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August 31, 2012
Tuesday night I barely slept a wink as I was so worried the alarm clock would not ring  Wednesday morning in time for us to get up; get dressed and get the car over to the shuttle we were to catch at 6:30 am. As it turns out it rang at 5:30 am!! So we were in lots of time to meet the Park Ranger who was to take us down into the canyon for a 3 mile hike. Oh my gosh. It was amazing and she explained so many interesting facts as well. Also, we were very lucky as we got to see a condor which is very rare. She left us in a very beautiful place and the group participants could return at their leisure. I loved talking to the many people we met on the venture! I said “hi” to everyone and usually got a reciprocal response. One young Asian man was heading down as we were heading back up, so of course I said hi.  We ended up having a great conversation with him and of course, photos. It was so exciting because he was from Xi’an where Trevor and I travelled last May. We loved Xi’an and I told him how we rode bikes around the old city wall etc..He was pleased! Anyways, what was so incredible was that he was travelling by himself and he was heading to the bottom of the canyon and crossing over to the North Rim!! All by himself! He said he thought it would take him 3 days. He was loaded with lots of water; food; clothing and a tent! I was astounded. Really..this was quite a dangerous and challenging goal. As the crow flies the North Rim is 10 miles away from the South Rim where we are. To drive, it is 215 miles around, but to cross it by foot? Wow! He certainly was brave as far as I was concerned!! Sure hope he makes it okay!!
The park advises you not to hike between 10 am and 4 pm because of the heat but many do. I loved the hiking part way more than just looking out over the rim like we did the day before. After lunch at the Canyon Cafe the boys headed back to the campsite for a “nap” but I had to keep exploring and found some more places to hike. I returned to the campsite about 5 pm and got the boys  to come with me to do some more exploring. We went down the Bright Angel Trail which is the most popular one. Stunning scenery when you  descend like that. Actually the warden told us in the morning that of the 5,000,000 visitors yearly only about 5% go “down”!  I am so glad we did that. It was amazing!! If I had more time I would have loved to go down to the bottom.. although I know coming back up would not be so much fun! I forget whether it is 9 or 11 miles to the bottom where the Colorado River runs through.
We also visited the Kolb brother’s studio and learned about their incredible adventures back in the early 1900s!
To the campsite market and we decided on a different menu for supper. Pulled pork on a bun which we did on the campfire.. and some other goodies.
A roaring campfire, then to bed in the “cool”  in more ways than one…tent.
Happy to be experiencing The Grand Canyon. It truly needs to be seen to understand the majesty of it.

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Tuesday night I barely slept a wink as I was so worried the alarm clock would not ring  Wednesday morning in time for us to get up; get dressed and get the car over to the shuttle we were to catch at 6:30 am. As it turns out it rang at 5:30 am!! So we were in lots of time to meet the Park Ranger who was to take us down into the canyon for a 3 mile hike. Oh my gosh. It was amazing and she explained so many interesting facts as well. Also, we were very lucky as we got to see a condor which is very rare. She left us in a very beautiful place and the group participants could return at their leisure. I loved talking to the many people we met on the venture! I said “hi” to everyone and usually got a reciprocal response. One young Asian man was heading down as we were heading back up, so of course I said hi.  We ended up having a great conversation with him and of course, photos. It was so exciting because he was from Xi’an where Trevor and I travelled last May. We loved Xi’an and I told him how we rode bikes around the old city wall etc..He was pleased! Anyways, what was so incredible was that he was travelling by himself and he was heading to the bottom of the canyon and crossing over to the North Rim!! All by himself! He said he thought it would take him 3 days. He was loaded with lots of water; food; clothing and a tent! I was astounded. Really..this was quite a dangerous and challenging goal. As the crow flies the North Rim is 10 miles away from the South Rim where we are. To drive, it is 215 miles around, but to cross it by foot? Wow! He certainly was brave as far as I was concerned!! Sure hope he makes it okay!!
The park advises you not to hike between 10 am and 4 pm because of the heat but many do. I loved the hiking part way more than just looking out over the rim like we did the day before. After lunch at the Canyon Cafe the boys headed back to the campsite for a “nap” but I had to keep exploring and found some more places to hike. I returned to the campsite about 5 pm and got the boys  to come with me to do some more exploring. We went down the Bright Angel Trail which is the most popular one. Stunning scenery when you  descend like that. Actually the warden told us in the morning that of the 5,000,000 visitors yearly only about 5% go “down”!  I am so glad we did that. It was amazing!! If I had more time I would have loved to go down to the bottom.. although I know coming back up would not be so much fun! I forget whether it is 9 or 11 miles to the bottom where the Colorado River runs through.
We also visited the Kolb brother’s studio and learned about their incredible adventures back in the early 1900s!
To the campsite market and we decided on a different menu for supper. Pulled pork on a bun which we did on the campfire.. and some other goodies.
A roaring campfire, then to bed in the “cool”  in more ways than one…tent.
Happy to be experiencing The Grand Canyon. It truly needs to be seen to understand the majesty of it.

