We only planned to spend one day at the Grand Canyon before heading to Joshua Tree National Park.
While the Grand Canyon is massive, one day was about right for us for a visit, as we just wanted to cycle and walk around the well-traveled South Rim trails to take in some of the awesome sights.
Unfortunate for us, snowy, windy weather arrived along with us. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is at 6,800 ft, so it’s not unusual to get snow in April.
The strong winds and snow caused us to nix the bike ride and it also limited the long range views, but we made the most of our time with a couple frigid walks along the rim trails.
And of course, Jane completed the Grand Canyon Junior Ranger program.
We got what we came for on our one day at the Grand Canyon, and the visit has reignited an old inclination I once had to raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Getting a noncommercial permit to paddle the Colorado River through the canyon is pretty difficult, as there is a lottery system.
I created a new profile tonight and teed up a reminder for the next lottery in February, though getting a launch date may never happen since it’s an annual lottery system.
I’ll likely end up on a commercial trip as an old man in the way distant future, but I’m sure there will be other rivers between now and then to keep me busy.