To the Bottom of the Grand Canyon and Back

(February 2013)


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The mules are starting down the hill (Eshaia in the back of the pack).

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The intrepid explorer equipped with his trusty all-terrain sneakers.

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It was super cold and there was a lot of ice and snow.

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Knarly pines and geology at work.

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The mules head up the hill.

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We can finally see the Colorado river below!

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The Black Bridge across the river.

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The tunnel that leads to the bridge.

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On top of the Colorado.

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We have descended from 6,800 ft elevation down to 2,400 (river level).

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The only thing missing here is a cold beer.

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The muler riders arrive at Phantom Ranch.

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The river water was a refreshing 42 degrees.

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We start going uphill at dawn, this time via the Silver Bridge.

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It doesn't look that far but it's a long climb.

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At Indian Gardens the heat is usually the problem - not so this time!

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Middle of February - the trails are not very crowded.

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Most visitors never venture below the rim - what a pity!



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