Peggy and I are now finishing up the first week of our Southwest tour and I decided it was time to give you a taste of things to come. Today, I am featuring photos by Peggy that she took on Saturday. All of these are from overlooks along the West Rim Drive between the Grand Canyon Village and Hermit’s Rest. Peggy is using our EOS Rebel T6i with its 16-300 Tamron telephoto lens.
We arrived at our campground in the park around one pm on Saturday and immediately set off to catch the shuttle bus out to Hermit’s rest. The West Rim drive is closed to autos. The bus makes several stops at key overlooks. Visitors are free to get off the bus, hang around as long as they want, and then catch another bus. They run every 10-15 minutes. We took the bus out to Powell Point and then hiked the Rim Trail to Mojave Point. There, we caught another bus out to Hermit’s Rest. After that we took a bus back to Mojave Point for sunset.
NEXT POSTS: As you might imagine, we have much more on the Canyon and will be doing future posts as part of our National Park series. For now, we will provide snippets of our journey as we move along.
60 thoughts on “What Makes the Canyon Grand… Photos by Peggy Mekemson”
You are right, Curt, there isn’t a bad view there — even when you are in the picture. 🙂
Thanks, Ray… I think! 🙂
The Grand Canyon is pretty fantastic. I’ve been three times and it never gets old! 🙂
Agree totally, MB. I’ve backpacked into it several times, rafted through it, helicoptered into it with our son( he was a pilot here) and I’ve even taken the mules down. And I am always excited to come again! –Curt
We are just missing you two! In Salt Lake City wrapping up five weeks in Arizona and Utah, two of my favorite places.
Our’s too, Nancy. And sorry we missed you. Also, thanks for the very thoughtful letter you sent regarding Marshall. It was much appreciated. –Curt
Great photos! You are right, every view of the canyon is wonderfully scenic… almost always. A few years ago, we arrived at the canyon in time for early evening photos. The next morning – it was snowing and we could hardly see more than about 10 feet in front of us. Fortunately, we stop at the canyon every few years. It would have been much worse if this had been our first, and maybe only chance to see it.
We Come here often enough to see it in many different conditions as well, Margy. One of my favorite times is when it is covered with snow (not necessarily snowing, grin). –Curt
So amazing! Can’t wait to revisit with the boys in tow!
It would be fun to bring all of you here! Peggy and I were laughing when we recalled how we got you and Tony to set up the tent in the snow. 🙂 Bet we could pull the same thing with Ethan and Cody. –Curt
So glad that Peggy got top billing and even got her name in the title of this post! Well-deserved, Peggy. And not too shabby yourself, Curt. Great photos of one of our national treasures. You might have wished for a wide-angle lens with so much expanse to show. Loved this post and look forward to more to come.
Thanks, Rusha. Yes, it was time Peggy got top billing! 🙂 We never tire of returning to the Canyon. I’ll do another post on the Canyon (we had about 600 photos), in time. Today it is on to Walnut Canyon National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park. –Curt and Peg
Someday, we ought to sit down together so you can show me how to organize so many photos! I’ve got the same problems you have, but mine are helter skelter!
Laughing, Rusha. Apple organizes mine by date but I can also do them by category, which I have used only minimally. But thankfully they are all there by date— given the 90,000 we have! 🙂 –Curt
Wonderful memories. Those sunset shots are stunning.
It seems it wasn’t very long ago when you were traveling through the Southwest, Peggy. Glad to bring back some memories. I’ll bet we will be visiting more places you did. Thanks. –Curt
She is a good photographer. And she is beautiful. And she looks younger than you….. You are a lucky man, I suspect.
Hey, I robbed the cradle, what can I say. 🙂 Actually, Peggy is 7 years younger and is 69. Just a kid. And I am lucky, Cindy! –Curt
Great pictures. I remember finding Grand Canyon especially difficult to photograph on account of the scale!
There is nothing like being there, Andrew. The canyon is difficult to photograph. Early morning and late afternoon help. Thanks. –Curt
You are right Curt, Peggy’s last photo of the collection is sheer magic.
In fact, this world famoused canyon is stunning and can silence us so
we really can feel the awe of nature.
I had a dream of travelling there and studied various trips and approaches.
Just to see some in reality. Instead I take the opportunity to see through
Peggy’s and your eyes.
Beautiful post !
Thanks, Miriam. The Canyon is indeed awe-inspiring. Phots never quite catch the reality of being there. Just hanging out on the rim, like we did this time, is a treat. But we have also seen t few weeks beneath the rim backpacking and running the river on rafts. –Curt
Looks like the weather couldn’t have been kinder or is it always the same there? Gorgeous colours and captures.
Thanks, AC. Yes, the weather gods cooperated with us, but they usually cooperate at the Canyon. There is plenty of summer heat and often winter snow, however. –Curt
Outstanding photos from of you!! Between the colors and unique structure of the canyon, I would think you would have tons of angels for spectacular images. I especially like the one you took while crouched down.
I also notice that Peggy has made certain to get you to put back on the weight you lost during your trek!!
