Sometimes on our weekend Mike and I hike the Transept trail along the west rim which we connect with less than .25 mile from the RV.
The view is into Transept canyon and looking west at Widforss Plateau.
We find sweet little side trails…
…to almost secret overlooks.
Plus colorful treasures in the forest.
Mike has really overcome his fear of edges. Maybe a little too much.
Possibly he learned that from me.
Our discoveries are many including this huge sponge fossil.
And I love the sculptures of eroded limestone stacked like ancient building blocks.
Geologist Clarence Dutton named the Transept Canyon in 1882 because of the way it crosses the north-south Bright Angel Canyon at an east-west angle like the arms of a cruciform church. He remarked that it was “one of the finest and perhaps most picturesque gorges in the whole Kaibab front.”