the wandering chick
...the Grand Canyon's South Rim
a return trip

Some things you never get tired of...you never mind seeing again and again. And it's not enough to see it just once. Such is the case with the Grand Canyon. Below are photos of a second trip I took, some four years later.

Really? Why did it take me so long to go back?

grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
The setting sun begins casting color into the canyon. It wasn't as spectacular a sunset as we had hoped for, but oh well...it's just a chance you take.
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
Grand Canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
This shot and a few below are of the Bright Angel Trail, one of the South Rim's more popular and dramatic hikes. It's a long haul (8 miles) down to the Colorado River and not to be done round trip in a single day. The change in elevation is 4,380 feet.
grand canyon south rim
Mountain Bluebird
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
The first several pictures were taken at the east end of the Grand Canyon, mostly around the area of the Desert View Watchtower. As the morning progressed, I and three crazy girlfriends drove the rim westward, stopping for views along the way before reaching Grand Canyon Village.
Better glimpses of the Colorado River are found at the east end of the canyon near the Desert View Watchtower.
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
grand canyon south rim
By the time we made it to Grand Canyon Village, checked in to the lodge and then got back out to the rim, it was later afternoon, and we were excited to see views of the canyon at sunset.
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We didn't mind being delayed by a herd of elk that wandered out of the trees near the market place. Of course, we hurriedly pulled over and jumped out of the car to get some pictures.
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Right at 12 hours later we were out there again waiting for the sun to rise. Others had already gathered on this cold spring morning.
grand canyon south rim
A mountain bluebird flits about, tree to tree, limb to bench, ever so close, ever so cautious.
Grand Canyon south rim
Grand Canyon south rim

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Grand Canyon south rim

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