Grand Canyon National Park

On our way out west we are passing by some areas that we visited a couple of years ago. Grand Canyon is one of those that is worth repeating. We were excited to be there when they got a little bit of snow. We don’t see snow very often so this was a treat for us.

Arizona does not observe daylight savings time so at this time of the year they are on the same time as Pacific. That means that the sun comes up pretty early in the morning and we were up bright and early to witness our first snowy day of 2017. This was at the Trailer Village RV Park right inside the national park. We love staying right in the park because they have bus transportation to take you where you want to go. And they have restaurants and lodges that are fun to visit.

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I know it’s not much but it was better than nothing. This was Fat Cat’s first experience with snow ever. She didn’t know what to think of the stuff!

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Later in the afternoon the snow had already melted off the picnic table but it started snowing again so we brought Fat Cat back out to see how she liked it falling on her head. I think her expression in this picture is so funny!

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In the morning we headed out to check out the canyon before the snow melted.

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We saw lots of deer out at that time of the morning looking around for some breakfast.

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The snow on the trees was so pretty!

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The boys enjoyed a snowball fight.

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We enjoyed this so much! I know for those of you that live in cold climates where you see snow all winter, this would not be very exciting. I’m sure a warm and sunny beach scene with palm trees would be more appealing. As one of my friends told me, it’s all in your perspective. For us Floridians, snow is a novelty to us and we enjoy it so much when we see it.

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After our one day of snow the weather cleared up and we saw a spectacular Grand Canyon sunset the next evening.

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We did 2 hikes while we were there. The first one was the Bright Angel trail hike.

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We started down into the canyon and about a mile down we heard loud thunder and it started to storm and sleet. We know from our visit here 2 years ago that being inside the canyon during a lightning storm can be very dangerous so we abandoned the rest of that hike and went back up.

This was the start of the hike and the skies were a little cloudy but not too bad.

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But then the storm clouds rolled in and it looked pretty ominous.

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The next day was much better for hiking and we did our favorite hike down the South Kaibab trail. We did this hike 2 years ago, but only went as far as the Ooh Aah Point. This year we continued on down to the Cedar Ridge Point which was amazing!

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Starting down the South Kaibab trail

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Spectacular views every step of the way

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Ooh Aah Point

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Cedar Ridge Point

This was on the way back up. See those ants crawling up the cliff? Those are people, and would soon be us. I was so tired at this point I didn’t think I would make it up there, but I’m here to talk about it which means I made it. πŸ˜‰

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Grand Canyon is such a magical place and definitely one of those places worth going back to again and again.

Next we moved on to Lake Powell in Page, AZ. Stay tuned…

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7 thoughts on “Grand Canyon National Park

  1. What a spectacular sunset! Fat Cat’s expressions made me laugh–too funny. I so relate to your feelings about snow; we’ve been known to stop and play with dirty roadside snow because it’s such a novelty for us, too. πŸ˜€ So awesome that you hiked to Cedar Ridge Point and that amazing view. You guys are troopers; that climb is no joke! I’ve only ever been to GC in summer, so I love seeing all the warm clothes and snow. Your beautiful photos make me even more excited to visit in June!

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    • Thank you! Wait until you see my pictures from Bryce, we had so much more snow there. It was super fun! When you go in June are you hiking to the bottom? My kids want to do that, but I don’t know if I’m up for that challenge. πŸ˜‰

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      • I can’t wait to see your photos of Bryce! It must’ve been so pretty dusted in snow. We’ll be hiking from the North Rim to the South Rim in June. It’ll be our first time in the North, so I’m excited for that! I’m not sure I’m up for the challenge, either…I’ll let you know if I survive, lol. πŸ˜€

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      • I’ll look forward to reading all about your hike from the North to South Rim. Based on your experience maybe we’ll do it next time, or not! πŸ˜‰

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  2. I loved this post! GC in the snow looks so beautiful. I felt like I was experiencing GC again. Glad you guys made it down to Cedar Ridge, and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one feeling so tired coming back up. That was some hike! Those sunsets were really beautiful, oh I miss them. Great pics as always!

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