Adventure Arizona

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

8:45 AMNichole DuPont

Welcome to our oasis. It was our first morning in the Grand Canyon and we had the day already planned! 

 ^ Our tiny little tent meant for one or two people. Great for traveling!
It was time to head out but first coffee! 
I'll tell you guys a little secret because I like you. The best coffee in the Grand Canyon is at Mather Point called Bright Angel Bicycles. Don't be fooled, they have coffee and snacks inside. Since we were visiting in October I was lucky enough to have their amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte! YUM!! Sorry no pictures of the deliciousness. 
After we finished our wonderful lattes we hit the road and headed to the first view point on the South Rim called Desert view Watchtower. 

This beautiful and historic watchtower was constructed in 1932 and designed by Mary Colter. She was influenced by the ancestral Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau.

Did you notice a certain change in the photo above besides the view?  It's my shoes!! When it was going into the afternoon the temperature gets so hot and my wool socks didn't stand a chance! Only a Florida girl would wear flip flops while walking around the Grand Canyon. 

If you plan to travel the whole South Rim in one day you should start early because it takes a while to hit all the viewpoints and museums. The viewpoints are Yuma, Pima, Mohave, Hopi, Maricopa, Grandeur, Yavapai, Mather, Yaki, Shoshone, Grandview, Moran, Zuni, Papago, Pinal, Lipan, Navajo, Desert View, and Comanche. Thats a lot of places to stop at and we didn't even go to all of them! This is a good site to check out to see a map and know where the view points are >>> South Rim View Points.

A fun fact to know if you didn't know already is that Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon as a national monument in 1908. If you'd like to read more about it click on the link, Grand Canyon History.

A lovely quote by Theodore Roosevelt written on the window.
"Do nothing to mar its grandeur for the ages have been at work on it and man cannot improve it. Keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you" 

-Theodore Roosevelt

After spending some time at the Yavapai Museum of Geology and learning all about the Grand Canyon we tried to head to the next view point but when we got to the road we learned that you have to take the bus to go any further. It was getting late and their last bus already left. So we decided to grab some beer and play cards at the campsite. 

 While taking horrible selfies and losing at the card game an elk snuck up on us at the picnic table!! She was two feet from our faces as she strolled by. I tried to hurry and turn my camera on as quickly as possible. My husband was whispering "Hurry! Hurry!". It was my first time seeing an elk up close and I didn't want to miss capturing her on camera! I finally turned the camera on, my husband started following her trying to get a better picture but she had places to be. 

It soon got dark and it was time to head to bed. It was another perfect day in the Grand Canyon. I was so excited for tomorrow that I could hardly sleep. 

^ Im practicing on my star pictures, no luck so far but I'm going to keep trying! Any suggestions would be great! 
If you'd like more information on traveling in the Grand Canyon here is a great link << Click! 

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  1. It's been years since I've been to the Grand Canyon. Your photos are making me want to visit again someday, I missed visiting the South Rim.

    1. Thank you. The Grand Canyon is amazing, you should visit again. I'm hoping to go back soon and visit the north rim!

      -The Southern Adventurer

  2. This post is 1000% shades of amazing. Camping is a wonderful experience to step out of our daily comfort zones & do something different. Can't see an elk if you're at home! Haha. :]

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    1. Thank you Carmen! I totally agree, camping is a wonderful experience. I'm excited for the places i'll be camping at this year. I'll be sharing all the camping experiences and pictures on the blog! I hope you stop by again to see!

      -The Southern Adventurer

  3. Great post!


    Mademoiselle Coconath

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    1. Thank you! Cant wait to share my last and best post of the Grand Canyon with everyone soon!

      -The Southern Adventurer


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