|Wednesday, December 26, 1984: My family and I drove to the Grand Canyon after visiting my grandparents in the Phoenix area for Christmas. It was cold and snowy but we went out for a walk along the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village. Here's the view from the Kolb Studio looking east toward El Tovar.|
The clouds would break on the rim long enough to get partial views of the canyon. This was taken between Kolb Studio and Lookout Studio.
|Past Lookout Studio, it is easier to identify El Tovar Hotel on the rim in the distance.|
|My parents took frequent breaks as we walked. My mom was very ill with cancer and passed away three weeks later, so it was difficult for her to walk. We were staying in Thunderbird Lodge so that she would only have to step outside to see the canyon.|
This panorama was taken from in front of Kachina Lodge. The clouds had lifted enough for a better view.
|Here's a view from the rim in front of El Tovar Hotel.|
|This was taken in front of Hopi House. Attempts to recreate this photo 33 years later failed because the trees seen here got much taller in the meantime. The stones were still there exactly as they appear here.|
|Here's my brother getting a closer look at the canyon. With almost no identifying features to work with, it was impossible to figure out where this was taken. Sigh.|
|Thursday, December 27, 1984: The next day, my dad struck out on his own to hike the South Kaibab Trail. It descends from the rim, ...|
|... and works its way down to Ooh Ah Point ...|
|... and Cedar Ridge, ...|
|... to Skeleton Point. From here, the trail continues to the Colorado River and the Kaibab Suspension Bridge, but guessing from the photos, my dad turned around here and hiked the steep three miles back.|
Here's the view looking back toward Cedar Ridge, with the cloud-covered rim visible in the distance.
It was another ten years before we returned to the Grand Canyon.
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