DAY 2. (NOTE: WHEN ANY of the PICS look “distorted”…..click directly on them, I’ve tried to save them ORIGINAL SIZE to get the feeling of grandeur we saw looking over the EDGE…….)…....
We woke up rested wonderfully at Richard & Michael’s Starlight Pines B&B….our hosts invited Homer & Evan over for the brunch, so we all ate a great intro bowl of fresh fruit salad topped with a wonderful custard followed by a baked egg dish I wish I knew how to make. The Starlight’s Living Room is warm and inviting:
That gave us a great early start for the hour drive to see Homer & Evans favorite viewpoint stops for the Grand Canyon, the last one being the big Visitor’s Center. The only point I’ve seen the canyon from 40 years ago was the north side at Lake Havasu. NONE of that memory came close to ANYTHING these fabulous host showed us today. THEY KNOW this country.
****AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT………..what a friend! HOMER packed a home-made gourmet picnic lunch he presented at a rest area as we neared the visitor center….THIS was good, stuff, gourmet sandwiches on craft bread, THANKS HOMER:
I will NEVER forget the one stop where a TRAIL leaves from the cliff tops and in 7 miles, reaches the canyon floor. Again, click on this pic, and you will see, faintly, in the distance a trail right on the SIDE of that steep canyon wall….it made me dizzy just looking at it:
IT Was at THIS point on this day trip, an experience of a lifetime occurred….at that visitors point…the edge of the cliffs, 12 rare California Condors were flying all around that very point…they were there the whole time we were:
One of the great things at the moment of our visit were the wind uplifts…occasionally the birds would be brought up almost in front of the fencing keeping us from falling into the canyon…it was spectacular, I tell you:
AND we finally return to Flagstaff….a grand meal at the Himalayan Grill. . . tiny family run, excellent food. We rested well that night awaiting our hike tomorrow where? A WETLAND being restored there in the desert? Yes….another grand day out coming.