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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hiking Widforss Trail at Grand Canyon National Park

Maggi ran away from the South Rim for some crowd-recovery time. The North Rim gets only 10 percent of the 5,000,000 annual visitors to Grand Canyon National Park.

Trancept Canyon
So we went hiking this morning on the Widforss Trail, named after artist Gunnar Widforss who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the 1930s.

Pinedrop from the Wintergreen Family
We chatted along the way and discovered more than just canyon.

Oregon Grape, Barberry or Mahonia
I was surprised to see the red leaves and berries so early. Later in the fall the berries are quite tasty and make good jelly.

Bug trails
I want to make rubbings of these wonderful natural patterns. But I always forget the pencil and paper.

Almost at the head of Trancept Canyon looking southeast
We made it 2.5 miles (4 km) along the forested rim trail, that’s about half way. And this was our lunch break view before turning back.


Janie said...

Beautiful views. Looks like you two were all alone out there, just you and the canyon.

Barb said...

Lovely view - happy hiking, Gaelyn!

mountain.mama said...

It looks like you two enjoy hiking as much as I do! What a great place to go.

Sally in WA said...

I think it would be cool to do rubbings of the bug trails, but like you, I'd probably forget the paper and pencil, too.

FYI - the TTT's will be pulling out tomorrow heading east. Mom's Rialta is fixed!

Karen said...

I have seen those berries at the campground this week and have meant to bring my camera to take pics of them. I would have loved to have been on that hike with you two today! I always have paper in my backpack, but rarely have a pencil. Why is that???

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Gaelyn. With my heavy schedule yesterday I missed this one. SO sorry. I love the markings on the tree and that wild grape. No wonder the American Indians lived so easily off the land.

That seems like a lovely trail and naturally the scenery is stunning there.

Diane AZ said...

I had not heard of artist Gunnar Widforss. I just checked out his gorgeous landscapes and Aspen trees. Pinedrops and Oregon Grape are also new to me. The bug trails would make a fascinating rubbing. Your last photo is awesome, I see why Widforss felt inspired by that place.

Donna Hull said...

Ah, you're making me long for a walk on the cool North Rim. Thanks for taking me along.

Nicole said...

Oh, I do envy you a tiny bit for those lovely trails and views!
One day I want to walk in that region too. So enormous and beautiful!
And yet you still find small details to look at :)

Quiet Paths said...

A very sweet trail. I like all your small observations of: stop and notice little plants and patterns. Very fun. How hot was it?

Kathiesbirds said...

What a nice hike! I'll go for crowd relief also!

RuthieJ said...

Gosh Gaelyn, I just can't get over how beautiful the scenery is at your "workplace!"

Louise said...

So,so beautiful! The flora appeals to me almost as much as the views.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh, so that's what Oregon grape looks like!

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