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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, April 6, 2009

My World Tuesday - Hiking the Grand Canyon Part 2

After hiking down to the bottom of Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch I still had to hike out of the canyon and up to the South Rim which you can read about here.

Bright Angel Bridge


24 comments:

erin said...

wow...have to say there is no way i could do that...well, i could but, it would take me a long time...lol.
fab commentary and photos...enjoyed this very much.
thanks so for sharing with us.

George said...

I'm very impressed. I wish I had made it to the Grand Canyon when I was younger. I would really would have liked to hike down into the canyon.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Again - WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Fantastic pictures and info Gaelyn. I think if I was not used to hiking, my legs would be shaking after the first mile. :)Brilliant scenery, it would take me a month to do this trail as I would be looking for and finding all kinds of things to turn my attantion away from the actual hike. I tend to wander all over the show.

Thanks once acain for this wonderful post. :)

Diane C. said...

What an awesome place of unbelievable beauty! Thank you so much for your tour of this trail which would be too big of a hike for me. The devils corkscrew and Jacob's ladder look interesting. The view in the last photo is breathtaking.

Natural Moments said...

I remember Indian Gardens. Stacey and I stopped there to snack and fill up the water tanks. When we diverged from the trail to go West we came across two bighorn sheep, some deer, and a rattlesnake. While going west, the trail would snake in and out constantly with every new and little side gulch or canyon. I would like to go and spend some time in that little village at the bottom of the canyon. It seems to be like an outpost that time forgot.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, it is such an incredibly beautiful place! Wow! and your photos are fantastic! My knees ached just looking at them! Thanks so much for a really wonderful post!

Ruth said...

"But no matter how you get there and back, something is going to hurt." Good for you! Not many people would undertake such an adventure. I am happy to look at your excellent pictures and imagine that I am on the journey.

Janie said...

You look like you're hiking strong!
Good choice to take a trail where you didn't have to carry water.
Beautiful photos! The Grand Canyon is amazing from the top, but so much more so when you expend the time and sweat to hike to the bottom.

dAwN said...

Congrats! I would love to do that hike someday....I am now prepared for it..I will take it nice and slow!
and find some sort of margarita mantra..

dowhatyoulove said...

What a fun trip! Are you looking forward to being back there?? Ah, you are making me think about hiking. The PCT is inching into my mind more and more.

Martha said...

Your post brings back wonderful memories. I'd love to go down the river again or even just make the hike to Indian gardens again. Hubby is feeling his age (74)and he is not anxious for me to make such hikes alone.

Indrani said...

Ooooh!! Gayelyn! These are mesmerizing shots! I was thinking, if only...

Marites said...

that is so much fun! if only i can do that for real:) I'd probably be crawling with sore muscles the next day but hey, i think it's worth it.

Babooshka said...

I don't think adjectives can descirbe these to me. Out of this world geology. Quite envious.

J said...

I would be willing to be in pain to get to hike here! maybe one day...

Arija said...

Wow, what a great post, superb views and boot camp condensed fitness camp fot you. I should think it also did wonders to the 'I can'factor' of your self esteem. After that hike I am sure. not much can daunt you. Hats off!

Quiet Paths said...

What a fantastic experience that must have been even if you did feel the trek in each bone of your body. I really snorted with salty crusty Margarita! Oh wow. Great great shots; feel like I was there. Nothing like the great Grand.

Carolyn said...

Gaelyn, what a spectacular walk and I know exactly what your body was feeling like. I absolutely love to walk but boy do I pay the price. This is beautiful country and your photos are stunning. Thanks so much for sharing.
Smiles

Me and my puppies said...

it is just beautiful, did you go out on the glass bridge?

Karen said...

I was sore after the very short hike we took the other day, I know I would never make it across the canyon.

Liara Covert said...

Every journey is meaningful. Your life choices remind people that different options exist other than what you necessarily know about. The outdoorsy existence of your life inspires many people even if they do not feel they could psychologically abandon everything they know.

I recall reading a newspaper story of a family who lived in Geelong, Australia. The parents each had good jobs but they quit, took their kids out of school and opted to travel around Australia for a year in an RV. It was a family bonding time. The kids learned more during that year in rustic terrain with their family than they do in regular school. The family felt they were giving their children a valuable experience and timeless survival skills.

On the one hand, people in their community who read this article after their return found the choice to abandon what they knew as reality to be baffling. They, on the other hand, felt this was the best choice they had ever made. To each his or her own. We can all be grateful for free will and choices.

Alley Kaye said...

Great photos Gaelyn! I particularly liked the upward view of the Devil's Corkscrew. I have a personal nickname for that very last switchback on the Bright Angel Trail before you get to the rim: Heartbreak Hill! Why'd they have to put the longest steepest switchback at the end of the durn trail?! :(

Thanks for sharing your memories and photos.

Barb said...

Your hike really brought back memories! I've hiked Bright Angel down, camped at Indian Gardens, and continues in the Canyon for a 7 day backpack - it was wonderful! I've also floated under the bridge at Phantom in a raft. Lucky you to have a job on the North Rim. I'll stay tuned!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I had to chuckle at the 'something will hurt' comment, yep if on a mule that long you're butt sure would! I have nothing but admiration for you completing this, no way could I do this without months of getting fit!

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