We just got back from several days in the Grand Canyon. Not the popular and tourist heavy South Rim… but the more out of the way North Rim. More over.. not actually in the National Park itself, technically outside of the park. We camped in the forest outside the Grand Canyon – North Rim, finding amazing spots that overlooked the back side of the Grand Canyon.
We didn’t have to fight the crowds, or make reservations at jammed lodges for a year in advance. We camped on our own, brought and ate our own wonderful meals. We went for hikes along amazing trails and took in views that took our breath away.
As I sat one morning, all by myself, waiting for the sun to come up over the canyons, I took pause to feel thankful for this amazing state we live in. How fortunate I feel to live in a place where we can see this amazing landscape, in the solitude of my own company, feeling quite safe and extremely comfortable.
As the light shifted and changed over the canyon walls I thought how challenging Arizona photographers have it to photograph these vast ravines and sprawling cliffs. The shadows and light changing like a curtain being raised slowly over a work of art, waiting to see what moods today will bring about… clouds, blue sky, storms, dust, or haze.
We camped in several stunning spots, including Jump Up Point, Crazy Jug, and Rainbow’s End Trails. Each had their own beauty, foreground, and atmosphere. It was a great peaceful, relaxing trip…. one we’ll have to do again.