Kingman to the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Distance: 167 miles
Campground: Fire Road 310 (boondocking)
Cost per Night: Free
Duration: 1 night
Weather: Sunny and warm
We were up early and on the road before 9:00 in order to avoid the mid-day wind gusts. It was pretty much easy driving, though, on I-40. The trees were just beginning to show hints of yellow, but we were too early to see any real fall colors. The sunflowers, however, were in full bloom along the side of the road. Highway 64 (Williams to the Grand Canyon) is long and very bumpy. We were happy to finally reach the national park where the roads were wide and smooth. The sky was blue, with no sign of smoke, although once we reached the Grand Canyon, we could see smoke from the fire near the North Rim.
Once again, we saved the National Park entrance fee ($25) with our America the Beautiful Senior Pass. It sure has come in handy and has paid for itself ($20) with our visits to various parks. We decided to skip the Village and Visitor Center and drove out toward Desert View and the fire road, at which we were hoping to camp for the night. The first viewpoint had a large, open parking space that I was able to snag, so we stopped for lunch. I literally gasped when I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time. Actually, I almost cried. It is so beautiful! And, HUGE! What a thrill to see it and have lunch in the RV right along the south rim. It was just after noon and there were only a half dozen or so people strolling about. We met a sweet young couple from Holland and they asked if we would "make a picture" of them. They did the same for us and we enjoyed hearing about their two-week trip in the U.S.
Wow. Just Wow.
Lunchtime. View from inside the RV!
After getting set up, we went for a short walk and decided to climb the Grandview Lookout Tower, which is 80 feet tall. This steel tower was erected in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Up we go!
Nice view of the Grand Canyon.
I was able to shoot this without actually looking down!
Can you spot our RV?
I wasn't prepared to get so scared, but I did, so we both agreed to stop at 40 feet. We later saw some folks go all the way to the top to watch the sunset. I'm not sure I'd want to climb down in the dark, but they did!
Great dispersed campsite.
Relaxing and avoiding the horsefly that decided to join us outside.
Yep, we'll come back here again!
This sunset picture doesn't do it justice.
Halibut tacos for dinner. Mmmmm!