First of all let me say...for those of you living in the U.S. and are 62 years of age and over.....go to the closest National Park and buy a Golden Age Passport for $10. It's a lifetime pass and can be used for discounts or in the case of the Grand Canyon, the price for us was FREE. At several campgrounds we simply filled in the Golden Age Pass number on the little envelope and our campsite was half price. A real deal for seniors.
We entered at the South Rim entrance and almost immediately were treated to some of the most beautiful sights. We parked first at Mather Point where we took pictures and visited the Visitor Center. We knew our visit wouldn't be very long, as it was extremely cold and windy right from the beginning. We even encountered snow flakes at several of the viewing points. The canyon at times was completely obscured by clouds and at other times was partly cloudy and sunny. The dark clouds in the distance were very ominous and were slowly moving closer. We literally went from vista point to vista point admiring the views, snapping pictures and then ducking back into the cab of the truck to warm up. The weather conditions were not what we had hoped for but it did not take away the pleasure of seeing the magnificent views. The Grand Canyon is truly grand and we just saw a little corner of it.
When we left the park, we stopped at several Navajo craft stands, admiring the jewelry, pottery and other craft items. At one stand there was a sweet lady doing some bead work and her hands were so cold, they were nearly purple. They were all freezing too. I bought one little pot...I would have preferred a bigger one and more than one but I live in an already packed mobile home. The little pot is only 2 1/2 inches high and cost $15. But the detail work around the sides is so pretty and of course it's been glazed, so has a nice shiny finish. The artists all sign their ceramic items...my pot was made by M. Grey and then it says "Navajo" under the name. And I bought one silver necklace....that I absolutely love. It was only $7 and I wish now I would have bought several of them. The style I bought was also available with many other colors of beads.
About 25 miles from Flagstaff those black clouds finally opened up and a heavy rain started. It absolutely poured...I thought for a minute we were back home in Washington. Just outside of Flagstaff it turned to snow, and by the time we got into town it was really coming down (and sideways since the wind was blowing). We spied an Outback up ahead of us, so went off the freeway, figuring if we stopped to eat..the snow would diminish while we were in the restaurant......no such luck. When we came out of the Outback, it snowing even harder. Bob ran to the truck and came & picked me up at the front door and I told him, that he'd forgotten to turn the headlights on. He reminded me that the headlights come on automatically when the engine is running. So he stopped and got out and looked...the headlights were totally packed with snow. He cleaned them off and we continued on. Being an avid skier, he has driven in many snow storms getting to the mountains. He said the drive from Flagstaff down out of the snow, on a scale of 1-10...10 being unable to see past your nose....the visibility this night was at least a 7. Here we were in the dark, on an unfamiliar highway, in blinding snow, big semi's roaring by us...it was darn scary. Finally about 40 miles south of Flagstaff we were out of the snow and parked safely for the night in a rest area.
Until next time..........Linda