Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The North Rim was the last stop on my 2012 National Park Road Trip. Grand Canyon National Park was my 27th National Park on my quest to visit all 59 US National Parks.
I spent two-day hiking and exploring the views along the North Rim of the world’s largest canyon. I spent my first day driving to along the Canyon Rim to visit all the northern overlooks and I squeezed in some time to do colorado river rafting. I wanted to drive to Point Sublime but my little Honda Fit wasn’t able to make it up the road. I had to settle for Cape Royal viewpoint instead. I did some small hikes along the viewpoints until the early evening. I had a drink at the North Rim Lodge and watched the sunset from Bright Angel Point.
The next day I awoke early and head back into the park from my free dispersal campsite in the National Forest. I spent the morning hiking the Widfloss Trail. My favorite part of the hike was teaching a French couple how to stop a Ponderosa Pine Tree by smell; they were visiting Las Vegas and took a grand canyon trip from vegas. Ponderosas smell like butterscotch. So for future reference, out in western USA, people smelling trees isn’t weird. They just like the smell of butterscotch.
A storm rolled for the afternoon which ruined my plan of hiking a little ways below the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I spent some time taking a nap on one of the rocking chairs at the lodge before heading out of the park and starting my drive back to Tennessee.