Alaskan Trip Journal

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Starting Location: Las Vegas, NV

Destination: De Motte Campground, Kaibab National Forest (AZ)

Trip Description: We began another hot driving day by heading north on I-15. The highway segment between the NV-UT border and St. George, Utah is very scenic. There are red rock mesas and ragged mountains. After reaching St. George, we left the interstate and navigated south to the Grand Canyon. It is a long climb from the St. George area to the North Rim. Once we reached 5000 feet above sea level, it began to cool down considerably. The north rim is at an elevation of over 8000 feet. Temperatures are in the 80's with a breeze. We walked the trail to Bright Angel Point. There were quite a few people there, but it wasn't crowded. According to NPS statistics, only 10% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon go to the North Rim. I would definitely suggest this over the South Rim.

After taking pictures at the Grand Canyon, we retraced our path back through Kaibab National Forest. There are 2 campgrounds along the road. We were lucky to get the last spot in the campground. We relaxed for awhile, then built a campfire. I cooked some quesadillas, hot dogs, and a BocaŽ Burger over the fire. We also had some yogurt. We're not going to bed hungry tonight!


Actually, we are leaving Las Vegas.

Welcome to Arizona!  temperature 100+

Heading toward the North Rim

taking in the view

Joe and Laura at Bright Angel Point

Grand Canyon NP (North Rim)

adding fuel to the fire