Fondest memory: So we made it. We hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and would sleep at the foot of the Colorado River. I had quite a bit of help, but it was still an accomplishment, as far as I was concerned. A bit of physical exertion combined with a battling internal and external elements. An accomplishment in many ways indeed. It wasn't quite the way I expected the trip to be, but was more worthwhile than I imagined.
The morning sun is rising
Its kissing the day...
Journey Wheel in the Sky
Fondest memory: Woke up a bit stiff and sore but otherwise allright. I passed out cold around 7:30 p.m. and slept straight though the night like a satiated infant.
Not only has the rain cleared but the sun is out. A miracle according to the naysaying hiking guides. Standing on the bottom of the Canyon and watching the sun peek over the Canyon wall, I can't help but agree.
Fondest memory: The neighboring campsite is occupied by a solo female hiker. Sheila lives in Lake Montezuma, just outside of Sedona. She's a small woman but carries a large load of camping gear and supplies to last throughout her 2 week trek across the Tonto Trail, an exposed and isolated region of the Canyon where water and people are scarse. She's been averaging about 12 to 14 miles per day and sleeping nearly 12 hours per night to regain the strength to carry on the next day. Another person living her version of the dream.
Expect crowds during the spring, summer, and fall months. During these months reservations for camping and lodging are essential.
Fondest memory: A good starting place for seeing the Grand Canyon is at Flagstaff, just a few hours away from the south rim. From here you also can explore other nearby national parks as well.