We will continue to report on the tour on Wednesday, March 3rd.
The final day of the third day begins at Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley.
I have reported on Monument Valley before, but the tourist spots are still closed due to restrictions on activities in the Navajo settlement.
Since there is no access to the valley of Monument Valley, few tourists visit here and it is quiet.
You may now be able to experience the tranquil world of a time-slip in the days before it was known as the location of Hollywood movies.
I will post seasonal photos of Monument Valley from my guide.
Monument Valley dyed in the setting sun.
Monument Valley where the rising sun rises.
Forrest Gump Point.
On Tuesday, March 2nd, I will post a photo of the beautiful Asahi of the Grand Canyon from the guide who is on tour yesterday.
The early morning chill is still severe and the temperature is -5 ° C.
However, in a clear, cloudless sky, watching the sun slowly shine into the Grand Canyon valley as the sun rises makes me feel fine, forgetting all the unpleasant things.
Since the east exit of the Grand Canyon National Park is still closed, it will take about an hour and a half to move to Monument Valley after this.
The participants this time are a couple living in New York, but they are enjoying their time alone.
On Monday, March 1st, we held a tour of 2 nights and 3 days.
Today on the first day was sightseeing in Sedona and watching the sunset in the Grand Canyon.
The weather is good and the guide has sent me pictures of the sunset in the Grand Canyon and Sedona, so I will post them.
On Saturday, February 27th, we held a one-day sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon today.
This time, it ’s not a teddy bear, but a real person (laughs).
The customer lives in California and is stationed by a Japanese company, so he visited the Grand Canyon before returning to Japan by the end of the year.
More than two months have passed since vaccination in the United States began, the number of infected people has dropped sharply, and the restrictions on behavior in each state have been relaxed, so I feel that the demand for tourism in the country is increasing.
As for the Grand Canyon, many people can feel it from last year even in the corona vortex.
I went to the Grand Canyon on February 24th.
"I'm going on a graduation trip for you!"
On behalf of the four participants at the second event of
I took four teddy bears.
It was a big difference from two weeks ago and the weather was nice and cheerful.
A snapshot of the teddy bear that will please the participants with the guide in charge,
I've taken a lot of pictures, saying that it's not like that.
"Cute!" From an American tourist passing by
I asked a lot of people to say, "What kind of shooting?"
I was deeply moved when I explained the contents of the project.
It may be a long time before we can guide tourists to real people, but we believe that there are still things we can do to entertain and impress our customers.
I'm looking forward to showing the photos to the participants at tomorrow's ZOOM!
I will post my experience of camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon from February 16th for 2 nights and 3 days. (Part 3)
February 18 (3rd day)
The campsite at the bottom of the valley was quite cold this morning as well.
Adam had begun preparing breakfast when it was still dim outside, so I decided to keep out of the cold and get out of my sleeping bag.
Today is finally the day of mountain climbing. The plan is to climb the Bright Angel Trail, which is different from the day before yesterday, in 8 hours with a break.
After breakfast, I cleaned up my tent and left the campsite at 8:40. In the first half, we will gradually increase the altitude while watching the Colorado River.
The weather was fine on that day, and even an hour after I started walking, the shade became less, and even a single shirt didn't bother me about the cold. It was scary to imagine that this was summer.
Three and a half hours after departure, we arrived at the Indian Garden at the middle point.
So I took a break for about an hour while having lunch slowly.
Departure for the summit at 1:00 pm.
The distance is not much different from the campsite to the Indian Garden, but the height difference is nearly double in the latter half, so it is physically tight.
First, aim for a 3-mile rest house. I climbed sedimentary rocks from 300 to 500 million years ago for a while, but if I look carefully at the surrounding rocks, I can see fossils of trilobites and ammonites.
Shortly before the 3-mile rest house, the trail began to be covered with snow.
Take a break and aim for the next 1.5 mile rest house.
From here to the summit, the switchback that is not exposed to the sun keeps climbing. The temperature dropped sharply and the snow that had fallen a few days ago was frozen and I almost slipped and fell.
When you reach the 1.5 mile rest house, you can see the summit quite close. At the same time, the traffic volume of people increases and we pass each other many times with tourists who enjoy simple experience hiking.
Goal at 5 pm!
