Day 3 (Grand Canyon)
Having heard that sunrise at the Grand Canyon was a legendary photo opportunity, I got myself out of bed at 5am (everyone else kept on sleeping) and I hiked about 30 minutes through the forest to the rim of the Grand Canyon to see it at sunrise.
The wild part of this story is that it was dark, it was cold (probably in the high 30's), there was some snow on the ground and I didn't really know where I was going.
The only transportation we had was the motor home and I couldn't really drive it without waking everyone up. They do have shuttles, but they don't run very often at that time of the morning and I was worried I would miss the sunrise if the shuttle timing wasn't perfect.
I had a crude map that showed a few park roads and a few observation points on the rim, but the roads weren't very direct and I didn't have time to walk the roads. So, I headed off through the forest in the direction of the canyon figuring as long as I didn't go in circles, I couldn't miss the canyon. Fortunately, there were a few stars out in the dark so I could make sure I was going a consistent direction and it was starting to get light.
I did find the canyon about 30 minutes before sunrise, but realized that I wasn't at the location on the rim where I wanted to be. A jog along the rim trail with all my camera equipment got me to a nice lookout point before the sun actually came up.
This is one photo as first light is just starting to hit the rim of the canyon. The spot I was located in wasn't as spectular as I was hoping for, but it was still a fun adventure.