I opted to camp while visiting the Grand Canyon. It was way cheaper than a hotel. $18 bucks a night. Can't beat that!
After paying my park fee, I went straight to my campground. I arrived at around 1:30pm (check-in was 12), got my little pass, headed to my campsite... annnd there were people in spot 209 - my spot. They had a tent up and everything. I asked the lady there "are you coming or going?" she gave me a weird look and then looked for her husband, who then in an accent said, "We will be gone in 30 minutes." I was a little peeved so I went to the office. The ranger said he had talked to the couple and 15 minutes ago they said they would be gone in 15 minutes - he was pissed too, so he went to talk to them again.
....in the meantime, I decided to go find that thing I came for... the GRAND CANYON.
This was my fist look...
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Absolutely beautiful! We've all seen it in pictures.... but they are nothing like the real thing. You don't get that weak in your knees feeling - which I got. I don't even have a problem with heights but I was trembling a bit! I quickly got over that - but wow. Beautiful. Amazing. Go. See. It. Now.
I did head back to the campground after snapping a few pictures. I just wanted to get everything set up so I wouldn't have to worry about it later. The people were gone. Thank goodness, because I might have "helped" them pick up the pace.
I selected a nice place for my tent. Not too muddy and late afternoon shade (though not in this picture).
I kept camp pretty simple. It was just me and it made tear down go a lot faster.
I slept on a borrowed cot. Which made all the difference - Because as you will see, I went back out and weather was definitely on its way.
I had a little time for a campfire and book.
This is what I've dubbed my "Girl Fire." That's about all the effort I was going/needed to put into it.
I had one citronella candle burning nearby... and I would like to mention, I didn't put one drop of bug-spray on the whole trip and never got any bug-bites! That has got to be some kid of record.
Soon enough, the storm started rolling in and I put out my fire...
The thunder was SO loud and the lightning was practically in my face. I didn't feel safe in the tent so I stayed in the car listing to The Moth podcasts on my Ipod.... For an hour and a half! Eek. I also got bored and started playing with my camera.
The thunder and lighting moved off into the distance and I made my way to the tent for some reading and rest. The storm didn't stop until well after I was asleep in the tent. I remember unzipping the tent at one point and seeing a beautiful night sky filled with stars.
And that is the end to day one! More to come...