Wintertime Views of the Grand Canyon and the West

 

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After Joshua Tree, we stopped in Kingman, Arizona and had breakfast at Silver Spoon Family Restaurant. Unlike some of the diners that we had visited along Route 66, this seemed a bit more…authentic. I didn’t get the feeling that they had re-painted or re-furnished the place to give it a “retro” look. It seemed like a regular, neighborhood diner. We were the only tourists there, I think. The wait staff were friendly, down-to-earth and efficient. I normally don’t dig on being called ‘honey’ or ‘sugah’ but I didn’t mind it at all when our waitress did so because she said so naturally, without the saccharine tone that I otherwise would scoff at. I ordered the heart-attack-on-a-plate dish of biscuits ‘n gravy (lots of gravy) and Pierre had a really delicious Monte Cristo sandwich. We enjoyed our meal and time there and would love to come back there.

The next place we went to was a surprise for me from Pierre. We drove a couple of hours from Kingman to Grand Canyon West. We went on the newly-built Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge that is suspended more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River on the edge of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. Stepping onto the glass bridge was somthing else, for sure. I could feel my heart beating as I looked down to see the bottom of the canyon. Unless you take a helicopter tour, there is no other way to look down into the canyon like this. We stayed on the bridge for about an hour looking and photographing. We even copied the little children we saw and lay belly-down on the bridge – and gazed straight down into the canyon. Pretty freakin’ awesome.

Afterwards, we continued onward to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We stayed at the Bright Angel Lodge. Our cabin was right next to the rim. We could look outside and see the snow-capped edges of the canyon. The weather went from cloudy, overcast to fairly sunny and then back to full snow storm on the days we were there. It was a great time to be there because we could enjoy the scenery with less crowds and less noise. Below are some photos from our trip. Grand Canyon photos are courtesy of Pierre. Merci!

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11 Responses to “Wintertime Views of the Grand Canyon and the West”

  1. Wandering Chopsticks Says:

    Oooh, lovely, lovely photos. I’ve got pictures of that yucca flower too.🙂

  2. Jen Says:

    Oh, wonderful! So glad you two had a great time. Really enjoyed the pics of the GC. Thank you, Pierre! I love the canyon with snow on it.

  3. White On Rice Couple Says:

    Bravo Pierre & Christine! A premiere vue a la photo en noir et blanc, je dit “Awwww! How cute!”. Les photo du canyon sont tres magnifique! Le derniere temps que Todd et moi visiter le Grande Canyon en ete, il n’ya pas du neige mais beaucoup des touriste. 😦 Trop peu de gens en hiver est un vacances paisible. Je suis tres heureuse que votre vacances avez bien amuse.
    (excusez moi pour la malade grammaire!)

  4. holybasil Says:

    WanderingChopsticks – Thanks! By the way, are your photos of a blooming yucca flower? We were there a little too early, I think, for that.
    Jen- Thanks! It was beautiful and rather cold!
    White on Rice Couple – Ah, merci pour tes commentaires sympathiques! Nous avons passé de superbes vacances et le soleil nous manque beaucoup.

  5. Wandering Chopsticks Says:

    Yup. Blooming yucca. I was there in late June. I like how you’ve got the eagle formation part of eagle point right in the background too.

  6. Warda Says:

    I have never seen a snowy Grand Canyon! The photos are spectacular, Sugah!

  7. Irene Says:

    Your photos are amazing, as usual. My favorite one is the rays and rays of light piercing the dark storm clouds. Just beautiful.

  8. Susan from Food Blogga Says:

    Your stunning photos are giving me wanderlust.

  9. holybasil Says:

    WanderingChopsticks-
    Wow – I didn’t know anyone would catch the eagle point in the background! You are perceptive, WC.
    Warda – Thanks, hon🙂
    Irene- Thanks and I think that photo is also my favorite. To see the the light piercing through the clouds was even better than any photo could capture- it was truly a magical scene.
    Susan- Oh thanks!

  10. Scott Says:

    Very beautiful pictures as I never think of visiting the Grand Canyon in the winter. The kids have been wanting to stay in a log cabin so I will be looking in the Bright Angel Lodge. Very enjoyable – Thank You

  11. holybasil Says:

    Scott – Thanks! Hope you all have a great trip!


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