscape, another TC headed towards us and as it passes the people inside wave to us.
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The valley we are traversing through opens up to some long strips of open meadows with a lot more Quaking Aspens on the near by hill slopes.
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My Julie and I hadn’t known that the changing of the colors would be so amazing. In short order we’re leaving Kaibab Forest and entering the Grand Canyon’s North Rim entrances.
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Once at the entrance kiosk we could see that the campground had a “full” sign, good thing we had already decided to camp in the national forest.
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Taking a look at the map provide with our entrance fee it was decide to drive to Pt. Imperial area. The road going up there was lined with aspens, pines and other small shrubs.
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After a few miles this road split and Pt. Imperial is only 3 miles away, the other way goes to Cape Royal.
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Parking at Pt. Imperial is a one-way loop with picnic area in the core area. Julie and I headed out to the rim trail and were greeted by an awe some sights.
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Making our way down to the outlook, every step showed a different facet of millions of years of natural art work.
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Time was moving along despite or effort to slow it down, so back to the TC to head into the Lodge area to check it out.
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Upon arriving in the Lodge area parking would be a little crowded, but we were able to find a space on the far end. This turned out to be a good thing for we got a great view of Roaring Springs Canyon as we walked along the trail by the parking area.
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Making our way through the collection of rental cabins, I noticed that the little four legged fur balls didn’t have much fear of people.
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Lodge area without a doubt is set up for commercial enterprising, Julie and I walked through the Lodge to the downstairs viewing room, then out to the patio.
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Once again we weren’t disappointed by what nature has done, just one wondrous view after another. Wandering down the trail to the outlook to get a closer look at one of those great viewing areas.
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Like all good things our time here today was running out, so back to the TC and we headed to Forest Road22 to find a spot for the night.
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At the Kaibab Plateau visitor center we were told to go up to FR462, hang a right and there would be many spur roads into the forest.
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At random I picked one of those spur road and drove into a sight of yellow, reds oranges and lighter greens.
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Driving only a few miles in we found a site we liked with aspens and pine trees surrounding us.
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Julie spotted a Blue Spruce, “Can I take it home?”
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For tomorrow it’s back to Grand Canyon Lodge for more sights and maybe a couple of surprises, for now its dinnertime.
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Thanks to all for following us on our adventures.
Working on part4.

* This post was last edited 04/28/10 12:26am by c.traveler2 *   View edit history


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Posted: 12/13/09 04:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were there on opening day this year... you must have come close to closing them for winter.

We boondocked in the woods near jacobs Lake.

thanks for posting... our memories are refreshed... all new colors.

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Posted: 12/13/09 05:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great fall colors. Looks like a very nice & quiet campsite off 462 in the video. Thanks for posting Alex & Julie!! [emoticon]


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Posted: 12/13/09 06:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made it to the Sourth Rim in 2005 and kept dreaming of making it to the North Rim one day. Your pics help remind me not to give up on my dream of making it out there. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 12/14/09 07:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Again, another great Opus from C.Traveler! Keep 'em coming [emoticon]

Cheers,
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Thanks for the views. Need to get back again. Our daughter spent two years working on the north rim on the fire crew. Great reason to go visit. May make it back in March to the south rim whe she and a bunch (about 20) of Durango fire folks do a rim to rim run (down South Kiabab trail to the river and up Bright Angel). Takes between 5 and 8 hrs for the 18 miles and 1 mile vertical climb back out. We root from the rim. Oh to have that type of energy again.
Anyone with a SUV or such, the road (dirt) to Point Sublime is worth the effort.

Look forward to the "Rest of the Story"


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