I left Phoenix and headed north on Monday. In Flagstaff I stopped for some groceries, as I was camping, and when I walked outside there was a torrential down pour. Ridiculous, it’s Arizona, people!!
Anyway, I made it safely to the campground and set myself up. Luckily I was getting used to the afternoon thunder storms so I put the second layer on my tent.
I then took the shuttle bus to the edge, this was my first view.
Then I saw this sign, which as a medieval historian made me smile. It also made me warn a couple people not to feed the squirrels. The plague is not fun and because it is so uncommon it is often misdiagnosed. This was definitely something I didn’t think I would have to worry about on my trip.
On my way back to my camp I saw this guy on the other side of the road. Isn’t is grand?
The next morning I decided to take the shuttle to the beginning of the rim trail and hike back to the village, it was about 8 miles. I started at Hermit’s Rest and went from there. Here are some pictures of my hike (It was difficult to choose which ones to use because they were all so similar HA!)
It took me hours, but I made it. Then dinner and sleep, I was exhausted! The next morning I got up early and went back to the visitor’s center took some more pictures in different light. There were also a pair of crows that I thought made a nice picture.
On my way out of the park, I saw my elk friend again. So handsome!
I also stopped at the tower at Desert View, which had a really nice view.
I’ll post about the drive out and the petrified forest later. This is enough for one post. 🙂