There were at least 5 different areas in the park that had fire damage to the trees and environment. All were along side the roadways, leading an investigator to say it was human caused. What a shame that there are careless or unheeding soles. There were hundreds of acres burned, and some right to the cliff edges.
Not all squirrels are begging for hand outs as this one dutiful great climber proves but at popular spots like lookouts and even hiked to viewpoints, there are often little beggers who should be ignored and certainly not fed. This leads to unnatural behavior on the squirrel's part. The snacks in question are generally not good even for humans and when you factor in the size of the squirrel, a few M & M's is like us ingesting ten gallons of ice cream. We saw some people hand feeding them, often as bribes to get a good picture of them. If you want close ups, buy yourself a decent zoom and wait it out. It's not like it's a leopard or gorilla. It's a squirrel.
It seems like a lot of fun riding a mule down the trail to Grand Canyon.
But it seemed a bit scarry to be on a mule. You have to navigate through the traffic and one mis-step could be a tumble over the edge. So we decided to walk.
But if you want to ride, there are some other precautions besides overcoming your natural instincts and fears.
You must be in good shap. Your height is at least 4' 7" tall. Your weight is under 200 pounds. You understand "cowboy English." You are not pregnant.
And appropriately attired.
When we were planning our trip through the South West of U.S.A., we were looking for a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. That was something we definately wanted to do. We were a bit disappointed about the fact that we were not able to book any tickets or flight via the internet.
Once we arrived at the airport we were glad we didn't. Take a look at the next figures:
* Price: 90 USD per person;
* Flight time: 20 minutes.
* Price: 75 USD per person;
* Flight time: 45 minutes.
That wasn't a difficult decision to make ...
Grand Canyon Airport, Grand Canyon AZ 86023
Scenic Airlines are located in the main terminal of the Grand Canyon Airport.
In the summer, do most of your landscapes early in the morning or late in the evening. Otherwise, all the nooks and crannies will tend to blend into each other and you won't get any sense of the depth. During the day, concentrate more on closer-up details.
This picture was taken in early October, so the sun wasn't as directly overhead, but it isn't as dramatic as it would be if there were deeper shadows.
In order to get a better picture, you can use contrast, where one side of the canyon will be lit with bright sun and the other side in dark shade.
The website gives other photography tips.
The Grand Canyon is one of our most popular national parks and it receives millions of visitors per year. There are no cleaning crews here. In order to make sure it remains unspoiled, everyone who hikes and camps is required to pack out their trash.
We decided to go to Grand Canyon on a labor day weekend within the same week, on that Wednesday...more
With only 1 place to stay at the bottom of the canyon in a national park that has over 5 million...more
Parashant National Monument, PO Box 910088, St. George, UT 84791-0088, Arizona, United States
Good for: Solo