Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grand Canyon Rim Trail Hike

I have been on vacation this week. I tried to plan some really active things that were inexpensive yet fun. This was the third and final hike. Cindy and I went up to the Grand Canyon and did a nice hike along part of the rim trail. I hadn't been to the Canyon in years, but I really love it. I could just stare at it for hours. And I had never done this trail before.
It was COLD. I am glad I had my "Minnesota" coat to wear. It kept me quite toasty. It was in the low 30's all day. There was a pretty light dusting of snow, mostly in the shady areas. Here we are starting out at Mather point. It was coldest then.

Of course the Canyon is beautiful and immense.

This is our trail. There were patches on snow and ice. Had to be careful not to slip and fall. Sometimes we were really close to the edge.

Some people left sweet messages in the snow.

Cindy was nervous getting this close to the edge. I wanted to show how close we were. She is still within the trail.

There were some neat mineral specimans along the way, showing some of the types of rock in the canyon. This one was especially cool. See the folded layer running through it? Can you imagine what must have happened to make it look like that?

Doesn't Cindy look especially youthful in this photo?

I wanted to show off my new gila monster shirt. I got it in Tucson the day before at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. I think it's awesome!

One more especially nice one of Cindy.

We had lunch in the Bright Angel Lodge. It was nice.

View back towars El Tovar. The "Studio" is the brown building right on the edge of the canyon. The Bright Angel Trail starts right there. We looked at a really nice art exhibit of Canyon paintings there.

You can see the Colorado River in this one.

Here we are at Hermit's Rest at the end of the day. We made it. We hiked just over 4 miles. Not tons, but we had a really nice time. We took the shuttle some of the way. Fresh air, beautiful views, uncrowded, nice food, good company. Great day!


Cathy said...

Loveit, snow and all, what a nice time/trip!

Cynthia said...

Good photos. It was a great day.

Anonymous said...

Sue -- once again you have wonderful photos which I am saving (stealing) from your blog!

Suzanne said...

kinsey92Beautiful pictures of the Grand Canyon, and I am like your friend Cindy - I do not want to get to close to the edge. It is a crazy irrational fear that I might suddenly decide I want to throw myself over the edge. I don't but that is why it is a crazy irrational fear!