Ranger Lori, Driving to The North Rim, and Kaibab Boondocking

16 06 2011

Our last couple of days at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim were wonderful. We befriended Ranger Lori Rome, joining her and her cousin – on Lori’s day off – for a hike and dinner. Later that night we even snagged a free parking spot in the staff area of the park in the driveway of one of Lori’s friends.

With Lori, Soap, and Salt

With Lori, Soap, and Salt

We Felt So Important Driving Past This Sign (Just Kidding, But It Was Cool)

We Felt So Important Driving Past This Sign (Just Kidding, But It Was Cool)

Her dogs Soap and Salt have a story of their own. They were rescued by rafters making their way down the Colorado River and were brought to Phantom Ranch, where Lori adopted the dogs and the National Parks Service gave the two dogs the ride of their life: an eight-minute helicopter ride to the rim.

Sign At A Gas Station On The Drive Up (Ayo Didn't Like Posting Their Last Names, So We Took Them Out)

Sign At A Gas Station On The Drive Up (Ayo Didn't Like Posting Their Last Names, So We Took Them Out)

The following day we said our goodbyes and headed out toward the North Rim, stopping at Desert View where we were recognized by one of our readers(!). The 215 mile drive to the North Rim was partly boring and partly visually stunning, particularly the last 100 miles or so when we drove alongside gorgeous mountains, petrified sand dunes, and the Vermillon Cliffs. (I can’t forget our stop for a Navajo Taco on the way.)

Vermillon Cliffs

Vermillon Cliffs

After picking up some AWESOME cookies at the Jacob Lake Inn, we overnighted in Jacob Lake (pop. 559) and then ventured off toward what we heard was a sweet boondocking spot in Kaibab National Forest.

Our Site

Our Site

And sweet it was. We parked about ten feet from an overlook that gave us an expansive view of the “East Rim” (really Marble Canyon). The Forest Service road that we took to the site was nicely graded and well-maintained, and we met a cool group of trail maintenance volunteers who were traveling part of the Arizona Trail on horseback.

One View From Our Site

One View From Our Site

The Canyon We Overlooked

The Canyon We Overlooked

We’re now at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, which to me is perhaps nicer than the South Rim. It’s much quieter, has a dump station and free wifi, and the Lodge provides comfy couches to sink into while taking in the view of the big, big hole. Here today, maybe tomorrow. We’ll see.

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3 responses

16 06 2011
libertatemamo

GORGEOUS! And I’m very impressed you guys were recognized…new celebrity RVers I see! If you’re willing to share what FS road are you on there?
Nina

16 06 2011
jayhorowitz

Oh, for sure! It was FS 610 off of SR-67, right after the general store and Demotte Campground. Follow the signs for East Rim View then continue down the road another 2 miles or so. There are at least four or five sites with SICK views right on the rim.

25 06 2011
Brooke (siayla)

WOW ! We missed out on those spots! We had line on the North rim site but the North rim was still closed when we were there. Just catching up on your blog. I don’t have much time on the internet except to barely get my posts done while traveling. This morning everyone is sleeping in so it’s nice to have some time to read 🙂

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