Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Grand Canyon, North Rim- October 1, 2012

On this day we left Glendale, Utah and drove the motorhome a short distance of 64 miles to Jacob Lake, Arizona.  We had a private campground in mind but when we arrived in the area the first campground we came to was Kaibab National Forest Jacob Lake campground which was right along highway US 89A.   So we decided to stay here for the night.  There was no hook-ups but for $8.50(actually the rate was $17.00/night but our Senior Park pass gave us 1/2 rate) we weren’t complaining.
So after getting set up and eating an early lunch we were off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon which was about 45 miles away.  Arriving at the Visitor’s Center/Lodge area we got our first views of the Canyon on this north side.  We have been to the south rim twice before.  This north rim is a higher altitude than the south rim and has harsher winters necessitating the closing of this section of the Grand Canyon about the middle of October.  We took the trail out to the Bright Angel Point.  Unfortunately, the smog was fairly heavy hanging in the Canyon.  We, then, drove a road eastward that had several areas for viewing the canyon.  Much of the drive was through pine and aspen forested regions.  The aspen trees are just beautiful at this time of the year with the leaves turning a bright shade of yellow that the sun seems to reflect off.  We saw several deer in the meadows along the way.
Returning to Jacob Lake later in the evening we stopped at the only restaurant in the vicinity at the Jacob Lake Lodge.  We were pleasantly surprised with our meals.  Tom had a breaded pork chop topped with crisp fried onions with baked potato, salad and zucchini.  I had a chicken breast topped with a portabella mushroom, walnuts and dried cranberries in a very tasty sauce along with the salad, baked potato and zucchini.  Tom and I shared a dessert of a slice of coconut custard pie in which the custard was a homemade cornstarch custard.  A really memorable meal in a very positive way.