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We made reservations a year ago to stay in a rim side cabin on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Our friend Beverly Gholson joined us for the adventure. We arrived just as remnants of a hurricane that dumped 12' of rain on Phoenix pushed through. After a foggy, rainy start, we had a beautiful visit. We saw a California Condor, and hike rim trails. We stayed at a Rimside Cabin at the historic North Rim Lodge. Great trip to the isolated North Rim.

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

We got up before the sun to pack and drive from Boulder to the Grand Canyon.

Sun peeks over the horizon

Sun peeks over the horizon

We drove out just as the sun rose. We decided to spend our first night in Torrey, UT, next to Capitol Reef NP. That way, we could drive scenic Highway 12 through the Grand Staircase/Escalante and Bryce Canyon on the way to the North Rim.

On to the Reef

On to the Reef

We had a beautiful day's drive, but knew we were heading into the remnants of Hurricane Norbert, which dumped 11" of rain on Phoenix in a day.

Clouds gathering

Clouds gathering

As we approached Capitol Reef, the clouds gathered.

Raging River

Raging River

As we approached the park from the East, we could see storm clouds in the distance. Then, we came upon a raging Fremont River, and were reminded of the flash flood danger here.

Storm Clouds on the ridges

Storm Clouds on the ridges

The roads into Capitol Reef cross washes that tend to flood easily. We remembered from our last trip the warning signs. This afternoon, the roads were all closed due to flash flooding.

Rainy drive through Grand Staircase

Rainy drive through Grand Staircase

The next day, we drove up and over Boulder Mountain, and across the Grand Staircase. We were in and out of the rain. Here you see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon looming over the Staircase

Kaibab Plateau

Kaibab Plateau

We left the desert and drove up onto the Kaibab Plateau where you find thick forests of pine and aspen as you climb towards the North Rim.

Entering the Park

Entering the Park

The North Rim is quite a bit higher than the South Rim. It is much cooler, with more rain and vegetation. Also, only a fraction of the visitors to the Grand Canyon make it to the North Rim.

Arriving at the Lodge

Arriving at the Lodge

The North Rim Lodge is a wonderful log and stone structure rebuilt in the '30's after the original lodge burnt down.

Stunning views

Stunning views

Crossing the lobby, you look down a flight of stairs to the Sun Room, with stunning views of the Grand Canyon

Dining room with a view

Dining room with a view

Just to the right of the lobby is a huge dining room with more incredible views. Better make reservations, it's the only game in town for a sit down dinner.

Lodge View

Lodge View

Views from the East Terrace of the Lodge

Makes me dizzy

Makes me dizzy

It's a long way down from here, with precipitous drop-offs in every direction.

Reflecting beauty

Reflecting beauty

You can see the canyon and clouds reflecting in the Lodge windows

Genie & Beverly on the East Terrace

Genie & Beverly on the East Terrace

Relaxing before dinner, listening to Ranger talks about Condors and the geology of the Canyon

Rim Side Pioneer Cabin

Rim Side Pioneer Cabin

The three of us stayed in a rustic log cabin overlooking the canyon. You have to reserve these a year in advance.

Sun on the Canyon

Sun on the Canyon

Our first afternoon, the sun was shining, and the views were astounding.

Log Bench

Log Bench

I want one of these.

North Rim Pano

Genie and Beverly at the Rim

Remnants of Norbert

Remnants of Norbert

The hurricane that dumped 11" of rain in a day on Phoenix arrived the next morning, scuttling plans for hikes down into the canyon.

Storm clouds blow through

Rainy canyon day

Driving tour of the North Rim

Driving tour of the North Rim

We headed out to see the sites despite the weather.

Out to the Point

Heading into a fog

Gregg & Beverly

Low ceiling

Interesting views below the clouds

Clouds are breaking

Blue Sky!

Many colors of sky and rock

Weather turns beautiful

Looking for Condors

Looking for Condors

At this point, we saw a Turkey Vulture soaring, and then a Condor dropped off the edge and came soaring past us. Incredible how big he is.

Notch in the Rock

Notch in the Rock

an arch is forming

Tower Rock

Views from the Highest point

Big sky country

Far horizons

Point Imperial

Sunset from the Lodge

Sun dropping

Last rays of sun

Twilight

Color in the clouds

Lodge at sunset

Pink Clouds on the South Rim

Morning light

Lodge view

Hiking the Widforss Trail

Hiking the Widforss Trail

We took one of the rim side trails out from the lodge to several wonderful overlooks. Saw this horned toad

Burned out log

Burned out log

anyone for a dug out canoe?

Genie & Beverly at the Rim

Flowers afield

Side canyon view

Huge ponderosa pines

Can't reach around it

Fire scar

Fire scar

the leeward sides of trees get burn marks like this as burning embers pile up and burn into the trunk.

Canyon view

Rock squirrel

More views

Amazing what a side creek will do

Beverly gets the point

Sitting on a ledge

Aspen Grove

Fall color

Cave where the first ranger stayed

Cave where the first ranger stayed

You can see the opening where the ranger who mapped much of this part of the plateau stayed.

Coyote looks healthy

Footprints in the rock

End of another day

Sun setting

Beautiful colors of dusk

There goes the sun

Fading glory

Sea of blues and reds

Lodge at sunset

Time to say goodbye

Time to say goodbye

after a wonderful visit to the remote North Rim

Goodbye Grand Canyon

What a beautiful lodge

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