Isaac and Brighty
We got up early this morning and drove about three hours to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive was beautiful and a big surprise was the green pine trees that got thicker and taller as we neared our destination. I guess we thought it would be kind of barren and deserty.
We started out with a Ranger talk for--you guessed it--Jonah and Isaac's Junior Ranger program. It was a short presentation about Brighty, a little burro who was a popular and much loved part of the early days of the Grand Canyon. There is even a kid's book by Marguerite Henry titled, Brighty of the Grand Canyon that tells all about him. I went right to the book store and picked up my own copy.
The first hike we took was the Bright Angel's Point trail, a one mile walk out to a beautiful overlook. There were some pretty steep hills and the 8000 feet elevation was not kind to my lungs. Thank goodness I'm in such fine shape or I would have really struggled!
No picture can do justice to the scenery, but this one came close. How many family pictures do we have from this trip? This might be the first one. Thanks to the stranger who offered to take our family picture.
Bright Angel's Point
The thing I loved about the North Rim was that it wasn't crowded. There were plenty of people there, but nowhere near the numbers we found at Yosemite or Zion. The stunning lodge was surrounded by small log cabin rentals complete with rocking chairs on the front porches. Some even had a front row view of the canyon. I bet sunrise is spectacular.
Looking out from Point Royal
Our second hike was Point Royal which required a 45 minute drive down a winding road to access the .6 mile, flat trail. In other words, hike easy, drive hard. And the drive was hard only because the boys were complaining slash threatening to throw up slash whining.
But the view from Point Royal was completely different than the one from Bright Angel's Point. We could actually glimpse a small section of the Colorado river.
On the way back to the car, Robert, Ethan and Jonah took a short detour to Angel's Window overlook. (See picture above) Isaac was ready to be done with the Grand Canyon Adventure, so I left Robert with the boys and worried the whole time we were apart that they'd all fallen over the edge. When I saw pictures like this, I'm glad I wasn't with them. I probably would have had a heart attack watching Jonah lean up against the railing.