I was very happy to see the Bright Angel Lodge, which I should be familiar with, only today.
At the same time, a tremendous sense of accomplishment was born. (end)
I will post my experience of camping in the valley bottom of the Grand Canyon from February 16th for 2 nights and 3 days. (Part 2)
February 17 (2nd day)
The dawn at the bottom of the Grand Canyon was late and it was still dark at 7 o'clock.
It is usually said that the temperature at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is about the same as in Las Vegas, but on this day the entire Grand Canyon was cold and the lowest temperature was -14 ° C above the valley, even at the bottom of the valley we spent the night-2. The temperature was so high that the water in the bottle in the tent was a little frozen.
When I arrived at the campsite last night, it was already dark and I couldn't see anything, but when I got up and got out of the tent, the scenery I saw was amazing.
After breakfast, we aimed for "Ribbon Falls".
It is about 10 kilometers one way on the No Sky Bab Trail, which leads to the Noslim in the Grand Canyon. Unlike yesterday, we will follow a relatively flat road along the Bright Angel Creek (river) through the canyon. I almost forgot that I was in a dry desert area while hiking with the sound of the river flowing as background music from beginning to end.
After walking for about two and a half hours while taking pictures, we arrived at Ribbon Falls.
The place where the water flows down is covered with moss and aquatic plants, and when the sun hits it, it glows green, and I felt that it was emitting a fantastic and mysterious power.
We had lunch slowly while enjoying the scenery of the waterfall, and set out on the way back to the campsite.
On the way, I stopped by at the phantom lunch (inn) in front of the campsite to buy some commemorative souvenirs, but it was said that facilities other than the inn were not open due to the influence of Corona. Phantom Ranch is the only inn in the Grand Canyon and the most unreserved accommodation, but at this Corona Pass, you can't even eat the famous steak dinner just by staying at the inn.
I still had some fatigue from the previous day, so the day's activities ended with a hike to Ribbon Falls and a view of the Colorado River near the campsite. (Continue)
I will post my experience of camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon from February 16th for 2 nights and 3 days.
February 16 (1st day)
Start descending from the South Kaibab Trail around noon in a temperature of -1 ° C.
The members are four uncles in their thirties, forties, and fifties. One of them is Adam, our Japanese mountain guide, who is one of the licensed guides with less than 100 people in the Grand Canyon.
This time we stayed at the campsite at the bottom of the valley for 2 nights, so we carried tents, sleeping bags, water and clothes on our backs, but we were unfamiliar with luggage of around 12 kg, and Adam was fluffy for 3 days' worth of food. He was able to carry more than 30 kg of luggage such as tools.
About 10 cm of snow had accumulated on the trail over the weekend, and the condition continued to the top third. Slowly descend for about 45 minutes so as not to slip and arrive at Wool Point.
I went down the mountain for another 2 hours and arrived at Skeleton Point. At this point, the snow at my feet has disappeared, and when I look up, I can recognize that it has fallen considerably. At this point, it was a little less than half down to the campsite.
After another hour and a half, we arrived at The Tip Off. It is two-thirds down from the top. You can clearly hear the sound of the Colorado River at the bottom of the valley.
It was dark when I arrived at the Bright Angel campsite (near Phantom Ranch) in Goal after a little less than two hours of descent with my last power, and for the last 30 minutes I walked by relying on the light of a pitch-black flashlight. It was.
There is a flush toilet in the campsite, but for the past few days, I had to carry about 15 liters of river water into a bucket and flush it every time I excreted because I couldn't use the water due to the construction of the water pipe.
The long-awaited camping meal by setting up each tent in the dark!
Bonfires are banned in most national parks in the United States, so cooking can only be done in boiling water at this camp. Honestly, I didn't expect much of the instant foods sold in the US, but this camping meal was surprisingly delicious.
I toasted with beer and soaked in the sense of accomplishment of the day, and when I looked up, there was a starry sky that I had never seen before.
The walking distance on the first day is about 12 km and the height difference is about 1500 meters. I walked from the top to the bottom of the valley for about 7 hours including a break.
This is the end of the first day of the first backpacking IN Grand Canyon. (Continue)
On February 13th, we held a one-day sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon.
That said, all participants are teddy bears.
A new project for new members of society who were supposed to come to the Grand Canyon on their graduation trip, and a teddy bear will take part in the tour on their behalf.
