Grand Circle day 11 - Grand Canyon

July 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Grand Circle day 11 Grand Canyons

***Chinese Version at the bottom***

A nice little place well known among nature photographers is just south of Page, the Horseshoe Bend. It is a U-bend in the Colorado river in the shape of a horseshoe. The river cuts through about 500 feet of sandstone cliff. From the parking lot, there is a short trail that walks up to the top where you can look across over the U-bend in the river. There is a big warning sign that says the trail has no shade. So make sure you cover yourself to avoid sunburn. Carry water. There is no railing on the canyon rim so watch your step. Don't slip and fall into the 500 hundred feet deep canyon, etc, etc.

It was windy that day. Halfway up to the rim I found a large pergoda with some benches. There is already a steady stream of people coming and going. We found a good vantage point and sat on the edge to take pictures.  For this spot you need a wide angle lens to capture the whole horse shoe shape. We saw a small float down in the river. We walked around the top for slightly different angles. When we have enough we head back to the parking lot and continue south to get to Grand Canyon.

Take US-89 South and turn to AZ-64 West for a total of about 130 Miles.
After about two hours drive, there is a small pullout for a small viewpoint where some locals sell souvenirs made of beaded color stones accessories. Labels says the beads are imported and design and assembled by locals. We got to stretch our legs and let the car cool down a bit.

Entering Grand Canyon from the East Entrance 

Another 2 hours later we arrived at the east entrance of Grand Canyon, Desert View. There is a stone tower here. We went inside and walked up to the top. The lower floor is a gift shop.

Then we start on the park road towards Grand Canyon Village. We stopped at the different viewpoints along the way, Navajo Point, Lipan Point, Moran Point, Grand View Point, Yaki Point, Mather Point, Yavapi Point. We checked into Maswik lodge and had lunch at the cafeteria there. We head to Bright Angel trailhead where the shuttle bus starts. Along the park road we stop on each viewpoint, Maricopa Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, The Abyss, Pima Point and reached Hermit Point. We spent too much time there resting and looking for gifts. We took the shuttle bus back to Bright Angel Point directly. We had hoped to catch the sunset. but when we arrived at Bright Angel Point, the sun already set and we missed the golden sunset and the orange red colors of the canyon. Too bad.

Day 12

Last day of the trip we followed a ranger for a short walk along the canyon rim. But we found that they moved too slowly. We then checked out and drove back to Phoenix for our night flight back home.

 

***Chinese Version below***

有個小地方是攝影師喜愛的地方在Page南方,叫馬蹄彎,Horseshoe Bend,科羅拉多河在這拐一個大彎,像個馬蹄形,河岸兩邊是至少五百尺高直上直下的沿崖,從停車場有小徑行至沿崖邊,可眺望對岸,入口處有警告路牌說明沿途並無遮陰的地方,小心暴晒過度,要帶水,崖邊無欄杆,小心跌倒等等。

當日風大,我們走到一半見有個亭,裏面有長椅子,上次來這裏好像沒有這個亭,此時已經陸續有人來回,我們找一處可見整個河彎的地方影相,這裏要用上廣角鏡才可把整個馬蹄彎攝入相中,望進河中有隻小小的浮艇向下游漂去,我們沿崖頂邊緣找幾個不同角度影相,夠了就返回車上向最後一站大峽谷進發。

車子駛了一段路見一個小小路牌指出一個景點,決定停一下休息,沒有甚麼好看,只有幾個小販賣紀念品,又是彩石串。

Entering Grand Canyon from the East Entrance 

幾小時後到了大峽谷東邊入口,Desert View. 這裏有個圓形石塔約三層高,低層現在是禮品店,塔內有仿古土人壁畫。

從這裏向西駛,沿著峽谷邊緣在不同的觀景區進發,先去酒店check in, 在公園食堂食個午餐,從Bright Angel Trail 搭上環保車,繼續向西至Hermit Point, 每一個站下車拍照,在Hermit Point 坐環保車回程,有人想日落前回到Bright Angel 我們上次住宿的小屋子前面睇日落,回憶一下,可惜環保車行得慢,而我們又在Hermit Point 的禮物店花太多時間,結果錯失了金黃日落時間,可惜!
第十二日
最後一天我們跟隨公園的人聽介紹慢慢走了一段路,不過覺得太慢,很快我們就離隊,回酒店退房,駕車回鳳凰城,乘飛機回家去。

 

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