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  • Apr14

    The Grand Canyon

    April 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Am Campingplatz im Grand Canyon Village angekommen, gehen wir gleich los um uns von der Schönheit und den unglaublichen Ausmaßen des Canyons zu überzeugen.

    Was soll man dazu noch sagen…
    Als ob man in einem Bild steht.
    Die Entfernungen und diese Tiefe sind kaum zu deuten.

    Der Sonnenuntergang spektakulär.
    Der Sonnenaufgang ebenso!
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  • Day40

    Grand Canyon National Park (South), USA

    July 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nous sommes allés voir le sud du Grand Canyon. C'était très joli. Mais avant le repas il y avait tellement de brouillard que l'on ne voyait rien. Heureusement après ça s'est levé. On a pu fait une petite balade de 2km. Après nous avons pris un shuttle (un bus). Il nous a emmenés à 7 miles (11 kms) de là. Puis nous avons marché sur un petit chemin au bord du vide. 

    Le grand canyon a été creusé par la rivière il y a 60 millions d'années. Les paléontologues ont trouvé beaucoup de fossiles de dinosaures.

    Amélie

    Hier nous somme allés au Grand Canyon, partie sud. Au début on ne voyait rien car il y avait beaucoup de brouillard et il pleuvait: on a dû se réfugier dans la voiture. Quand on y est retourné c'était magnifique.

    PS : la rivière du colorado a creusé le grand canyon.

    PS : éviter de manger des sandwichs faits par le magasin du Grand Canyon. 😨😨😨

    Olivier
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  • Day32

    Grand Canyon South Rim & Heliflug

    October 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Heute ging bereits um 5 Uhr morgens der Wecker los, wer mich kennt, weiss dass es dafür einen guten Grund geben muss. Nach einer kurzen Wanderung erreichten wir einen einsamen Aussichtspunkt, von wo aus wir einen wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang erleben durften. Nach ein paar tollen Fotos, einem Frühstücks-Burrito und einem atemberaubenden Helirundflug über den Grand Canyon gings für uns weiter Richtung Joshuatree.

    Auf den 560 km durch die Pampa gabs ausser unzähligen toten Tieren nichts interessantes zu sehen - ich hab geschlafen und Fabi fuhr wie ein Weltmeister.
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  • Day14

    Grand Canyon, AZ

    April 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Wow, 700 Meter runter und hoch, staunend mit offenem Mund😊

  • Day37

    Trek America - Grand Canyon

    May 26, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Today we had the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon by taking one of the trails down into the canyon itself. There are many signs warning of the risks involved due to the changes in altitude and increased temperature as you descend (it can be as much as 30C hotter at the base of the canyon than it is at the rim). This has led to people dying as they are unable to ascend back out of the canyon and help cannot get to them quick enough. Signs warn against attempting to travel down to the Colorado river at the base of the canyon and attempting to return to the rim in the same day, however we've heard people still attempt to do this. Emily advised that the Grand Canyon National Park is the country's most dangerous with deaths numbering in the hundreds each year due to these risks as well as people getting too close to the edge...

    We chose to descend at the South Kaibab Trail, originally honed out of the rock with pick and explosives by workers in the 1920s. The trail is just wide enough for two people to travel side by side or allow mules through to carry goods between the base and the rim. The trail is a 6 mile round-trip iand descends a total of over 2000 feet (the rim to base is nearly 4800 feet) There are three stages to the trail, Ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge and Skeleton Point.

    When we began our descent from the rim, along steep switchback trails, we had our jackets as despite the sun and bright blue sky, the breeze and canyon's shadows kept the temperature cool. Acknowledging the risks we took plenty of water and went slowly, prepared to turn back at any point if needed. The enormity of the canyon's drop at the side of the trail was knee-buckling (for Alex at least) to view but this was a mental battle and we pushed on with the physical task ahead. We reached Ooh Aah Point and decided to continue on to Cedar Point. It was here that the geology changed from yellowy limestone to a rich copper of sandstone, reminiscent of that we had experience in Arches National Park and Monument Valley. The trail narrowed here and returned to switching back and forth as we descended further still into the canyon. As well as moving down, we were also moving further out into the canyon as we approached Cedar Ridge. Drawing us away from the cliff face of the rim, we became exposed to the sun, which began to beat against us and quickly our jackets were removed.

    We rested at Cedar Ridge, which offered us a near 300 degree view of the canyon. Looking back up we could see just how far we had come but knew that the hardest part, the ascent back out, was yet to come. We sat resting and replenished with water and food (even when descending, at such altitude and with such heat, it was still crucial to do this). We walked out to the very edge of the ridge to take in the views before contemplating whether to continue on to the end of the trail, Skeleton Point. Our fellow Trekkers had all turned back at Cedar Ridge and it was appealing to try and achieve the full trail. However the sun and our depleting supplies of water were foreboding a very difficult and possibly dangerous climb so we decided, sensibly, to return to the rim. Quickly we realised how sensible our decision had been as the heat, altitude and steep climb took their toll on our bodies. Nevertheless we kept a steady pace and after a brief rest at Ooh Aah Point we returned to the rim in just under an hour. The round-trip to Cedar Ride was 3 miles and we descended just over 1000 feet.

    Overlooking the canyon and using our camera lens we could make out specks of people moving to and from Cedar Ridge whilst more people near us were contemplating the descent themselves.

