After visiting the Valley of Fire State Park an year ago on bright sunny day, I got to visit it again on rainy day and I must confess it wasn't so bad as I had imagined.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Monday, December 09, 2013
While I was in Las Vegas with a plan of going to Grand Canyon the following day, I saw the weather in Grand Canyon and I seriously contemplated if I had change the plans. It was a max of 4 and min of -7 degrees centigrade, overcast and snow. But then if I change the plans, it was too much hassle to cancel and rebook the hotels, so I just decided to go. We reached late and stayed in Best Western Premier at Tusayan, AZ which is just a few miles away from the south rim entrance gate. We had a heavy breakfast at the hotel and entered the Grand Canyon and I felt I would have been the biggest loser if I had decided not to go due to weather. It was overcast but was beautified by snow and later in the afternoon the warm golden sunlight and dramatic fleecy clouds created a sublime scene. I couldn't believe it was the same Grand Canyon which didn't impress me so much during the previous year during which I had hiked down South Kaibab trail all the way to Phantom Ranch and hiked up Bright Angel trail. This time we didn't hike, we just parked our car at visitor center and took shuttle to get around the rim, this map in particular is very helpful if you plan to take shuttle. We had to skip many of the vista points since the clouds had completely obscured the valley nevertheless it was a great idea to take the shuttle. Lesson I learned by this trip: don't let the weather change the plans!