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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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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Plateau Point Sunset Day 3 - Part 7


Jan and Amy
After dinner at our Indian Garden Camp we hiked out 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to Plateau Point.

Plateau Point Trail
I’d seen an amazing sunset from there during my spring hike.

Jan at Plateau Point
The end of this relatively flat trail offers spectacular views of the inner canyon gorge, North Rim, Bright Angel Trail and the Colorado River.
(Check out the giant cow shadow walking up Bright Angel Canyon towards the North Rim.)

Colorado River
Pipe Springs Rapid at mile 89 is rated a 3 on a 1-10 scale (1 is easiest) and has a 7 foot (2.13 meter) drop. One of the little rapids.

Evening light on Cheops Pyramid (left), Brahama and Zoroaster Temples (right)
Canyon geologist Clarence Dutton gave names from Asian religions to some topographic formations during his 1882 survey of Grand Canyon from the North Rim.

Sunset over the Colorado River
Without clouds the sunset was limited to the west.

Sunset on Brahama and Zoroaster Temples
But the colors of the canyon sang under the evening light.

Last light on Brahama and Zoroaster Temples

Morning light on Bright Angel Trail to South Rim
This is the view of the last stretch of our rim to rim hike across the Grand Canyon. But guess what, that’s another post.

18 comments:

mountain.mama said...

I love the singing sunset! That is spectacular.

Splendid Little Stars said...

enjoying hiking along with you! (Of course, I am having no trouble breathing!)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOW!! Wonderful. It is a good thing you are fit and healthy. This hike would be too difficult for a lot of people half our ages. :)

When I first saw the picture of the Colorado River I thought it was a green snake until I read the caption. LOL!! Dumb me!! LOL!!

Evelyn Howard said...

Great photos as always. Great capture of the cow shadow!

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

I see the cow. Great picture. I probably would have overlooked him or her.

DF

Janie said...

That evening light really does sing!
I see the cow shadow. Cool.

Small City Scenes said...

The scenery truly blows my mind. I really liked the evening light on the Temples. Thanks again for the tour. MB

Barb said...

Here are 3 of my favorites: The gals wearing wool hats and shorts; Jan as a tiny reference for Plateau Point; and the last light of day. Wonderful - thanks for sharing your hike, Gaelyn!

Martha Z said...

I'm with Barb, I was struck by the incongruity of the wool caps and shorts.
All great shots but I like the shadows best.

Nina P. said...

What a hard but wonderful life you live. The beauty and grandeur of nature at your front door. I love traveling with you on your trails. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

Natural Moments said...

When we soften like water, then we can dissolve that which is hard like the canyon itself, making life a grand place.

Firefly said...

I have to say WOW! Some awesome views on this particular day. And that sunset. Pity there were no clouds to enhance it, but still spectacular

Bibi said...

Enchanting photos...where did I put my hiking boots?

RuthieJ said...

Wow Gaelyn, every day it seems your sights were more spectactular. Sure makes me wish I lived closer to Arizona!

Rambling Woods said...

I love your historical explanations Gaelyn..

Quiet Paths said...

I think I would feel constantly in awe and humbled if I ever spent much time in that place.

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, Nature at its grandest! I love these grand views. The Colorado river is amazing (it also runs through Yosemite). Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Louise said...

The light on the canyon is divine!

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