    We walked along the rim and attended a talk by one of the ranger guides on how the canyon was formed. In short - the canyon was originally formed when the Colorado plateau was pushed up through the earth's surface when the plates that cover the earth's surface collided billions of years ago. This also created the Rockies mountain range from where the Colorado river flowed and began to break its waters against the edge of the plateau. Over millions of years the river steadily flowed through the plateau creating many tributaries along the way. Again, over millions of years, the force of the flowing water caused the limestone and sandstone (two stones very susceptible to water erosion) to break off and up, making the river bed deeper and wider, eventually creating the canyon you see today. The Colorado river still flows furiously at the base of the canyon and at certain points on the rim it can be seen with the distance disguising it as a slow trickle.

    We returned to camp happy with the success of our hike as well as the knowledge that tonight was our last night under canvas and tomorrow we were heading to Las Vegas.
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  • Day25

    Grand Canyon (in the mist)

    September 29, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Despite the masses of (mostly asian) tourists we also had a weather problem over here. We tried several spots but all seemed cloudy and the road was foggy as hell.
    By the way: it's quite a trip from vegas to this spot ~ 300km a 4.5h drive.

  • Day20

    Grand Canyon

    November 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Big day today - one of the most famous places on earth! We headed out quite early, knowing that we still had to cover an hour of driving from Williams before arriving. As expected, we were a bit limited in what we could do, because a lot of places are only reachable via the shuttle bus, and you can't take pets on the shuttle bus!

    So we did what most people do: wander around the south rim trail near the Village and Visitor's Centre, since Schnitzel was allowed there. Boggled at a few people climbing fences to take better selfies - after a couple had literally died doing exactly that only a couple of weeks earlier.

    Spent much of the rest of the day driving eastwards along the south rim, stopping at the various outlooks and watching the face of the canyon change as the sun moved. It was much as I remembered it - like looking at a huge painting. Large, colossal, empty, silent (except for yammering tourists). Since it was November it wasn't super busy, and there were plenty of places where it was just us, or maybe 1-2 other couples. I'd estimate in general actually that most places here on the west coast are at about 30-40% capacity, which is pretty nice. We also spotted a bit of wildlife on our drive - a large male deer grazing just off the road, and later a coyote hanging around a carpark evidently expecting scraps from someone's picnic! Thankfully Schnitzel was safely in the car.

    Late afternoon we hurried back to the visitor centre area, hoping to find a nice relaxing place to watch sunset. We didn't quite find a quiet isolated spot, but managed to see the sunset from a few areas nonetheless. Then it was just the long dark drive back to Williams where we had dinner at the local brewery - of course.
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  • Day10

    More dodgy roads.

    August 5, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Just the small matter of 170 miles to get to the South Rim of the Canyon. First stop was Kayenta - nearest town to Monument Valley - fill up & get essentials. Missed turn for shops - slight detour, major speed bumps - car not happy. Pushed on retracing steps for a little while more. Signs warning of rough road surface caused concern - could the car cope with anything more. As it happens it was nothing more than uneven & bumpy. By now the roads were straight & the surroundings dull & monotonous. Last resort to relieve boredom - American radio - miraculously something was found - a live concert. That helped. A scenic viewpoint came & went confusing signage dictated a huffy retreat - so unlike me. Tried the next one & unsurprisingly the roads down were abysmal. Just parked up & the rain began. Stubbornly insisted on seeing this gorge & it was quite impressive. In pretty much any other country it would celebrated as a wonder. It is however next door to the Grand Canyon. Eventually made it to the park gate & on entering cars were being ushered to the first sight of the Canyon. Needless to say most did. Very busy. Seems drier on this side. Nice clear view of the river. Quick look & headed to the lodge. It became clear that it wasn't just the canyon that was big on this side. Our lodge was split into 2 wings, each with 6 buildings. Massive. A world away from the North Rim. Unpacked & headed down to the rim & there was a really nice walk along the edge of the canyon for a mile or so. Had geological pointers, some great viewpoints & best of all was pretty quiet. A New York family were about the same pace as us - the dad offered to take our photo - appreciated. Handed the phone to his son to sort out - great delegation. Made it to the Village centre but it seems really to be just a collection of hotels with access to some stunning views. Back for tea - order was taken by a machine - no tipping issues.Read more

  • Day11

    On the rim

    August 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Laid back start to the day - morning run aside. Brekkie was somewhat disrupted by the fact that the fridge had been set to vicious cold and all the fruit had been frozen. Headed to the general store with the expectation of something similar to the North Rim version. It was more akin to Asda with souvenirs. That said we picked up what we needed for breakfast and lunch - picnic with a view today. Today's joy was somethiing that the North couldn't really offer - an extended walk along the rim with ever changing views. What it would probably also offer was ever changing crowds. The first stretch to the village we knew & it was at the village we first encountered an element of busy but to be fair once beyond the trailhead down into the canyon it subsided and all was quiet as we like it. Ambled on watching the hikers descending and the condors gliding. You could practically see the trail virtually to the Colorado. A great challenge - one for the future maybe. Along the way encountered numerous chipmunks and squirrels as well as a lazy rabbit and a very showy bluejay. Opted for lunch at Maticopa Point. It was here we fully realised what a great invention ice machines are - 2 water bottles stuffed with ice provided cold water 3 hours into our hike - heaven. Decided now to head back on the bus - break from the sun or escape from the impending downpour - black clouds were looming. Found bus stop but there didn't appear to be a stop back to town. Turns out that was because there wasn't - had to go to the next stop. Bus arrived busy & we only just made it on. Phew. Driver was very chatty - giving instructions and details of stops in her distinctive southern drawl. Decided since we had a seat to push onto the visitor centre. Took in an Imax movie about the canyon - impressive. Came out expecting rain. It wasn't. Walked back but clearly this was where the crowds were. A bit of a chore and we'd probably had a bit too much sun. So back to the lodge for a cool down.Read more

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