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Tuesday night I barely slept a wink as I was so worried the alarm clock would not ring  Wednesday morning in time for us to get up; get dressed and get the car over to the shuttle we were to catch at 6:30 am. As it turns out it rang at 5:30 am!! So we were in lots of time to meet the Park Ranger who was to take us down into the canyon for a 3 mile hike. Oh my gosh. It was amazing and she explained so many interesting facts as well. Also, we were very lucky as we got to see a condor which is very rare. She left us in a very beautiful place and the group participants could return at their leisure. I loved talking to the many people we met on the venture! I said “hi” to everyone and usually got a reciprocal response. One young Asian man was heading down as we were heading back up, so of course I said hi.  We ended up having a great conversation with him and of course, photos. It was so exciting because he was from Xi’an where Trevor and I travelled last May. We loved Xi’an and I told him how we rode bikes around the old city wall etc..He was pleased! Anyways, what was so incredible was that he was travelling by himself and he was heading to the bottom of the canyon and crossing over to the North Rim!! All by himself! He said he thought it would take him 3 days. He was loaded with lots of water; food; clothing and a tent! I was astounded. Really..this was quite a dangerous and challenging goal. As the crow flies the North Rim is 10 miles away from the South Rim where we are. To drive, it is 215 miles around, but to cross it by foot? Wow! He certainly was brave as far as I was concerned!! Sure hope he makes it okay!!
The park advises you not to hike between 10 am and 4 pm because of the heat but many do. I loved the hiking part way more than just looking out over the rim like we did the day before. After lunch at the Canyon Cafe the boys headed back to the campsite for a “nap” but I had to keep exploring and found some more places to hike. I returned to the campsite about 5 pm and got the boys  to come with me to do some more exploring. We went down the Bright Angel Trail which is the most popular one. Stunning scenery when you  descend like that. Actually the warden told us in the morning that of the 5,000,000 visitors yearly only about 5% go “down”!  I am so glad we did that. It was amazing!! If I had more time I would have loved to go down to the bottom.. although I know coming back up would not be so much fun! I forget whether it is 9 or 11 miles to the bottom where the Colorado River runs through.
We also visited the Kolb brother’s studio and learned about their incredible adventures back in the early 1900s!
To the campsite market and we decided on a different menu for supper. Pulled pork on a bun which we did on the campfire.. and some other goodies.
A roaring campfire, then to bed in the “cool”  in more ways than one…tent.
Happy to be experiencing The Grand Canyon. It truly needs to be seen to understand the majesty of it.

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Tuesday night I barely slept a wink as I was so worried the alarm clock would not ring  Wednesday morning in time for us to get up; get dressed and get the car over to the shuttle we were to catch at 6:30 am. As it turns out it rang at 5:30 am!! So we were in lots of time to meet the Park Ranger who was to take us down into the canyon for a 3 mile hike. Oh my gosh. It was amazing and she explained so many interesting facts as well. Also, we were very lucky as we got to see a condor which is very rare. She left us in a very beautiful place and the group participants could return at their leisure. I loved talking to the many people we met on the venture! I said “hi” to everyone and usually got a reciprocal response. One young Asian man was heading down as we were heading back up, so of course I said hi.  We ended up having a great conversation with him and of course, photos. It was so exciting because he was from Xi’an where Trevor and I travelled last May. We loved Xi’an and I told him how we rode bikes around the old city wall etc..He was pleased! Anyways, what was so incredible was that he was travelling by himself and he was heading to the bottom of the canyon and crossing over to the North Rim!! All by himself! He said he thought it would take him 3 days. He was loaded with lots of water; food; clothing and a tent! I was astounded. Really..this was quite a dangerous and challenging goal. As the crow flies the North Rim is 10 miles away from the South Rim where we are. To drive, it is 215 miles around, but to cross it by foot? Wow! He certainly was brave as far as I was concerned!! Sure hope he makes it okay!!
The park advises you not to hike between 10 am and 4 pm because of the heat but many do. I loved the hiking part way more than just looking out over the rim like we did the day before. After lunch at the Canyon Cafe the boys headed back to the campsite for a “nap” but I had to keep exploring and found some more places to hike. I returned to the campsite about 5 pm and got the boys  to come with me to do some more exploring. We went down the Bright Angel Trail which is the most popular one. Stunning scenery when you  descend like that. Actually the warden told us in the morning that of the 5,000,000 visitors yearly only about 5% go “down”!  I am so glad we did that. It was amazing!! If I had more time I would have loved to go down to the bottom.. although I know coming back up would not be so much fun! I forget whether it is 9 or 11 miles to the bottom where the Colorado River runs through.
We also visited the Kolb brother’s studio and learned about their incredible adventures back in the early 1900s!
To the campsite market and we decided on a different menu for supper. Pulled pork on a bun which we did on the campfire.. and some other goodies.
A roaring campfire, then to bed in the “cool”  in more ways than one…tent.
Happy to be experiencing The Grand Canyon. It truly needs to be seen to understand the majesty of it.

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  1. gary sadler permalink

    That sounds like a very interesting place to go. I will have to do it someday. Did you knw the Condor is the biggest flying bird in the world? Or somethign like that……lol. I just turned on CNN and there is a story about a Chinese man they found in the Grand Canyon who set out to hike alone a couple months ago………maybe your buddy didn’t have as much luck as he was hoping for!

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