After taking in the views, we headed on towards the Grand Canyon Village area to visit the old hotels and studios along the rim there. Lookout Studio below, built in the early 1900's, is a favorite viewpoint.
Once inside the studio, the views out of the old windows were breathtaking. On the lower level of the building, they had an exhibit which seemed especially poignant given the current financial implosion of the last few weeks. "It Saved My Life" described the Great Depression years and the role that FDR's Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) played in providing jobs and a new life for hungry jobless Americans. The display just really hit home and made me wonder if current economic conditions in the U.S. will again lead to this type of devastation. Actually, a lot of the financial statistics listed in the write-up looked extremely familiar.
The cases above contain some CCC memorabilia. Mess kits, books, banners, etc... The Conservation Corp built many of the stone structures, trails, and park facilities not only in the Grand Canyon, but also around the United States. The corp gave a lot of destitute people a new purpose (not to mention food!) during the 1930's.
We took a little hike down the Bright Angel Trail, which was also built by the CCC during the Depression era. The views once you drop below rim level are outstanding.
Back up on top, we strolled along the walkway toward the hotels to have a look in the lobbies of Bright Angel and El Tovar Lodges. The little cabins below are located right along the rim walkway. Not a good place for sleepwalkers to stay since the drop is right outside your door, but I'll check this out for any future trips. The view from the room would be unbelievable!
We walked into Bright Angel lobby to have a look at the historic structure. The lobby's log walls are highlighted by Indian art and moose and elk heads.
Craig in front of Hopi House.
El Tovar Lodge Sign
At this point, the light was dimming without a sensational sunset and the lodge restaurants were packed, so we decided to head back to Tusayan to watch the Palin/Biden debate on television. Back to ugly reality? We stopped at Pizza Hut and grabbed a supreme to eat in the room.
Stay tuned because Craig drags me on a hike tomorrow!