I last visited the Grand Canyon some 46 years ago. Not much has changed, but to be honest I don’t remember everything that happened in my life 46 years ago, so the Grand Canyon was new again. This trip I took many more photos than last time, but this trip I didn’t ride a mule to the canyon floor. The one thing I still remember from the ride was the rather sore rear end I got from a 5-6 hour ride on a mule.
There is a reason it’s called the Grand Canyon, it’s even more amazing at sunset.
The views of the Grand Canyon get more amazing as the late evening light shines across the canyon walls.
Thirty miles west of Flagstaff is where you board the Grand Canyon train in Williams, Arizona. Many of the cars were named, this one is named after local sheriff Buckey O’Neill. Our ride out of the Canyon who supposed to be by steam engine, but the lack of rain ( no rain in last 60 days ) prevented its use, so we got the regular diesel engines.
View from the Dome car.
We got musical entertainment on the ride to the Grand Canyon.
The late evening sunlight shines right across the amazing erosion of the canyon.
“Live fast, die young, and have a good-looking corpse” by going to places not allowed in the Grand Canyon.
It’s hard to get a view of the Colorado river from the top of the canyon.
Before sunrise with all the tourists out and about, these Elk are getting their morning meal.
I got just one sunrise at the Grand Canyon, luckily I got some great clouds.
The warm light of sunrise shines on this lone tree on the South Canyon wall.
It’s actual name isn’t “the hole in the wall”, and there are two of them, but it sounds better than the real name “first tunnel”. This tunnel is on the Bright Angel Trail about two tenths of a mile from the top, and can be seen from the rim of the canyon.
Hikers heading down the Bright Angel trail just as the Sun rises. If you are going to do a long walk into the Grand Canyon, don’t forget to bring two walking sticks.