We had a cosy night in our tent last night. It turns out that the "twin" air mattress we borrowed was not as large as we thought! Having said that it was a good night, and we both got a bit of sleep. Nadia handled it all quite well, until a very loud howl peeled through the campsite late at night. That was not what she needed on her first night camping!
After a very quick brekky, we headed to the Bright Angle Trail into the Grand Canyon to see exactly how hard a full hike would be. We weren't disappointed, we went into the Canyon about 2km and that was enough for today. We learned a few things about any attempt at a longer hike: Start early; wear very comfy clothes, don't expect it to be easy.
After that we headed out of the Canyon National Park and into Williams, about an hour away. Our first stop was Bearizona, a wildlife park and zoo. The park has two main components; a drive through wildlife park, and a walkthrough zoo. The drive through component included enclosures Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Wolves, and of course Black Bears. We got some great photos of some amazing animals from the comfort and safety of our car!
The walkthrough included some really cute animals, including Porcupines (who knew they climbed trees!), Raccoons, Beavers, Bobcat and some amazingly cute baby Black Bears. The photos we have attached are just tiny taste of the pictures we took of these playful animals. We could have spent all day watching them.
Finally the zoo puts on a predator bird show three times a day and we were just in time for one of them. The show included Owls, Falcons, and Hawks, which were all very pretty. Bearizona sound dodgy, but it was a really amazing zoo, with plenty of opportunities to get up close with the animals.
We then took a walk through Williams, an historic little town at the end of route 66.
We ended the day with a picnic at the rim of the Canyon watching the sun set.