Monday, March 28, 2011

Trip to Arizona: The Grand Canyon

Ethan's first National Park!
Today we left Sedona early in the morning, driving through Oak Creek Canyon to get to the Grand Canyon, Ethan's first National Park!  We stopped at the scenic overlook of Oak Creek Canyon for a few photos before continuing up past Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.

Oak Creek Canyon

Once we got to the Grand Canyon, we stopped for pictures in front of the entrance sign (of course!) where Ethan was as popular with the other tourists as wildlife!

They were excited as if they had seen a little bear cub!

We went to a few overlooks and then found a bench overlooking the rim for a quick picnic lunch before taking a few pictures and heading to the visitor's center for our passport stamps.

Patches of snow were still on the rim!

Another tourist admiring the "wildlife."

The view from Ethan's stroller
A PERFECT spot for lunch!

On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument to see the volcano and walk along the Lava Flow Trail accessible portion -- it was a really neat walk.  We had planned to go to Wupatki Indian Ruins and Walnut Canyon but by the time we finished with Sunset Crater it was already 5:00 and the other two sites were closed so we'll have to plan on seeing those some other time.

Cayne at Sunset Crater

Lava Flow

Ethan on the Lava Flow Trail

The San Francisco Peaks are in the background

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