Carey and I arrived at the Grand Canyon south rim in the late afternoon, after a long 8 hour drive through the desert from north San Diego county. The day was still early enough for us to enjoy the scenery, visit the gift store and take a walk along the rim. Foolishly I left my Fuji X-T10 camera behind in the car when we first arrived, so my first impressions were all captured on my iPhone. Carey captured images on Friday afternoon with her iPhone and a Fujifilm FinePix XP90.
The story of our Grand Canyon rim to rim trek is told here by me (Theresa), with images taken by both Carey and I.
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Bright Angel Point
The Bright Angel Point lookout is a short walk east of the lodge. It offers incredible 360˚ views, but it's not an easy place for those who suffer severe fear of heights.
Back at the lodge we saw musicians gathering at the saloon, so we went inside to check it out. It turned out that there was a bluegrass workshop being held, and all the musicians came to the saloon for a jam session. The bass player showed up a little later than everyone else, and when he joined in mid song, the audience erupted in applause.
Time to hit the trail.
Free shuttle service is offered to guests from the Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Kaibab Trail Head, which is two miles away. We rode the 5:30 am shuttle along with other rim-to-rim hikers and backpackers. Daylight was just breaking as we prepared to begin our trek.
This is the only place on the trail where I felt a little weak kneed. I would have been fine if I hadn't stopped to enjoy the view, and take pictures of Carey on the edge of the cliff behind me.
Mid Morning Snack Break
After three hours of hiking we found this great spot right off the trail, perfect for a snack break.
Pump House Ranger Station
At 5.4 miles is the ranger station and Mazanita Rest Area. We arrived here a little after 10:00 am. We met a father hiking with his young son who were on their way up from Phantom Ranch. They told us the temperature had reached 115˚ the day before at the Ranch, which made us very thankful for the mild 80s we were experiencing.
We waited for the group of women who arrived before us to finish their lunch and head back out on the trail, then we went down to the pool and enjoyed it for ourselves.
There were two hours to kill before dinner, so we did our best to get off our feet and just relax.
Family Style Dinner
We opted for the beef stew dinner which is served in the later time slot along with the vegetable stew. Apparently the menu hasn't changed much in 40 years. The stew dinner includes an excellent fresh salad and corn bread. Dinner is served family style. When it's gone, it's gone. Cold beer is also available. I purchased a local brand and was almost too tired to finish it.
Indian Garden is the halfway point between Phantom Ranch and the south rim, with 5 miles behind us and 4.5 left to go. It felt like afternoon when we reached here, but it was really only 9am. We ate lunch and rested for a little over an hour.
Indian Garden is a busy place. We had lots of company.