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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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Friday, September 3, 2010

Hiking the Transept trail

01 Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

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.

02 Widforss Plateau from Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x358)

The view is into Transept canyon and looking west at Widforss Plateau.

03 Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

We find sweet little side trails…

04 Mike on rock outcrop & Widforss Plateau from Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x750)

…to almost secret overlooks.

05 Pinedrops along Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (752x1024)

Pinedrops

Plus colorful treasures in the forest.

06 Mike sitting on edge along Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Mike has really overcome his fear of edges. Maybe a little too much.

07 Gaelyn on rock outcrop off Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ by Mike (759x1024)

Possibly he learned that from me.

08 Sponge fossil along Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (791x1024)

Our discoveries are many including this huge sponge fossil.

09 Limestone stratigraphy from rock outcrop off Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

And I love the sculptures of eroded limestone stacked like ancient building blocks.

10 Mike on rock outcrop overlooking Widforss Point & temples from off Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (754x1024)

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.”

22 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

So much beauty it boggles the mind.
I used to love sitting on the edge but not anymore.
Excellent!! MB

Karen said...

Mike! Get away from that edge!

Jo said...

Stunning forest walks, side trails, overlooks and views. Wow. I love it. And gasped when I saw Mike sitting on the edge - yes, I suspect he learnt it from you. Thanks for a beautful hike along Trancept Trail. Bless you both. (((Hugs))) Jo

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thanks for taking us along.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thanks for the hike, Mike that is just too close! I have no fear of heights but I don't believe in taking risks:-) You would not get my husband anywhere near any of those drops, even the roof is too high for him!! Diane

blog with no name said...

The edge is where you can really feel alive!

Your such a good teacher! If I can stand on the edge like that, there's nothing that I can't do...

Maybe hang gliding off the edge into the canyon is next... maybe...

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

My tummy did flip flops when seeing photos of you and Mike so close to the edge. What on earth are pinedrops? Looks like pinecones rising from the earth on stems. I've missed visiting here - thanks for the breather!

dAwN said...

Wow..what a beautiful place to walk..nice that it is so close to the RV.
Yikes..I think you should teach Mike to not get as close to the edge..it giving me queezzy feelings.

Barb said...

What views you had, Gaelyn. But...EEEEK! Tell Mike to get back from the edge!

Diane AZ said...

Your pictures are phenomenal! You and Mike must have so much fun exploring on your weekends. Those eroded limestone sculptures look cool. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: That is so beautiful.

Craver Vii said...

The sights are awe inspiring! I get butterflies in my stomach seeing you (both) near the edge like that.

I wish I could take portraits from that same spot you had Mike perched at in the last photo. The backdrop is positively surreal.

katney said...

This is on the North Rim? We've gotta get to the North Rim sometime when things are open--and spend more than an afternoon there. sigh!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh my gosh..what a view..sigh...

Elaine said...

Beautiful views and details. This looks like a wonderful hike, although it might be a little too exhilarating for me. I am amazed that Mike was able to conquer his fear of heights so completely. Just seeing him sitting on the edge gives me the shivers.

Carolyn said...

Gaelyn, what a spectacular walk, it is absolutely breathtaking. I'm pretty good with heights but Mike is a whole lot braver than me. I hope you have a rope on him!!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful part of the world with us and have a wonderful and safe long weekend.
Smiles

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Some of those pictures should be painting Gaelyn. I can never get tired of seeing all the colors in the rock formations there.

Bill S. said...

I did not make it to see your beautiful world. I lost three weeks of my life after losing a wrestling match with poison ivy. Hopefully next year.

I love your posts and photos.

Janie said...

Wow, the sponge fossil is cool!
Those overlooks are just spectacular. The last photo is my favorite.

Sharon Creech said...

Words fail me. Such beauty!

Firefly said...

With the park being so popular its must be awesome going down these little trails and getting away from the crowds.

RuthieJ said...

It's so beautiful there. I can see why you love it so much.

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