Happy fall! It’s slowly coming to Phoenix with cooler temps in the morning, and I am grateful! I love hearing from my readers, and I know some of you would never attempt last week’s bumpy 4-wheel trip, but I am glad to hear that you felt like you were there. I guess mom does a good job so I’ll keep her around (ha).
We’ve been on quite a few adventures lately, and I have several in the pipeline. You’ll just have to wait! Today, I’m still blogging about our Labor Day weekend trip up north. We stayed in Marble Canyon, and after our tour of the White Pocket, we decided to head further north to Jacob’s Lake.
Jacob’s Lake is a small community with restaurants, gift shop and gas station. It is the gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon – one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Aren’t we lucky to have that here in Arizona? Dad was shocked at gas prices: $4.98 a gallon. I’m not good with numbers, but by the look of his face, that wasn’t good. Be prepared to pay higher-than-normal rates due to the location and the fact that you have no other options.
Mom and dad enjoyed the gift shop for a bit, and I enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t being tossed to and fro. That 4-wheel drive to the White Pocket was bumpy indeed! You have to really want to see it. I liked it, but mom and I won’t need to see it again. Some things are a one-time shot.
Others, like the Grand Canyon, you have to see multiple times. I mean, this is THE Grand Canyon! I have only been to the south rim, so I was eager to explore. The drive is longer, making the North Rim a bit harder to get to for many folks. The road is paved, and it is quite pretty as you meander through grassy meadows where you know elk reside.
Before you go you need to know the North Rim is only open from May 15 to October 15 each year due to snow. The North Rim is much higher, coming in at 8,000 feet! From Jacob’s Lake, it is over an hour before you get to the actual entrance of the North Rim. They have raised the fee to $35 a vehicle or you can use your National Park pass, which is what we did.
Note: You will pass the Kaibab Lodge on your way, and we believe it is open during the winter months. It looks like a fantastic little getaway. We were going to check it out but ran out of time.
Right away, I noticed a calm energy about the North Rim, unlike the South Rim, which is chaotic! Because it is out of the way, less people make it up to the North Rim, and we loved that! It has a lodge, restaurant and gift shop along with some neat cabins for rent. I heard dad saying he wants to come back and stay here. The restaurant sits on a cliff overlooking the canyon. Whoa!
Dogs are welcome on most paths, but you will need to pay attention to the signs. A few are restricted. We took a really nice walk along the rim with no obstructed views of the canyon. Simply amazing and cool. Some clouds rolled in, and the temps dropped into the 50s. Yowsa! I was one happy dog with a bounce to my step.
We found a bench and sat under the shade of a tree. At the North Rim, you can actually sit and listen to nature. The South Rim is way too busy and noisy, but here, we felt the canyon. We watched as the colors changed as the sun started to lower.
Since this was added onto our already full day, we had to depart. I think we could have sat there for hours upon hours. Another time! The drive back to our hotel was about 1 ½ hours and went quickly. I’m glad daddy drives so I can snooze! Mom stays awake for daddy. She’s a good egg. They were still playing her favorite 80s tunes, so life was good.
I was missing my doggy bed that mom left at home, but I was so tired it didn’t matter. I plopped down onto my pathetic little cushion on the floor and zonked. Mom and dad cleaned up and woke me up for dinner at the Marble Canyon Lodge Inn Restaurant That’s the only thing that could wake me from my deep slumber: food!
Mom ordered some roast beast with potatoes and gave me a big portion. I earned it today. Awoof! The staff is super friendly, and all the food was good, especially for being in the middle of nowhere. They slow down during the winter but are still open.
Back to the room we went. Mom and dad didn’t even complain about the hard bed. I think they were tuckered out, too. It was a full day, but we saw some incredible places. Oh, the memories we have made together as a family in my 13 years. Yes, on Sunday, September 26, I turn 13! Here’s to many, more great adventures for us all!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!