Feeling like a quick vacation weekend, but without much of a plan in mind, Kelsey and I headed to the Back Country office to see what campsites may be available the coming weekend in the Grand Canyon National Park. Soon finding out that most back country sites were full, there was one single night available at "Cape Final", on the North Rim. We quickly began packing in preparation for the following morning's drive and hike to the campsite.
The following morning we hit the road and headed for the trailhead on the North Rim, not without of course hitting a few back roads and exploring on the way (and getting some mud on the tires, windows... and maybe even the roof top tent).
Now, Kelsey and I have both been to the North Rim before, but neither of us had hiked out to Cape Final to witness the views from this point. We had heard great things however, and didn't expect to be disappointed. After our hike out to the point, we came upon our site which was quite literally on the edge (5ft) of the Grand Canyon, we dropped our packs, setup the tent and began to explore "our private overlook" (well, it was ours for the night anyways). When I can, I try to explore the area prior to attempting to get "the shot". While walking the edge of the overlook I quickly found where I wanted to be for sunset that evening.
I was in awe when it happened... With the expansive Grand Canyon below, the sun setting in the West, moon rising in the East and clouds lighting up in the sky above all at once, I new this was "The Shot" I'd been hoping for.
Cape Final, Grand Canyon National Park.