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Grand Canyon Diorama

Just back from our long weekend to the “undisclosed location” — Grand Canyon. Although we’re both Arizona natives, it had been a while since we’ve visited our own landmark. My last visit was in 1995, and Christopher hadn’t been there since he was a child — so our trip was long overdue. This was my fourth time in the canyon, but I never get tired of it. The sheer size of the area never fails to catch me off guard. It’s breathtaking, and kind of scary (I could see where people could slip and fall off the edge).

For this particular trip, we entered the park via the Grand Canyon Village containing the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House (designed by Mary Colter in 1905). These were both nifty, and luckily they haven’t been modernized much. Actually, the developed portion of the rim is blessedly free of distracting modern touches. We explored the visitors center and watched with a tour group as the sun set over the horizon. The air was a bit hazy from controlled burns on the afternoon we were there, but the canyon was still gorgeous. We booked a package with the Grand Canyon Railway, which allowed us to pig out on free buffet food and browse through a bunch of tacky souvenir shops in the town of Williams. I only bought one thing: a night light with a Native American-style image of a bear, for my parents. On the way back home, we detoured to a local attraction where one can feed a herd of deer (see the last pic with C. getting mobbed). The photos below are just a few highlights from the trip:

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona

3 Thoughts on “Grand Canyon Diorama

  1. Nice article and pictures. I have been in Grand Canyon last year. I loved it, especially the helicopter tour. I recommend you to also see the north rim, it’s very interesting as well.

    Buy some foods before entering Tusayan, there is no nearby supermarket….

  2. Wonderful shots! That’s one of my favorite places to go. Just the sheer beauty of it all, and the sense of calm you get when you’re standing with the canyon gaping before you. I’m also a huge fan of Mary Colter – her amazing lunchroom/restaurant here in Los Angeles at Union Station is perfectly preserved, although unfortunately has been closed to the public for decades.

    Also I had to laugh at the shot you took of the “Turquoise Tepee” sign –I took nearly the exact photo when I was in Williams a couple years ago. Did you eat at Rod’s Steakhouse? They are famous for their “sugar-charred” steak, and they have the coolest dishes (Syracuse China) you’ll ever find in a restaurant today.

  3. We did go to Rods, Kevin! Loved the old dinnerware and cow-shaped menus. I had the most delicious steak sandwich lunch there.

    We also visited the cool old bar/lounge at Union Station about ten years ago. I don’t think it was the Mary Colter place you described. The door was open, but the room was all eerie and deserted (I think it was where they filmed a scene from “The Way We Were”).

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