south rim grand canyon

yep, still need to work on crafty titles!

even though we’ve been to the north rim before, we were only 2 hours away from the south rim. that’s too close not to take a day trip. definitely more touristy than the north rim, but today was cold, cloudy, and snowy. Not many other people were out, it was perfect!

the grand canyon does not disappoint. photos really doesn’t do it justice. i love seeing down in the canyon, but i really want to get down into the canyon. and down the the river. talking about feeling tiny. it’s on our list to do!

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it’s hard not to take a lot of photos. especially when every overlook has a spectacular view07

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our cold peanut butter sandwich that we had brought for lunch just didn’t seem like it was going to hit the spot. decided to eat lunch at the bright angel lodge. the national park lodges are pretty awesome.

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dessert first! it actually helped with my headache. maybe it wasn’t the altitude that was bothering me, maybe it was sugar withdrawal. evil sugar!

lunch was fantastic. and not an expensive as you would think it would be in a national park.

mike got coffee at mcdonalds outside of the park. the people in front of him got food. for 2 people it was $20. we got desert and lunch for only $25. and it was tasty! and with a view!

hermit road is only open to passenger vehicles during the winter months. another treat for us!17

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nice walkways lead you right out to the edge21

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sometimes they look like they just drop off!24

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that’s where we had lunch26

me. a tiny speck in the universe27

the snow made it ever prettier28

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the guys were wondering what exactly we are looking at. fog?
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there’s a little of the view32

i was glad for the guard rails. this particular overlook took you right to the edge. then it was 1,000+ feet straight down33

who’s happy to be out walking in the cold and snow looking into the grand canyon???34

STRAIGHT DOWN!35

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something good about so few people visiting, we all were doing the same thing. stopping at every overlook and taking photos. so we would take photos of couples and then they would take them of us. cooler thing … it seemed that we were from different countries. so no one really spoke english. being kind and taking a photo of someone doesn’t need words, just a hand gesture and a smile45

that elusive river! one day i’m going to touch it46

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an old lodge turned into a visitor center52

with a huge fireplace and a nice warm fire53

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since the guys weren’t able to run free in the park, we stopped right outside on a forest road for a little hike.

yesterday sam didn’t care about the snow. today he realized that he loves it!

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can you see his happiness!56

red & green m&ms57

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it was cold, breezy, and snowy! love our patagonia. keeps us warm and dry. and easy to find in the snow59

signs never stop the determined60

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scout is lazy. HOWEVER, he LOVE LOVE LOVEs snow. and especially snowballs. and he loves to catch them in the air. and he can get some height for such a laid back lazy guy!64

poor sam, he has no idea what’s going on. and why scout is jumping up in the air. we tossed some snowballs his way. currently, sam is not a snowball catcher!65

sam looks like he knows what to do. but he just watches it land, then attacks it66

air scout!67

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just incase you couldn’t see me. an arm in the air always helps69

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heading home. we had a great day!

it was awesome to see the grand canyon in the snow. and to be able to drive the road that’s normally closed to cars. and not have to share the park with many other people. and to be able to hike in the snow with the boys. did i mention that we had a great day?

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4 thoughts on “south rim grand canyon

  1. What a gorgeous day! I’d love to see the canyon with snow…and low crowds. We’ll be there in April.

    I’ve hiked down to the river and back up in one day…it’s an amazing day on the trail! Of course, if you plan way ahead, you can overnight at the bottom.

    • down and up in one day! that’s a long hike. i’m hoping i can talk some friends into hiking down and staying a couple of nights then hiking back up …

      for now, just the view from the top. which isn’t too bad

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