We wind our way along the southern rim, pulling over at every viewpoint.
The views are still spectacular but the campfire smells continue. We arrive at the Steel Visitor Center/Park Headquarters on the southern rim. I find out that a 5 mile stretch of the western rim is closed due to a 3-day-old wildfire. As of today, only 10% is contained. Jeff and I decide to drive through until we are stopped.
We make it past Rim Village to Discovery Point.
The over-look parking lot is filled with fire trucks, other important looking vehicles, other rubber-neckers and…
So, we turn around and retrace our steps. We now have time to revisit our favorite views.