Grand Canyon in the morning
July 15, 2013

Zion National Park        Bryce National Park
Lower Antelope Canyon        Monument Valley       Dinosaur Tracks
Historic Route 66        Boulder Dam Hotel        Hoover Dam

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Elk and nursing fawn - Grand Canyon National Park
Elk calf nursing across the street from El TOvar

Monday - day 5

Linda and I were up early on Monday morning so that we could take some photos in the early morning sun. When we came out of the hotel, there were still elk around. A mother was nursing a young elk, but it was farther away in some trees and still wasn't a great photo opportunity. 

The morning light did not impress me as much the evening light did, the night before. I took nearly as many photos of squirrels and chipmunks as I did of the canyon. I walked about a half mile east along the rim, but returned fairly soon as Linda's cold was still slowing her down. We returned to the room so she could get a little more sleep.

Grand Canyon sunrise
Early morning sun

Grand Canyon haze
The fog ads an interesting contrast in this photo and the next two

Grand Canyon early morning fog

Grand Canyon framed by trees

I'm not sure of the species here. It might be a variety of House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Cliff Chipmunk - Grand Canyon National Park
Cliff Chipmunk (Tamias dorsalis)

Grnad Canyon rock window
Natural window in the rock wall jutting into the canyon

Rock window and tree
Close up showing a tree on the far side of the window

Horn Creek granite - Grand Canyon Trail of Time
The Trail of Time along the south rim traces the geologic history of the canyon and provides examples of the kinds of
rock found in the canyon along with occasional sights lined up to show where the exposed rock can be seen.

Pinyon Jay - Grand Canyon National Park
Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus)

Rock Squirrel - Grand Canyon National Park
Rock Squirrel (Spermophilus variegatus)

Breakfast was not included with the meal, but the El Tovar Dining Room had been highly recommended for breakfast. We had a prime table next to a window and our waiter (Rob from Texas) joked with us a lot. The dishes were hearty, conventional and fairly expensive. Breakfast came to $70 for the four us. My steak and eggs was the most expensive dish at $16.95. I thought the best dishes were the bacon and the roasted breakfast potatoes.

El Tovar Dining Room - Grand Canyon National Park
El Tovar Dining Room

The view from our table in the El Tovar Dining Room

El Tovar omelet breakfast
Build your own omelet ($10.75)

While checking out of El Tovar, I was told that the tax rate had dropped 1% and we had a credit of about $4.50. I could have it credited back to my account or donated to the National Park. I said to go ahead and give it to the park.

But when I received my credit card statement, the charges for El Tovar did not appear until the day we were there. I do not understand why the charge was wrong to begin with. 

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