Only about 10 pounds, G. 🙂 She thought I looked like an escapee from a concentration camp! I still weigh less than any time since I got off my bike after the 10,000 mile bike trip in 1989 when I met her. Anywhere you look at the Canyon is a photo-op waiting to happen. Thanks. –Curt
We saw you pulling out of the Barnes & Noble in Medford last week (you’re van is hard to miss). Now we know where you were going. 🙂 Wonderful photos!
Laughing. Yes, we were picking up the latest Good Sam camping book before hitting the road. Thanks. Lots more to come. –Curt and Peg
So many great adventures and memories you have from the Canyon! It is Grand, indeed, and the sunset emphasizes that🙂
Have an amazing trip!
Thanks, Christie! And we hope to have more, 🙂
Such a sacred and wonderful place. Thank you (and Peggy) for sharing these images.
You are welcome, Sylvia. And well-said.
I’ve never been there, but Peggy’s photos — and yours — certainly are enticing. Despite the reading and photo-admiring I’ve done, I suspect the sheer scale of the place can be overwhelming. Still, as your photos show, there are details aplenty to bring home its complexity and beauty. Happy and safe travels!
I’ve experienced it in many ways over the years, Linda, including that one time on the back of a mule! My favorite approach is still with a backpack on, heading into some of the more remote areas. –Curt
The scale of the place is amazing. But it’s so big it’s harder to appreciate the details. Nice pictures, especially with the warm afternoon light.
One reason we like to add trees to our photos is that they provide perspective but also add detail, Dave. It’s incredibly difficult to capture the essence of the Canyon with a camera. You almost have to be there! –Curt
Wow! Curt, my soul soars as I look at your photos, read your posts! The grandeur of the landscape is awe-inspiring and with due reverence I study the images, imagining myself there. The last photo is outstanding, unearthly! I love the pics of you both, always smiling and looking happy and relaxed! Thank you so much for sharing … reminds me not to give up on my dream of seeing this for real one day. Finally, it must have been amazing for Peggy to travel down the Colorado River … double wow!😀😀
Peggy and I have always found the Southwest awe-inspiring, Annika. It draws us back over and over. The Canyon alone would be enough, but there is so much more. It’s hard not to be smiling in the midst of it all! 🙂
With our love of art, you might be interested to know we are now in Georgia O’Keefe country. We will be visiting her home in Abiquiu in a couple of hours and then heading over to Taos where she also hung out. Yesterday we were in Santa Fe where we visited the Georgia O’Keefe museum. Some fun! Thanks. –Curt and Peg
Wow! I’m smiling for your both! It sounds a fabulous trip and enjoy visitng her home and haunts! Perhaps seeing the inspiration behind her art. Have a wonderful weekend.
It was an incredible experience, Annika. I will of course do a post on it. We ended up in Taos today exploring her time here. One of the things we have done is to photograph many of the places and things she painted. –Curt
It’s unbelievable whether you see it for the first time or the 10th. Well they don’t call it Grand for nothing. Beautiful captures!
Thanks, Sue. Impossible not to love.– Curt and Peg
Fabulous photos Peggy! What a stunning place it is.
Thanks, Alison. –Peggy
Love the photos you are sharing. Very pretty place. I have been here twice both times in the winter. I would love to go in the fall. Looking forward to more of your trip.
Thanks, Kelly. We can never get too much of the Canyon! 🙂 Or the Southwest! Lots more coming, including today. –Curt
Great love it all.
I like the way your pictures and commentary bring the personal touch to this grand spectacle – almost a story dimension.
Thanks, Dave. It is one of the things that I try to do, since my blog is as much about writing as it is photography. Appreciated. –Curt
Another thought: ever regretted stepping backwards for a wider view? 😉
Laughing. Several people taking selfies had learned that is not a wise decision. Not that they have much time to regret it. Rode down on a mule once that was pissed at me, Dave. The trail was narrow and he walked as close to the edge as he could. 🙂
My, Curt, that sounds scary – not least because the mule seemed to know what would freak you out!
That mule was one nasty piece of work, Dave. 🙂
It’s been way too long since I’ve been to the Grand Canyon. Now that I’m all into my hiking challenges, maybe I’ll try the R2R2R hike! Or maybe I’ll just go and enjoy that incredible scenery without testing myself so ridiculously! (Beautiful photos by Peggy!)
I’ve hiked from rim to rim, Lexi, but done it over different trips. 🙂 Backpacking into the Canyon for a week or so is an incredible experience which I highly recommend. And Peggy says thank you! –Curt
The last during the Golden Hour makes it stunning. You should be glad a very capable photographer joirneys with you. 🙂❤
I’ll pass that on, Koji. Hopefully, she won’t get a swollen head. 🙂
Stunning, stunning photos Peggy! Thank you two for staying there through the sunset so we could watch the colours change with you. Spectacular. ❤
Thank you, Crystal! I was reminded of how special viewing a sunset can be with only minutes to experience the delight. Well worth the challenge of getting to the right spot at the right time….Hugs, Peggy