Sunday, August 5, 2012

Grand Canyon: elken magic

If you're wondering where all the elk are around here, they're posing for photographs alongside the road into the Park. There are more elk than you can shake a stick at. Clint tried shaking a stick at all of them, such was his disdain for their velvety goodness.

A gorgeous bull was strutting his rack this morning, cruising the salad bar, and cars threw themselves into park in traffic. I acted cool and nonchalant - oh yes, an elk; how quaint - like I was an old timer, but really I was just mad that I left my camera at home.

From the Desert View Watchtower:

From an egg:

Tips for boondockers at the Grand Canyon, South Rim:

  • If you haven't bought your Interagency Pass, you may decide to do that now. $25 for a week is worth it, but then there's the second week. Then there's the Grand Circle, now that you're so close. When you head back to Sedona for the Fall, you'll use it at any Red Rock Pass area.
  • Inside the Park you can recycle, dump garbage, do your laundry, and take a long, hot shower while your dainties are tumbling.
  • You can also get (free) potable water here, although you'll need your Water Bandit if your water intake requires a threaded connection. 
  • (Free) RV dumping station is adjacent.
  • There is a general store in Grand Canyon Village that has a surprising selection. It has a surprising selection of price tags, too, but your option is an hour into Williams.
  • There is a post office (86023). I forgot to ask if they accept General Delivery.
Tusayan is very close, but without many amenities. You can get fast food there, and there are a couple of sit-down restaurants. Gasoline. Motels. No groceries. 

Forest Service roads run all around the area. Once we're outta here I'll be giving you this location, perfect for a big rig. There are nice spots for smaller rigs nearby. We tagged four sites for potential parking places, and settled on our favorite here.

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Gaelyn said...

Glad you're exploring the park. And yes, that interagency pass is a must. That market is stocked pretty good but the prices are high. Our little store on the North Rim doesn't have half as much for twice the price. Remember that when/if you head this way.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks for that tip, Gaelyn. We are leaning strongly toward making that trip, so a day trip back to Flag is probably in order before we head north.

If/when we head up, do you think you'll have time for us to buy you a cuppa?

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Color me jealous but grateful for your blog. At least I get to enjoy the GC via your posts. One of these days . . . :)

Merikay said...

Grand Canyon 2014 or Else! If we don't get the house done and sold, we'll go anyway.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Betty. Kick that thing's butt, and git on out here!

Good, Merikay! Show that house you're not going to wait around. It will give up and sell itself.

Russ Krecklow said...

Thanks for sharing the elk and the art. You're just an all around nice person and a pretty darn good photographer, too.

Sherry said...

Oh you are just a sweetie! Look at those terrific pictures of the Kabotie art. Swoon swoon! Wish I were there to snatch that camera and run off with it. But I suppose I'd have to snatch the photographer too in order to have such great shots indoors and outdoors. Maybe if I give my camera to you, you can make it do such great things??

I don't suppose you are going to go anywhere I don't just love so I can stop wishing I were there.

Rick Doyle said...

Thanks for posting the beautiful pics inside the Desert View Watchtower. We didn't get there during our Grand Canyon visit - but, thanks to your pics, now we have!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Aw, Russ, you're so kind. Thank you.

Sherry, I was bad because I forgot to say that Annie took more than half of those Kabotie pictures. She has the very same model of point-and-shoot.

Maybe I should start wishing to be in Tampa so it would be fairer.

My pleasure, Rick, and thanks!

Bob said...

Need to see it.
Only flown over it.
Saw a sign once after we crossed over Hoover Dam saying it was a couple hunnert miles away. Too far. Too late in the day. Went to Kingman instead. Now THAT was exciting!


The Good Luck Duck said...

Kingman - lol. Not that I'm knocking Kingman. I want to see it. I already pre-judge that it will not hold me in the same thrall.

Janie and John said...

Isn't the Grand Canyon well grand!. We had such a great week there, I am sure is hotter than hades right now. have fun!

The Good Luck Duck said...

It is, Janie! We've had a great summer at 7000'; it's been in the 70's, and occasionally low 80's. This is the Arizona summer destination!

Levonne said...

I love the Grand Canyon! Have fun!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Levonne! We love it, too.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful photos of the Grand Canyon. I'm still not on the "duckroll." :-(

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yeah you are! Desert Diva, right? You're showing up big as life, #2 position right now.

Soon to be full timers said...

We just passed you this weekend, spent the weekend in Sedona and Flagg...Do I understand that you will be staying the fall in Sedona? Can't think of a better place..Hope you are still around when we hit the road, would be fun to meet up with you and learn from one of the best.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Oh man! It's great, isn't it? Both areas are spectacular, and in spectacularly different ways. I don't know if we'll autumn in Sedona or not, but I imagine it's a good place to be.

You're very kind, but you flatter us. That's okay - we like flattery. I hope we'll get a chance to meet.