Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grand Canyon: Day Three

One wonders what this place must be like in summer. This morning we decided to return to the El Tovar for breakfast and spent fifteen minutes, at least, looking for parking and then another fifteen waiting to be seated. The breakfast was worth it.

El Tovar also brought to our attention two aspects of Grand Canyon and Park Service history, first, the architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter who worked for the park service concessionaire, the Fred Harvey Company from 1910 through about 1940 and built a number of significant buildings in the Grand Canyon for the Harvey Company which is often credited with helping to open the Southwest to tourism.

After breakfast we searched for parking some more and then boarded the Red Shuttle out to Hermit’s Rest (site of another Colter building), and walked a mile and a quarter portion of the rim trail. Today I limited myself to fewer than 100 images.

It was another grand day in the Grand Canyon. Tomorrow we traverse about 280 miles to Bryce Canyon and, as Sharon put it, we will have more fun with another hole in the ground.

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