Kanab, UT: Coral Pink Dunes and the Grand Canyon North Rim

From 8/18 to 8/22, we were in Kanab, Utah, which was our base for exploring the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

We had not originally planned to stay four nights, but a wheel popped off our Jeep while we were towing it and we (apparently) dragged it for about five miles before some kind fellow travelers flagged us down.  A call to AAA later and we and our Jeep were in Kanab.

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Tigger on the tow truck

On our first day in Kanab, Utah, we wandered out to Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park, which we also discovered sort of by accident.

The next morning, we headed out to to North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The North Rim is the least visited area of the Canyon, and we were there with a few dozen other tourists.

Grand Canyon: truly mind-blowing.

On the way out of the park, we ran into a pretty impressive bison traffic jam.  A herd decided they were moving from one side of the road to another, so there was not much to do but sit and wait.  They were in no hurry – at one point a calf was nursing in the middle of the road.  It was dinner time, after all.

 

We added a new member of our traveling family, the Kaibab Squirrel.  Kai, as we call her, is a black and white squirrel found only in the North Rim area of the Grand Canyon. She joined us at the North Rim Visitors center and now keeps Jackie Lope company on our dash.  On our drive back home that night, we saw a real Kaibab squirrel, a rare sighting!

After a couple of unplanned extra days in Kanab, Tigger the Jeep was fixed, and after a four-digit repair bill, we were back on the road.  Ultimately we were just grateful to have had only one major disaster in our 5,000 miles.

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