I was up a bit during the night working with the D-90, getting some time lapse sequences. It worked pretty good but later in the tirp I found some better ways to shoot…longer exposures and no Noise Reduction. This speeds up the sequence and prolongs battery life. I’m thinking about getting a DC adapter to run from the laptop station, I was only getting a couple hours worth out of the stock camera batteries. With the 10 ahr of the station it should be able to run all night…at least until the 399 pic limit of the Intervalometer.
I was up before dawn for a few pics and also got some of the sun just peeking over the horizon. After a few of these I went back to sleep for a bit. Tori and the pups slept through it all.
We had a casual Coffee infusion as the sun continued its journey higher into the sky. After we broke camp we had a short hike on the nearby mitten trail before heading off the the Grand Canyon.
We entered Grand Canyon NP from the eastern entrance and traded out some travel bugs in the last cache before the park. Once inside we made our way to Desert View. It was Tori’s first look at the canyon and she had a nice smile on her face. The Tower at Desert view is undergoing some renovations to fix some structural cracks that have appeared since it was built back in the 30’s. When I was here about 5 years ago I shot a ton of pics with my old Sony but unfortunately lost them all to a CF drive failure at the end of that trip…It was one of the saddest experiences ever. I have switched now to SSD’s so this should never happen again.
This time we camped in the Mather Campground, at first I was a little hesitant with the camping here, when I was here before we camped at Desert view, a much smaller campground. Desert View is also well away from the development along the main area on the south rim. I was pleasantly surprised by the privacy at Mather despite the 300+ sites the campground was spread out and had enough tree cover to provide a sense of not being in such a large “city in the woods”.
Tori and I did a little hiking tour on a few of the campground loops, we also did some hiking along the paved South Rim Trail by the visitor Center on our way out of the park. The visitor center is under going some upgrades as well. It was nice to see a spread of Solar panels there.