Category Archives: Nature

Grand Canyon: Colorado River Back to the Rim

December 12th, 2020 After yesterday’s lunch by the water, we’ve resumed our hike along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The Bright Angel Trail leads across the next bridge, back to the south shore of the Colorado River. Looking left, we see horses and riders moving slowly along a narrow lip of the canyon wall.  Sunlight hits Bright Angel Gorge

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Grand Canyon: Skeleton Point to the Tipoff

December 10th, 2020 Yesterday we continued on the South Kaibab Trail to this precipice below Skeleton Point. I love this view not only because of its dramatic location but because it’s another moment where the length of the day’s route comes back into focus. A dozen switchbacks etch the slope below. They only take you as far as the next

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Grand Canyon: O’Neill Butte to Skeleton Point

December 9th, 2020 Beyond yesterday’s view of O’Neill Butte, the South Kaibab Trail draws across the plateau to Skeleton Point. Looking back, the canyon wall has come into view. It’s hard to believe a trail descends that vertical face. Skeleton Point is unremarkable — a clearing where you can clear your head for what’s to come or what’s behind you,

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Grand Canyon: Ooh Aah to O’Neill Butte

December 8th, 2020 After yesterday’s jaunt, we’re continuing on the South Kaibab Trail towards O’Neill Butte. A few scrubby trees and bushes cling to the rocky spine we’re navigating. It looks as if the trail ends in the open space above the canyon but it twists to the right and drops down to the next layer where the canyon opens

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