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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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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hiking the Grand Canyon


Tomorrow morning I take off with the other Rangers to hike across the Grand Canyon. My pack weights 24 pounds and there’s nothing I can take out. We’re taking four days to cross. First day starting at 8250 feet on the North Kaibab Trail 6.8 miles down to Cottonwood campground at 4080 feet where we’ll camp under the stars. At least I hope it’s stars and not rain. Second day 6.9 miles to Phantom Ranch at 2546 feet where we’ll stay in a Park Service bunkhouse and someone is making us dinner and breakfast. That means less food to carry. Third day up the Bright Angel Trail—not to be confused with the short walk I did yesterday—4.7 miles and 1854 feet gain where we’ll camp at Indian Gardens. The last day 4.6 miles and 3060 feet up to the South Rim.

Then we’ll spend a couple days training with the South Rim Rangers before we return to the North Rim which opens to the public May 15th.

 So, I’ll be incommunicado for about a week. I’ll try to catch up on reading blogs when I return. And I’m sure to have plenty of stories and pics to post.

 Have a great week.

20 comments:

Sally in WA said...

Have a good hike!

Karen said...

You will be my eyes for seeing the bottom of the canyon. I can't wait to see the pics with that new camera.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Gaelyn have a safe journey and hope you don't get tooo many aches along the way. Checkout my blog when you return, I am giving you an award and write up on Saturday.

Janie said...

Have fun! We'll be awaiting the trip report and photos.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Gaelyn I cannot believe the beauty of that top photograph!! WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!

Enjoy the training!! I am looking forward to the pics.

Small City Scenes said...

How super! Enjoy and take care of your feet. MB

The Explorer said...

that is so great and when you get back, you will bring us lots of spectacular views you saw there

diane said...

Looking forward to see what you see on that trek. You must be so fit. Keep safe.

Michaelle said...

Sounds like a heck of a hike. I'm jealous. Here's wishing you perfect weather!

Diane C. said...

Sounds exciting...looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back...enjoy!

susieofarabia said...

You lucky dog! Hope you have a wonderful time - and no rain. Looking forward to your tales when you return.

George said...

Have a safe hike!

Babooshka said...

You need to poke me virtually if I don't check in. I gotta see your hike. Stay safe and take the most amazing images.

RuthieJ said...

I hope you have a fun and injury-free hike and good weather. Looking forward to seeing your stories and pictures.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Gaelyn, here's the link to the award I have given you for your return. http://www.britgalusa.com/2009/05/slack-sally-is-my-other-name.html

Erin said...

have a safe trip and look forward to hearing about your training adventure when you return.
many good thoughts and hugs.

dAwN said...

Oh my ..your gone...I didn't get to say goodbye...
Well I guess you'll get this when you come back...I hope you come back..don't fall off the edge...
See you later...
hope you had ..or have a great time.

Jazz said...

I'm tired just reading that.

Quiet Paths said...

So looking forward to it! I hope you are having a Grand time. Har!

E. Michelle said...

Sounds awesome! I cannot wait to hear how it went and see some pictures!

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