Took a one mile (1.6 km) side trip to Ribbon Falls where a huge mound of travertine is built up.
North Kaibab Trail parallels the riparian area along Bright Angel Creek which offers a diversity of life.
And a tempting place for a snack.
Bee in Grizzly Bear Cactus
Grand Canyon Lodge on North Rim
I was really surprised to be able to see the Lodge over 5500 feet (1676 m) above.
Desert Spiny Lizard
Entering the Box of Bright Angel Canyon
My favorite part of the trail is a narrow gorge1200 feet (366 m) deep. Another hiker and I were almost run over by a charging Mountain Sheep and didn’t have the presence of mind to take a picture.
Quartz and Mica in the Vishnu Schist
Here we walked past the oldest rock in the canyon, about 1,800 million years old.
Saturday, day two, we walked 7.9 miles (12.7 km) in six hours and lost another 1534 feet (468 m).
Phantom Ranch Canteen
After a shower we went to the Canteen for a cold beer and chocolate. I sent a couple postcards that are stamped on the back “Delivered by Mule.”
That night our boss and her sister made us spaghetti dinner where we stayed in the Park Service bunkhouse, complete with bunk beds that were a bit better than the hard ground the night before.
The South Rim from the bunkhouse
So now we’d made it to the bottom of the canyon, but it’s still a long way back up. I’ll try to post day-three tomorrow, my day off.