Revisiting the Grand Canyon was the highlight of our travels to Santa Fe. The vistas from the South Rim were as amazing and awe-inspiring to me this time as every other time I’ve seen them. Capturing them on camera is near impossible for amateur photographers like me, but at least these cell phone images document our visit.
Snow dusted rock ledges and shaded forest floors — a reminder that it’s still winter. Bracing winds whipped about. Even so, the park was busy, especially with travelers from Asia.
When I caught sight of the Colorado River deep in the canyon, I marveled at my stamina and nerve 12 years ago when I backpacked from the North Rim to the South Rim with three other women. It was a journey I treasure for its insights into my life as well as for the experience of being surrounded by such extraordinary grandeur.
Our dog, Sonya, put up with our numerous stops to admire the view and take photos. Later she joined us on the paved Rim Trail, which permits dogs. She’s a people magnet, bringing smiles to passersby and attracting people eager to pet her and strike up a conversation.
We are now comfortably situated in our spring and summer “home” in Santa Fe after a safe and joyful 650-mile road trip.