July 30th. As you remember from yesterday,
we promised to leave Zion today and travel to the North Rim of the Grand
Canyon. That's exactly what we did! As we left Zion we took
one last hike on the Canyon Overlook trail at Zion. It gave us our
first view of Zion Valley from above. Quite spectacular! Then
on to the North Rim passing through hotspots such as Fredonia, Kanab,
Mt. Carmel Junction, and Jacobs Lake. We checked in to the Grand
Canyon Lodge (having to schlep our bags to the cabin since we couldn't
park anywhere near) and went on a 2.5 mile hike on the Transept trail.
After that, a little relaxation in the cabin, dinner in the lodge, a lecture
on the Indian history of the area, and a guided walking tour to Bright
Angel Point to see the moon come up (just pass full) and the stars.
That was a little scary as we only used flashlights. I swear we were
inches from death!!! We'll have to do the same walk in the morning
to see how bad it was/is. Here's some pix for your enjoyment.
The next few are from the Canyon Overlook trail at Zion.