It is the last day on my walkabout. I don't have much planned, except going to another museum, shopping a little more, looking at the wildlife around the South Rim and taking a Mule Ride!
I definitely cannot get enough "looking" at the Canyon. I truly am going to miss it.
I have spent a fair amount of time just sitting and staring out at this beautiful sight.
Having grown up watching The Brady Bunch, I definitely HAD to ride a Mule at the Grand Canyon. Ideally, I would have gone down into the Canyon and stayed at Phantom Ranch. Sadly, to do that one really needs to book that ride a year in advance! Remember, I just set up this trip six weeks ago.
My Mule adventure, which was three hours long, took me through a huge
Ponderosa Pine forest and to the Abyss Lookout.
I felt my inner Brady kid smile!
|No LONG faces here! :)|
|NOTE: Yes, I was violating the rules! |
No cameras are supposed to be used while on the Mules.
I couldn't help myself!
I really did enjoy the mule ride because it is something that I couldn't do back at home. And, my inner Brady kid was a happy camper.
|adorable, but devilish, squirrels|
|Hummingbirds that look like little golden cigars flying through the air.|
A Rufus or Allen's Hummingbird
The California Condors were just so great today too!
Did I mention in my last post that they have a wingspan of 9 1/2 feet?
Are the largest bird on this continent and are scavengers?
In these pictures you can actually see their number tags.
|decent picture of the number tags|
Definitely not the prettiest bird around. But amazing to see in the wild!
I learned that the young birds have all black heads and their heads turn pink by the age of 2. When they reach 6, they are colorful on their heads and that's the age they can mate and reproduce.
They will lay just one egg about every 2 years, caring for their youngster that whole time.
A few last photos of my day/trip
|The train that brought me here a week ago|
|El Tovar and Thunderbird Lodges|
I had the honor of staying at both these and Maswik during my time here.
My room is the dark one on the bottom...I could see the Canyon, through the Elk!
There are baby elk here too.
|No longer as afraid of the edge!|
|You might want to enlarge this picture...I am sitting on the rim stone wall|
and that is the bottom of the canyon a mile below....I wasn't sitting like this for too long!
|The South Rim, with visitors along the edge...don't think I've taken many pictures |
like this to show what it was like, again enlarging this picture is best.
|Advice from the Canyon|
|Advice from a Mule|
|Advice from a Trail|
The sun started to set on my last night....
*That I can conquer challenges in life
*That Nature REALLY IS Beautiful!
I started this adventure asking Who Am I? I wanted to remember who I was BEFORE I became a Wife and a Mother. Who is the ME in my core? Yes, I still love making others happy. But life is too short and I need to remember I matter too. This trip has helped remind me of many things that I enjoy. I am happy that I went away, but my new questions are: How do I return home? and How do I remember to think about me? Hmm. Life is full of questions. I guess we are always searching for answers.