Lazy Days at the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Lazy Days at the Grand Canyon – After hiking to the Colorado River on South Kaibab Trail and back up the Bright Angel Trail the day before, I’m fairly confident literally every single muscle in my body hurt as I stood at Mather Point waiting for the sun to rise.
I was kind of in bewilderment as well – A month earlier, I had gone to Moab for really my first dedicated sunrise/sunset shoots and Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park were packed with photographers scrambling for the typical angles to shoot. Here I was on the much busier South Rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for the sun to rise with only five other people, none of which had anything above an entry-level point and shoot. Just weird how that happens.
I thought about what else I could write about this trip, but I really do’t have much else. After the hike, we didn’t even want to think about any physical activity, let alone hiking back down even 10 feet into that canyon. We spent our last day on the Hermit’s Rest Shuttle route going vista to vista along the shuttle’s nine stops. There’s just something about being packed into a shuttle that takes away from the magic of a place for me. Plus, I felt like I could have spent the entire day sleeping.
We went out for a sunset at Yaki Point, which was some of the most vivid colors I’ve ever seen in a sunset, but the wind was blowing at us so hard, I couldn’t even extend the tripod let alone keep the camera still enough for sharp pictures.
And I spent a another sunrise at Mather Point, but this time with bus load of tourists from Japan who each had more energy than ten-year-old downing pixie sticks. I was kicking myself for forgetting my headphones, but I really can’t complain about a sunrise over the Grand Canyon…