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  •  Such a pleasure to have the time to read these (10+ / 0-)

    long diaries at a leisurely pace with a mug of whiskeyfied coffee.  The rock layer discussion is fantastic.  You are like our own John McPhee, Rich.


    I was fortunate to be treated to annual trips to the Canyon, as a child raised in PHX, whose parents had lived in & met in Vegas & as a result made frequent trips to both places.  I was extra fortunate that this usually meant the extra time spent on getting to the North Rim, which I must recommend to all y'all: it's cooler, greener, FAR less crowded.  The extra miles are packed with worth-it desert scenery, then a slow ascent up onto the forested Kaibab Plateau, which, in early May, may be snow-covered.

    The Lodge at the North Rim is the best place on the planet to eat anything; not because the food is the best (it's good, or at least it was, haven't been in awhile), but because you're eating it with the Canyon filling the huge windows.  Go Google Image it.  

    I've had many amazing & profound Canyon experiences in all seasons, most involving weather.  I think the most stunning one is when it's cool & raining somewhere on the Rims, & much warmer down below--one may be lucky enough to witness, under the right circumstances, immense fog banks/clouds flying up out of the Canyon over the rim at high speed.  I mean, you can walk out onto a scenic overlook trail & be engulfed in a massive fogbank uplift.  It is truly its own unique climate.

    •  you need to write a diary. . . (6+ / 0-)

      your own, because you're expressive, you've been there (in this case, to the Grand), and you have a way with words that are convincing. As for your comments about the Bright Angel Lodge. . .you're right: the food is great, but what the senses devour in the way of the view outside that huge room. . .that's dessert! The canyon is extreme is so many and wonderful ways, just as you point out. The 30 or so-degree difference from rim to river; the rare and totally mind-blowing cloud canopy that sometime slips into the canyon, just below the rim, and like that lovable old fart and fossil head, John Hance, once boasted about, it's like a sea of clouds that one might walk from rim to rim. When those events happen, and for canyon rats, like myself, perhaps even you, we couldn't wait to get down some trail and below the clouds just to look up and see the makeshift ceiling above our heads. Meanwhile, can you believe some tourists actually went out of the park and asked the rangers for a refund BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T SEE THE DAMN CANYON FOR THE CLOUDS! Honestly, that happens more than you think. Anyway, as always, thank you for support and your witty and informative comments, Leftcandid. Now be a good lad and go refill your mug and make sure it's Irish whiskey mixed with the beans.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 10:38:16 AM PDT

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    •  agreed about dinner at North Rim! (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Leftcandid

      I'm always flabbergasted when I read reviews from people panning it.   I can't fathom what is wrong with their brains.

      •  you know say about taste. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, JMcDonald

        JMcDonald. . .some people think they have it, but they missed the mark by a mile. And the Bright Angel Lodge does not serve mediocre cuisine. Its facilities is patronized by people from all over the world, and that means eclectic tastes based on sound preference. If those folks support the cuisine, then that's the word for me. And you, obviously. So it is a matter of taste, but I concur. . .sometimes the brain is not wired the way it should be (wired). Ahem. . .food critics and their bias.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:58:37 PM PDT

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    •  agreed (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Leftcandid, Randtntx

      The North Rim is a magical experience.  When my kids were young we did a trip--South Rim, Lake Powell, North Rim, Bryce and Zion.

      The thing they still talk about, almost two decades later, is the cabin where we stayed at the North Rim--the stillness, the deer, the sense of having discovered someplace that the busloads of South Rim tourists would never experience.

      There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

      by puzzled on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:48:18 PM PDT

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