Jul 26

North Rim scenery

Category: Arizona

Here are some more of my scenery shots from our recent visit to the north rim.  David took the ones of me (of course!).  You can click on any image to enlarge it.

This is the gorge of the Colorado river just upstream of the grand canyon. This area is also known as Marble Canyon.  You must go across this to get to the north rim from the Flagstaff area; in fact, unless you’re coming from Las Vegas or Utah, you’re going to see this. Note all of the colored oxides in the surrounding cliffs. To see the bridge you’ll go across, look in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

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We reached the North rim lodge at sunset (although we stayed at the Kaibab lodge).  There are few places to stay up there, and they fill up months and even years in advance.  We were incredibly lucky to et two cabins for two days just by showing up at the place and asking.  We had intended to camp, but i came down with some nasty food poisoning and was too sick to camp.  Luckily, it didn’t last too long.

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At almost 9000 feet, the sky is much clearer than at lower altitudes.  You can see the milky way in all its incredible glory.

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When the sun hits it, the canyon glows.  A bend of the colorado is visible in the center (click on the image to enlarge).

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The weather is incredible. It can be sunny where you stand, and yet you can watch 20 thunderstorms rolling across the landscape.  I love how the rain pours out if this cloud like a mushroom stem.

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Note the arch to the right.

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