Craig's big road trip

Day 12 - Grand Canyon to Kayenta
The starting point
Day 1 - Seattle to Yakima
Day 2 - Yakima to Bend
Day 3 - Bend to Mt. Shasta
Day 4 - Mt. Shasta to Oakdale
Day 5 - Oakdale to Tehachapi
Yosemite National Park
Day 6 - Tehachapi to Las Vegas
Day 7-10 in Las Vegas
Day 11 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon N.P.
Day 12 - Grand Canyon to Kayenta
Day 13 - Monument Valley
Day 14 - Kayenta to Telluride
Day 15 - Telluride
Day 16 - Telluride to Glenwood Springs
Day 17 - Glenwood Springs to Idaho Springs
Day 18 - Idaho Springs to Golden
Day 19 - Golden to Amarillo
Day 20 - Amarillo to Tyler
Day 21 - Tyler to Lake Charles
Day 22 - Lake Charles to Waveland
Day 24 - Waveland to Pensacola
Day 25 - Pensacola to Gainesville
Day 26 - Gainesville to Titusville
Day 27 - Kennedy Space Center
Day 28 - Titusville to Clearwater
The finishing point

Saturday April 12, 2003.
I got up early to watch the sun rise over the Grand Canyon.  It was freezing cold at that high altitude, but I was determined to use my film cameras to capture such a grand view (I'd only used the digital camera so far on this trip).
With 20 kilograms of camera backpack and tripod, I hiked the quarter mile from my lodge to the rim, arriving just as the sun was breaking over the horizon.  Unfortunately the sun's light was diffused by a thin cloud cover to the east, so I couldn't get the warm morning light in the canyon as I was hoping.  Two and a half hours and seven rolls of film later, I packed up and went to the cafeteria for a warm breakfast.
I checked out of the lodge mid morning and proceeded to explore the view points along the canyon's south rim, eventually making my way out of the Grand Canyon National Park's east exit.  As I headed east along the south rim, the altitude got as high as 7,600 feet above sea level.  I vowed that on my next visit I'll hike down into the canyon to the river and stay overnight at the Phantom Ranch.  But keeping in mind the very high altitude of the rim, I'll be wise to spend a few days acclimatizing to the thin air and low humidity before making such a big hike.
I turned north across the Painted Desert on highway 89 and then east on highway 160 to Kayenta, which is in the heart of a Navajo Indian reservation, and near the entrance of Monument Valley Tribal Park.
The Arizona scenery from the Grand Canyon to highway 89 is quite 'other worldly'.  But then it gets hot and dry across the Painted Desert, and once on highway 160 east, the road is mostly straight all the way to the horizon, running parallel to the Santa Fe railway line.
I took in too much sun on my face today, both while walking around the Grand Canyon, and while driving with the window down.  I'll take a day off tomorrow so I can stay out of the sun for a while.
Distance driven today:  152 miles
Total driving distance for trip so far:  1980 miles

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