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23 August 2008 @ 11:30 pm
The Grand Canyon - North Rim  
Apparently, only 10% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon go to the North Rim and that was a huge incentive for me to go to there given that I like places which aren't crowded. The North Rim is much higher than the South Rim and there's no accessibility in winter when snow forces the roads (and the facilities) to be closed. And as I found out there North Rim is more forested, has rich(er) wildlife and quite different from the south rim, which is more of a desert. I did go to the south rim as well and I'm glad I did. The south rim will come up next, for now here are some images from the North Rim of the greatest canyon in the world.




View from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon




View of the canyon on the way to the Bright Angel point







Bright Angel Point








Mule deer crossing. I wish I had recorded the walk of the fawn - the way it walked with its head held high, looking left then right, was one of the best wildlife moments I had on the trip.








Red Squirrel! Apparently a bunch of these Red Squirrels in Arizona are endangered?








A helicopter in the canyon. We wanted to go on a helicopter ride, but all of them had been sold out for the week







Roadside








Flowers of many colors...








This is how the roads in the North Rim look.









 
 
 
kejnkejn on August 24th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
looks like you're the only ones there!
when i was looking at the grand canyon on mapquest this spring i was wondering if it was even possible to go to the north rim because there only seemed to be one road and didn't seem to lead anywhere. what kind of facilities are there? was it harder to get good views there?
Yathinyathin on August 24th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
> looks like you're the only ones there!

I had hoped so, but there were a lot of people and I only realized that there weren't actually so many people in the North Rim when I went to the south rim - which was like being in big city!


the north rim has one (expensive) lodge which is open in the summer and a whole lot of campgrounds. there aren't too many viewpoints as such and the crowd there seemed to be mostly of enthusiasts who go out of their way to see and explore stuff. i'd loved to go back to the north rim and do a few hikes because the roads were infested with birds and other wildlife life unlike any other national park I've been to in the US.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 24th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
The red wildflowers are known as Indian Paintbrush.
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on August 24th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Awesome dude, looks like you are traveling crazy! Have fun...
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on August 24th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
I actually worked at the South Rim for a couple of weeks in 1994 but they would not give us the same days off so we left and went back to Yellowstone.

It is a beautiful area, and I am glad to see it through your eyes. It was snowing when we were there.

mamtanaidumamtanaidu on August 24th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Superb!!!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on August 24th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
The colorful flowers are lovely !
Ruth: Brunette with starlaruth on August 24th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for the beautiful photos. I love the different perspectives that you give to the area.

Unfortunately we won't be able to see this in real life in November due to the snow but at least I got to view it through your lovely photos!
Arvind Jayaprakashanomalizer on August 27th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Some day, maybe I'll get to visit the north rim. Heck, I never thought there would come a time in life when I'd get anywhere close to the canyon; let alone a chopper ride. So I'll stay hopeful :-)