The drive from Flagstaff to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was a dream. After being so concerned about the problems with Otto, driving him up the mountains with no problems and little decrease in speed was an awesome feeling. We said that whenever we see a motorhome poking its way up a hill from now on, we will tell them to head to the service center and get their filters checked. What a difference!
The most popular spot to view the Grand Canyon is the south rim which is only about 60 miles from Flagstaff. But we had been to the south rim by train about 8 years ago and wanted to see the less visited north rim. We arrived at a campground in the National Forest outside the park and spent our 2nd night in a row dry camping (no hookups for power, water, or sewer); also no TV. We do have a generator so have power to heat our water from our holding tank, work our lights and heat and microwave. The refrigerator runs on propane if there is no electricity as does our cooktop so that is not a problem.
So in the morning we headed out to travel the 45 miles to the canyon. It could not have been a more beautiful day without a cloud in the sky, and the drive over was just magnificent as the aspens had all changed color. While the south rim of the canyon is desert, the north rim is about 2000 feet higher in elevation and surrounded by forest. The bright yellow of their leaves on the aspens against the dark green of the pines and the blue of the sky almost put the wonder of the canyon into second place, but not quite. The day was a real treat after the hazards of the last few days; I have attached some pictures, but its one of those things where you kind of have to be there to appreciate it.