What trip to Arizona scenic wonders would be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon? We had never seen the north rim so we decided to include it. Since we made this decision late, we couldn't get reservations at the Grand Canyon North Rim campground, but we found that there were some national forest campgrounds in the area that were available. We got a spot in Jacob Lake campground and found that it was a really nice one. We were 40 miles north of the North Rim but any trip we made to the North Rim had to go right by Jacob Lake so we felt it was a good place to stay, and it was.
The North Rim is higher than the South Rim by about 1400 feet. The way the erosion occurred, the distance from the north rim to the Colorado River is about 7 miles while the distance from the south rim to the river is about 3 miles, so the south slopes are steeper. This gives a rather different feel to the canyon. You must judge for yourself which view, if either, you prefer.
On the way back, we decided to drive through the south rim and have lunch there. Fortunately, we had made sandwiches as the parking at the south rim visitor center was completely full, so we drove back out the entrance road and found a parking space for the Jeep and trailer at Pipe Creek Vista, so we had our lunch and a quick view of the Grand Canyon from both rims.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.