If you can believe it, Day 2 was colder than Day 1. The high was 39. But, the sun was shining again so we bundled up and headed for the eastern side of the south rim.
We opted for the shuttle service again… however – you can drive on that side of the canyon. Our deal was, parking near the rim hotels was filled to the gills – so we found a good space and LET IT BE. Plus, why bother tooling around when there are shuttles running everywhere?
We went out to the furthermost east point on the shuttle route and worked our way back from there. Along the way, the shuttle driver suggested a meandering hike on paved trail that was about a mile, so we took him up on that too.
By the time we wrapped up our canyonseeing and wanted dinner + sunset, we realized “sunset” was not in our future. But the coolest – eeriest – mistiest – crawlingiest fog was. So, we watched that for about an hour, froze our asses off, then had a great dinner that included several piña coladas for me and several Tanqueray and tonics for Bryan. Another major benefit of staying right there on the rim… Drinking & Walking. Unless, of course, you have more like 7 or 8 piña coladas and wander a little too close… ?
Highlights from Day 2 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona: