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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

The Grand Canyon National Park

Updated: May 23

Point Imperial sunrise with a cloudy sky
Point Imperial

The drive from Jacob Lake to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park was breathtaking, with aspen trees at their full peak color and a beautiful mix of aspen and pine trees along the way. It was 45 miles of the most beautiful scenery.

Pine and Aspen on the drive with the aspen, showing brilliant yellow color with a cloudy sky
Pine and Aspen on the drive

Visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the fall was a truly unforgettable experience. As the summer crowds begin to thin out, the park takes on a more tranquil and serene atmosphere and allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the stunning natural surroundings. The autumn foliage provided a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop, with a riot of oranges and yellows, adorning the trees that line the trails. The cool, crisp air was invigorating, and the views from the North Rim were nothing short of spectacular. The colors became even more vivid as the sun set over the canyon, creating a mesmerizing display of nature's raw beauty.

We stayed in a cabin at the lodge and spent the afternoon exploring the trails and taking in the stunning views from the lodge's balcony. When it started raining, we still enjoyed the view from inside the lodge through the large picture windows.

The next morning, we woke up early to catch the sunrise at the Point Imperial Overlook. The drive out Cape Royal Road and Point Imperial Road was dark but well worth it as we arrived just before sunrise. The twilight and early morning light was beautiful, but it was truly spectacular when the sun came up and illuminated the canyon through the clouds. For more photos of the Grand Canyon, check out our Zion/Toroweep trip blog and our Colorado 2021 blog. Although we only had 1 afternoon and 1 morning there it was a great experience and we can't wait to get back.

In conclusion, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that should be on everyone's bucket list. With its breathtaking vistas, diverse plant and animal life, and abundant recreational opportunities, this stunning destination is a must-see for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're looking to hike, camp, or simply take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon, the North Rim is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. So if you're seeking an unforgettable outdoor adventure, pack your bags and head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - you won't be disappointed!

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

Duck tape is a versatile tool that can come in handy during hiking trips. Years ago I read a suggestion to wrap some around my hiking stick. You could also wrap it around a strap of your backpack. Nowadays it comes in fun prints as well. I have used it on a couple of occasions to repair gear. Here are some of the uses of masking tape while hiking that I have heard of.

  1. First aid: Masking tape can be used to secure bandages or dressings in place. In case of a minor cut or injury, you can use masking tape to create a temporary bandage until you get to a more suitable location to properly treat the wound.

  2. Blister prevention: If you're prone to blisters on your feet during long hikes, masking tape can be used as a preventative measure. You can apply it to areas on your feet that are prone to blisters to create a protective barrier.

  3. Gear repair: If your hiking gear, such as a backpack, tent, or sleeping bag, tears or has a loose seam, masking tape can be used as a temporary fix until you can get proper repairs. It can also be used to secure loose straps or cords.

  4. Trail marking: Masking tape can be used to mark trails or trees to help you find your way back or navigate through an unfamiliar area. This can be especially useful if you're hiking in an area without clear trail markers or if you're hiking in a group and want to mark your progress.

  5. Emergency signaling: In case of an emergency, masking tape can be used as a signaling device. You can create a large "X" with the tape on the ground or a tree to signal for help.

  6. Water protection: If you need to keep something dry, such as matches or a phone, masking tape can be used to create a waterproof seal. Simply wrap the item in the tape, making sure to cover all sides.

Hiking staff leaning against the trailer
Hiking staff

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