June 5th ~ Grand Canyon to Page, AZ
We got on the road at a decent time today. Starting to get the hang of things with the RV and becoming more comfortable with what needs to be done, from the setting up upon arrival to disconnecting before departing.
This morning was primarily skimming along the south and east rim of the Grand Canyon. Our views were a bit hazy due to some smoke drifting into the canyon. The local Forest Service team were doing some controlled burns along our route. Good for the forest – bad for visibility.
We still managed several wonderful stops to take in the grandeur of the canyon, and marvel at her magnificence. Both of us have been here a couple of time in the past, so although we soaked up several vistas, we did not linger.
Grandview Point is next to impossible to do justice to in a photo, especially when it is not crystal clear.
“…one of Mary Colter’s best-known works, was built in 1932. Situated at the far eastern end of the South Rim, 27 miles (43 km) from Grand Canyon Village, the tower stands 70 feet (21 m) tall. The top of the tower is 7,522 feet (2,293 m) above sea level, the highest point on the South Rim. It offers one of the few full views of the bottom of the canyon and the Colorado River. It was designed to mimic Anasazi watchtowers, though, with four levels, it is significantly taller than historical towers.” – Wikipedia
A beautiful work of art inside! We were free to explore to our hearts content, up four flights of narrow stairways. Each level offered up numerous windows where you could soak in the canyon views below.
Along AZ Route 64, we came upon another scenic viewpoint that was on Navajo land. They do not charge an entrance fee, but do invite visitors to give a donation upon entering. The views from here were well worth the stop and our small donation.
They also had a long line of Native American crafts for sale including pottery, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.
Mitchell Blackhorse is well known for his beautiful, indicate pottery and for decorating the inside of the pot as well as the outside.
I managed to snag a new pair of earrings as my souvenir. They are sterling silver on the back, and beaded on the front.
Continuing on toward Page, we took the long way through Tuba City, AZ.
Along US Hwy 160, just before reaching Tuba City, there is a sign for Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks. Blink and you will miss it.
Upon arrival into the large dirt parking area (plenty of room to turn around an RV), we were greeted by a young man who let us know he would show us the dinosaur tracks and guide us through the area.
I’m so glad he did, as we would have been completely lost without a guide. Nothing is marked or labeled. He repeatedly squirted water from a bottle on different tracks along the way, identifying each one for us. We saw in the neighborhood of twenty different sets of tracks along the route.
We probably walked about 1/4 of a mile over easy terrain. It was quite hot, but otherwise pleasant.
He did not charge a set fee, but was very pleased with the tip Tim handed him for making our stop here both interesting and informative.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that our routine is becoming easier and we are getting more comfortable with our set up. I especially enjoyed seeing the many varied rock formations along todays journey. Mother Nature seems to know no boundaries when it comes to putting on a show for us.
We want to give a big welcome to anyone who is new to our blog. Thank you so much for choosing to join us as we continue to explore our magnificent National Parks over the next few months.