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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Grand Canyon, South Rim

Updated: Feb 17


The Grand Canyon

We entered Grand Canyon National Park at the East Entrance on Highway 64 and drove the length of Desert View Dr. to the Trailer Village RV Park. We stayed here for 4 days in site 123 on the east side of the campground. We had deer and elk wander into our site on multiple occasions. Our cat Chuck who was harnessed trained wasn’t afraid of the deer and elk at all. He would sit in the trailer doorway and watch them in our campsite.




We spent one afternoon checking out the elk in the wooded areas around the campground.



For the camera and setup I use for wildlife photos see Photo Equipment



We checked out the viewpoints along Desert View Dr. one day and spent some time at the Desert View Tower area one afternoon.




The sunsets and sunrises were just amazing with one very dramatic sunset at the Mather Point Overlook. We were at the canyon rim for every sunset and sunrise. We had 1 clear day with no clouds but the rest of the time there was cloudy weather which is ideal for landscape photography. "You can’t wait until something happens and then take a picture of it. It’s happened so fast that you’ll be late. Conversations with Ansel Adams, pg. 14"



For the camera gear used for these photos see Photography Gear Guide


On our way back to San Diego we stopped in Gila Bend overnight and found a really nice RV Park that we like. The Sonoran Desert RV Park, https://www.sonorandesertrvpark.com, is a good distance for us as a first or last leg of a drive from San Diego. Pulling the trailer and a stop for lunch it’s a 6-and-a-half-hour drive which is the maximum time we like to spend in the truck however we have gone farther on occasion.


Lorna's Tips and Lessons

Popcorn is a tried-and-true snack for our camping groups, and we've got two ways of making it. One is to use a popcorn popper specifically designed for the campfire, and the other is to pop it in the microwave. But even when we opt for the microwave method, we don't want to sacrifice precious space in the trailer. That's why we love using a collapsible microwave popcorn popper - it's a real space-saver! We even have one for our house and one for the trailer. Not only does it collapse down to a small size for storage, but it pops up to 4 cups of popcorn at once.



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