Saturday, April 14, 2012

Grand Circle Complete

Trip's over....back home. Had a great family adventure that ended with the Grand Canyon. What a way to end the trip. We arrived at the Grand Canyon to snow and rain but the next day gave us blue sky and very clear conditions.

(photo hint - click on a photo to see the high resolution image and you can click forward to see high res image slide show. All photos taken with the handheld Sanyo Xacti waterproof 12 megapixel camera/camcorder)

The Grand Canyon is indeed Grand. This is the south rim. The north rim was still closed for winter.

One of the trails leading into the canyon (South Kaibab Trail). We hiked down into the canyon a little bit. Then we hiked some sections of the rim trail.

At the Grand Canyon, what goes down must come up.

Walking on the your kids! A section of the rim trail...

The Grand Circle - We flew into Las Vegas, took in a show, drove to Zion National Park for a couple of days, Bryce Canyon National Park for one day, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area/Lake Powell/Page, AZ area for a couple days, Grand Canyon for a couple of days, then flew back out of Las Vegas. We hiked a ton, river rafted, went horseback riding, explored a slot canyon, saw wildlife, and generally saw many unique natural wonders you won't see anywhere else. Some folks even go on to other Grand Circle spots such as Arches National Park, CanyonLands, and Monument Valley.

If anyone wants our detailed itinerary, I'll be glad to send it to you. I highly recommend this trip for a fun family adventure. Spring is a great time to go...wasn't too crowded and we had good weather for the most part. You could easily make it a more extreme adventure by going out into the backcountry.

Here's a few more choice pics from the week...

Zion National Park

Mountain Goat. We saw a few of these and also saw mule deer everywhere.


I did a solo hike late in the afternoon at Zion just before sunset since the family was worn out. This is the Hidden Canyon trail. I called it the Pucker Factor Trail since you can clearly see that you didn't want to get too close to the edge of this trail....not for the faint of heart or someone afraid of heights (which I am). There were plenty of family friendly hiking trails at all the places we visited...and plenty of tougher hiking trails for the more adventurous.

Looking back at the climb...a great workout.

The best playground ever. The kids found fun areas to play at every turn.

Hiking amongst the Bryce Canyon hoodoos

Well said...

We found snow at Bryce Canyon....elevation 9,000 ft. They were calling for a few more inches a couple days after we left there. And then it snowed as we entered the Grand Canyon. Throughout the week, we experienced temps ranging from wind chill as low as 15 degrees overnight to high of 85 degrees in Page, AZ. Most every day was sunny and clear or partly cloudy.

Exploring one of the slot canyons was an awesome experience. Another shot from Upper Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, AZ.

Horseshoe Bend just outside of Page, AZ. This is the Colorado River between the Glen Canyon dam and Lees Ferry and part of the same section we rafted the day before. My daughter jumped in the 47 degree water during a rafting break at a sandy beach.

We intended to stand up paddle on Lake Powell but the 25mph+ wind kept us from doing so. I was disappointed since I was hoping to get some great photos of my girls paddling in glassy conditions in front of Lone Rock. Here's the pretend SUP shot I got instead.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Man, you guys have the best trips! Hood River might be anti-climactic.