June 7th ~ Kaibab, AZ
Today was primarily a travel day as we relocated from Page to Kaibab which is near the entrance to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
From Page our route took us through some more monumental rock formations, large open plains with little more than scrub brush, and then alongside the majestic Vermilion Cliffs.
The California Condor is the largest flying bird in North America and is sadly on the endangered species list. These giant birds have a wing span up to 9 1/2 feet and can weigh up to 25 pounds. There is an ongoing program to try to save these massive birds and the Vermilion Cliffs is one of the few places they can still be spotted.
More information can be found about the preservation efforts here.
One short stop at Navajo Bridge where we got to see a Condor Nest high on the side of a cliff over the river. The new chick was just born on May 30th. We hoped to catch a glimpse, but it was tucked out of sight amongst the rocks. We had to settle for knowing one more precious hatchling has entered the world in hopes of keeping the Condor from extinction.
After leaving Ellie Mae at the Kaibab Camper Village, we motored over to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
We spent about three hours at the North Rim which included a short hike on Bright Angel Point Trail which takes you out to a wide open viewing platform for unobstructed views of the canyon below.
We are at 8800 feet in elevation here, so we did more of a stroll pace instead of hike.
I like the views from the south side of the canyon better, but never having been to the north side, I was curious to check it out.
After our hike we relaxed on the verandah at the lodge and had a bite of dinner as the sun dipped toward the horizon.
Tomorrow we move on to Zion National Park.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the hard work and efforts of the Peregrine Fund and others who are making great strides in preserving the California Condor.