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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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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Walk to the North Rim fire tower

01 Mike getting ready to hike to North Rim fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x756) 

Saturday, after laundry, Mike and I drove out to the entrance station and took a little walk to the North Rim fire tower.

02 Towering trees along trail to North Rim fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (464x1024)

The trail is a two-track road making the tower accessible through an aspen, spruce, fir and pine forest.

03 North Rim fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (666x1024)

The North Rim fire tower is not generally staffed but fire management still sends crew there to take a look around when needed.

04 Old cabin by North Rim fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

This is the tower that Edward Abbey staffed back in the 1970s. The cabin he lived in is falling apart and was almost speared by a falling tree top.

05 Looking up NR fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x732)

Neither of us climbed to the top, I’ve already been there and Mike didn’t trust the 1936 built structure.

06 Bench mark NR fire tower NR GRCA NP AZ (912x1024)

10 comments:

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

That climb looks like hard work to me, I would also have blamed its age for not climbing to the top :-) Diane

Lucy said...

That would have been hard to pass up. Although I'm not that great of a climber (I bitch alot), I would love to say that I went up. :)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

how beautiful shots! love them all!

that climb would definitely be hard work to me either.

the north rim fire tower photo is my fave. really awesome!!

have a great day!
betty

Jo said...

Eeek, that tower looks precarious, but what an excellent photo you took from the bottom, Gaelyn. I love the way you always show the badges and explain things so carefully. Have a great day. (((hugs))) Jo

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I wouldn't climb it either. As a kid in Payson, AZ we knew a husband and wife who staffed a tower on the Tonto NF. My brother and I got to climb up to the top several times. Pretty good view up there.

The cabin looks mighty rustic to me.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Ha! Before I read that it was Abbey's that was in my head, I thought it was :) COol post, I LOVE Ed!

Janie said...

Interesting to see the old cabin where Edward Abbey lived for awhile.
That tower looks a little rickety. I don't think I would have climbed it.

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow, I must say, I don't blame him for not wanting to climb that thing! It would be horrible if it decided to collapse while you are up there! Too bad that cabin is being neglected. I hope all else is well with you.

Elaine said...

That does look like a long shaky climb! When I was a teenager I visited a fire tower on the California side of the California/Oregon border. You do get a good view from them. I can't imagine spending a lot of time in one.

Firefly said...

The view from the top must be fantastic, but I'm not sure I would trust the structure either. I'm a bit nervous around heights.

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