From South rim Grand Canyon April 2014

 The Grand Canyon was spectacular, even during Easter week when it was seriously crowded. There were lines for the shuttle busses and touri were packed in like sardines. Kids were crying, parents were shouting and everyone seemed doused in some kind of fragrance or another. Thankfully, we were able to get a

 "limited mobility" pass and avoid the shuttles all together. I'm pretty sure being packed in with all those kids and fragrances would have nearly killed me. As it was, with every stop we made to view the canyon, there were hoards of people smelling up the air. We tried to stay upwind of them, but it was difficult in some spots. The chemicals they use on their clothes and skin are potent. It nearly ruined the experience for me. I guess they are all just used to it. I am not. At least the view was incredible, even if I had to hold my breath.

We found camping on BLM land just about 10 miles or so outside the park. It was quiet and there was a facility with a bathroom just up the dirt road. We moved to a different, more secluded spot for the weekend. There were people camped everywhere and others were looking. We got our spot just in time.

A few days later, we arrived at Zion. Even the drive in was incredibly beautiful. It was surreal, like a movie setting.

From zion national park

From zion national park

The park was full, but we asked if there were any campsites available at the park and we got lucky! Someone had canceled and we ended up with a great site with electricity for 2 nights.

From zion national park

What luxury! We moved to the other camp ground after that. No reservations needed, so we had to get there early and wait for people to leave. No eclectricity, but still nice. Who needs hook-ups when you have a solar panel?  

We did some short hikes and each one was a little different. On one of them, we came across a tarantula who had killed a scorpion and was dragging back to it's lair. It was fascinatingly creepy and unusual to see them out during the day. We just got lucky. 

From zion national park

 

From zion national park

Overall, it was a glorious experience to do both parks in succession, but if I had to choose between the 2 parks, I would pick Zion. It should be on everyone's bucket list. 

 
 
 
 
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