Grand Canyon: The Tipoff to the Colorado River
December 11th, 2020
Yesterday we stood near the Tipoff and savored the view of the Colorado River. Let’s get moving on the trail so we can stop for a dip!
The trail continues around a promontory and emerges on the other side with a layered view to the north. Looking down from the trail, the terrain drops off steeply all the way to the river. The Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge pierces both banks like a needle stitching the north and south sides together.
A curve in the trail gives us one last view of the northern panorama with ribbons of white against blue. Just after the flat, the trail begins its erratic descent to the water.
Finally, the bridge feels within reach and one last turn brings us to the entrance of a tunnel. After all the twists and turns tracing the canyon wall, here it seems there was no other option but through the stone itself. We enter the darkness and emerge on the other side.
The Kaibab Suspension Bridge welcomes us with sunshine and a pretty river view. Just wide enough for two people, we linger and look from both sides before crossing to the north shore.
From the rock-rimmed trail on the north side, we see a perfect crescent beach along the curved edge of the river. Time to stop for a break, have some lunch and soak our feet.
The sandy beach frames a perfect view of the bridge over the Colorado River. Water flows gracefully by showing no sign of just how COLD it is. With shoes off, feet in and food unpacked for lunch, enjoy the view before we move on and begin the trek back up the through canyon.
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