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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

My World Tuesday - Hiking the Grand Canyon

Part 1 - Because it's a long hike

Roaring Springs canyon to Bright Angle canyon


My first season as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park training included hiking rim-to-rim.  Read more about hiking in the Grand Canyon...

38 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hi Gaelyn! It's Elizabeth from "the caves." I was sick of flipping through our crappy photo collection cuz I needed some cave photos to send somebody so I did a web search to see if there was a decent webpage that hit all the highlights of Oregon Caves' tour. Guess what I found? It took me awhile to realize this was YOUR blog though! Very nice blog! Take care.

Natural Moments said...

Stacey and I once went down Bright Angel to the Colorado, took a left turn and walked down river until we came up another side canyon where the busline ends. I can see the trip before my eyes, but the names I never seem to retain.

ewok1993 said...

Oh my goodness, my husband's dream is to hike the grand canyon too. However, I don't think I'm physically fit to do that yet. Oh what a dream job you have.

koala said...

One word: unimaginable!

Janie said...

Beautiful photos! That's quite a hike down from the north rim lodge to Phantom Ranch. You seem to have made it with enough energy left for photos, so you were doing very well.
I'd like to take that trail sometime, but I'm not sure my knees would last...

dowhatyoulove said...

Gaelyn,
I am so glad you did the hike, and didn't talk yourself out of it. It is such a magical place to hike. I would like to hike down through the canyon again some day. Maybe spend a little more time down in the canyon next time. I really enjoyed camping next to the river after hiking down. I look forward to the second half!

Louise said...

I have read about this, without pictures, and still wanted to go. Your pictures make it even more of a dream. And even though a hike like that would scare me, I think the mules would scare me more! I know they are more sure-footed than me, but riding that high with those big drop-offs might do me in!

Guy D said...

Excellent continuation from last week Gaelyn, love the shots.

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Diane C. said...

I'm so glad to be taking this adventure through your eyes. The trails do look inviting and the scenery is spectacular. I love the color of the earth there, much redder than in my area.

Carolyn said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful walk. What spectacular country. It is on my Bucket List! Thank you also for all of the information. Have a nice week.
Smiles

Rob Inukshuk said...

What a beautiful place. I hope to visit someday and see it for myself.

Karen said...

Oh, I really want to do that, but I know I am not either physcially or mentally ready for it. Maybe next winter I can do more to get in shape for it.

Babooshka said...

I look at this and realise our worls' are so different. Yours is so vast, awesome. Makes you feel such a small part and a reminder how mother nature knows best.

Carver said...

That looks like a wonderful hike although I'm sure it was very challenging. I loved your shots and enjoyed this post so much.

fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: More power to you to be able to do this hike. It looks like a wonderful place to exxperience nature.

Martha said...

One of the highlights of my life was hiking down the Bright Angel and catching a raft for the rest of the way down the canyon. It exceeded my expectations. Thanks for taking me back.

Natural Moments said...

It's amazing that once you are in the canyon, it feels like a totally different place than when one views it from the top. There are these different levels and tiers that you give you different points of views and experiences within this natural wonder.

sixstars said...

It looks like hard work tramping in the heat but the scenary makes it look like fun. Great range of photos.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Gaelyn, those are beautiful shots, great place to visit and your zoom make it even more fascinating. I’ll love to visit someday.
Thank you
From Now and Then.
Mary Elizabeth.

Camels & Chocolate said...

I did the Kaibab several years back, sans pack and I was sore for a week! We stupidly didn't leave until about 9am--in AUGUST--meaning we were coming back out of it (no, we didn't camp--just a quick dip in Roaring Springs and right back out) at the hottest time of day, during the hottest time of year. I finished the last few miles in my bikini! Though I distinctly remember a large family of Mormons descending the trail (with a mattress over their heads...what???) in full head-to-toe garb. Something tells me they were a bit hotter than I was!

Arija said...

I am so glad you did it so I can ride on your back. At my age and in my condition I am not allower over 2,000m without extra oxygen. Downhill I might have meade it without a pack, but up is another matter. A most enjoyable hike with great pictures.

Ebie said...

Everything so pretty. Been to the Grand Canyon so many times but never went hiking. Too scared to cross that hanging bridge!

Today's Blah... said...

Wow, I would so love to be here, the rocks are just amazing and so great with your photos.

Indrani said...

How lucky!
Thanks for taking me along on this virtual tour. :)

J said...

Fantastic! I think between you and Janie I've been persuaded to put 'hiking the Grand Canyon' on my list of things I want to do! :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh WOW!! I was waiting for these Gaelyn. Is there any place on earth which is more meautiful than this? No, I do not think so and believe me, I have seen a LOT of fantastic sights over my years. There is just something magic about the place which I love. Unfortunaely when we were there, my husband was too sick so we never did any hiking. Maybe I will get to do it the next time I am there.

Thanks once again for posting the beautiful shots. How I wish I could be there right now!!

Jenn said...

Awesome place. The Grand Canyon is so majestic and you captured it well. My boyfriend will fly to the US in May to raft the Grand Canyon. That was 10 years in the waiting. A dream come true for him. Looking forward to seeing more of this majestic canyon.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Wow! Our friend made this trip last year. Now we know what it entails. Thanks for the details and fab photos-- and what a wonderful life you lead!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

It really is one of the wonders of the world and I really enjoyed your hike down into it, and it was not as tiring either! Looking forward to next week.

Christy said...

Oh how beautiful. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and I'm with you on the "OMG I still had to climb out of this hole." I think I would be fine going down it's the climb back up that seems to take forever. But in a place this beautiful I think it would be worth it. Also thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment that you left for me.

Lew said...

I'm glad you took your camera along! That's a hike I would like to take thought I'm not sure my legs are willing. I really like the view from the bunkhouse.

Lantaw said...

A beautiful place for hiking! I bet there are endless photo opportunities there. Thanks for sharing!

Wonder Turquette said...

Certainly an unforgettable adventure! I like hiking very much and wish to visit Grand Canyon one day ... Waiting impatiently for the second part of the story!

susieofarabia said...

Wow - Gaelyn - you are so lucky! The photos are amazingly beautiful. I'm so proud of you - what an incredible hike!

dAwN said...

I would love to do that..but I would not love to have a backpack on.
Congrats on doing this even though you wanted to opt out. I bet now you are thrilled to have done it.
I will stay tuned for your next post.

E. Michelle said...

I am so glad that you decided to go on that hike. How awesome! I loved the box area. Everything looked so wild and beautiful

George said...

Thanks for taking us along on your hike. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.

AJ said...

Your posts and pictures bring to life all those 'westerns' I read in my younger days... ;-) fantastic place! Well captured!

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