Customers will see the trip on ZOOM today (15th), and the teddy bears who went on the tour will be shipped to the customer with many souvenirs at a later date. Participants are also free to download snapshots of teddy bears at each spot.
Unfortunately, the weather in the Grand Canyon was snowy on this day.
Due to the snowstorm from the side, I could not see the scenery at all at the first Mather Point, but at the next Bright Angel, the clouds miraculously cleared and I could see the scenery to the bottom of the valley.
At Seligman (Route 66), the driving force behind the resurrection of Route 66 welcomed us and wrote a message card to all the participants.
It's usually in the middle of the graduation trip season.
I was supposed to guide a lot of young people to the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately that doesn't happen this year. However, if there are customers who are pleased with such a service, we will continue to do so.
Lastly, everyone who couldn't come to the Grand Canyon on their graduation trip
Please be sure to come visit us for revenge in the future! We'll be expecting you.
And congratulations on your graduation!
The other day, we held a tour to stay at Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley.
Monument Valley is a popular tourist destination within the indigenous Navajo settlement.
Antelope Canyon, which has been a hot topic in recent years, is also a tourist destination in the same Navajo settlement, but since March of last year, both tourist destinations are still closed because the corona infection situation in the Navajo settlement has not improved.
The Gouldings Lodge used on this tour is one of the few popular hotels where you can see Monument Valley from your room as shown in the photo. However, on this day, only a few rooms were used other than the three rooms we used, and the store was closed. Two days before I stayed at Gouldings Lodge, the hotel contacted me saying, "I have almost no business, so I will close the restaurant to reduce costs."
Actually, there are few places to eat in Monument Valley other than the hotel, and there are many shops that are not open in Corona, so I was chilled by the meal information. You can order meals from the hotel kitchen in advance, so you can take out and eat in your room.
I had the same tour in November and December last year and used the Gouldings Lodge, but it wasn't like this time. Now that the number of tourists has decreased further, the hotel seems to be struggling to reduce costs.
Even in the tourist destinations we visit as well as Monument Valley, there are places like Sedona and the Grand Canyon that are surprisingly crowded and often used by hotels.
The photos I post are the sunrise over Monument Valley from my room and Gooseneck State Park and Mexican Hat Rock near Monument Valley.
It snowed in Las Vegas the other day.
It rained and turned into snow where the temperature had been low for the past few days.
Normally, when it snows in Las Vegas, I'm worried about snowfall along the way of the Grand Circle tour,
Sadly, this winter doesn't seem to matter.
Normally, from this season to March, it is crowded with young people visiting the United States on graduation trips.
I feel sorry for the current university students when I heard that not only will I not be able to go abroad on a once-in-a-lifetime graduation trip this year, but the coming-of-age ceremony and graduation ceremony will also be canceled.
Can you do something commemorative for students who can't come to America for their graduation trip? !!
Happy New Year !!
The beginning of 2021 is the first sunrise tour to see in the Grand Canyon.
The first sunrise of this year was blessed with good weather and I was able to see the best sunrise.
Despite the temperature minus 7 degrees Celsius, more than 100 people gathered at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon to see the sunrise.
In the average year, more than 100 Japanese tourists visit, but this year we only had 3 people with us on our tour.
I can see the best sunrise and I have a feeling that 2021 will be a good year.
It snowed in the Grand Canyon last night.
It gets colder later than usual this year, and it was barely snowing until last night.
From last weekend (Christmas) to the end of the year, there will be several tours.
I will post a photo of the snowy Grand Canyon from the guide who went to the Grand Canyon today. A lot of people visited the Grand Canyon in bad weather, and it seems that it took more than an hour to enter the national park.
Today is the last day of the four consecutive holidays.
The guide who returned from the two-day tour sent me a photo of Zion National Park and Horseshoe Bend that I visited on this tour, so I will post it.
As you can see, the weather was good and the customers were satisfied.
In the first place, the number of visitors to the tourist destinations of the Grand Circle decreases due to the cold in winter, but as the number of people infected with corona in the United States does not decrease easily, many states restrict movement, so even during consecutive holidays. Regardless, it felt quiet everywhere.
In a sense, it would be convenient to be under this corona because there aren't many people around.