Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 5-6: Four Corners and the Grand Canyon

I just realized that I'm never going to finish this if I don't hurry it up a bit. Here are massive amounts of photos, with a few words to tie them together.

This is actually the evening at Great Sand Dunes--but I'm pretty sure it was near or after midnight, so we'll just stick them into this post. I am grinning maniacally because I'm doing three of my favorite activities all at once. 1. Camping 2. Cooking 3. Drinking and I'm doing them all with my best friend--this is what its all about, right?

Chopping a variety of vegetables...

Master firebuilder, in repose.

Rabbit food always tastes better over fire--veggies tossed with oil, salt, pepper and thyme.

Potatoes with oil and cajun seasoning--this is the time I don't mind all the extra salt.

Next day, we stopped at the Four Corners--here is me hovering above Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Thank you GPS for more gorgeous backroads...

We decided to stay on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, as it is more remote and (I think) more beautiful. You have to drive for a couple hours through the middle of nowhere, though, to get there. The scenery is amazing throughout and shockingly enough, NPR signal stayed strong even though our cell phones were useless.

We stayed in Kaibab National Forest and even managed to get a (blurry) picture of the Kaibab squirrel--look at his ears!!!

This guy had on skin tight white leggings and moon boots. It could be super high could be too many days in the hot desert sun...

After hiking all morning, we came back to the campsite and read. A few miles hiking into the canyon is a breeze, but coming back up? Sheesh. It took hours, and I'm not even exaggerating.

Oh yeah, we get to cook again :D

I have a superior s'mores technique, developed after years of bonfires and camping with my family. Check the melted chocolate....

Happy 30th Birthday, Tavo!! Here is to many more.


Marjie said...

Happy Birthday, Tavo!

I remember going to the 4 corners when I was 9. I won't confess how many years ago that was. It wasn't all done up like in your pictures, but I was thrilled to stand in 4 states at once. I guess bookish brains think alike.

michael said...

Tourists are now going to the north rim because the south rim is crowded most of the year. The views are also breath-taking but I still prefer the south rim.
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Jenn said...

Maybe it's just me but that squirrel looks a little scary. I guess it's the moment when you took the picture. Thanks for sharing them with us. It's lovely to see the landscapes of the country. Really beautiful!!

girlichef said...

Gorgeous! I've always wanted to go to the four cool. And you're right, rabbit food does taste better over fire ;)