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Sep 16, 2015 - Bright Angel Trail, our 10k down and UP the Canyon

We went to Mather's Point while the millions of stars wire still shining. One other family was already there. We got our spot to view the sunrise and watched in awe the changes from a starlit sky to colors appearing in the canyon as the sun rose. Amazing God we have! As the sun rose above the East rim, you heard the clicking of hundreds of cameras. What a spectacular shot. Then we went and had a buffet continental breakfast to fuel up for our hike, the bright angel trail. We hiked three miles, what seemed like straight down. My knees...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Mule Ride on the Rim

We went out early to see the sun rise from Mather's Point. Just beautiful. The sun rose and then ducked behind some clouds, even more beautiful. We went on the noon Mule Ride. It was a two hour ride on the East South Rim. So much fun! After our mule ride we rode the shuttle to the west end till sunset. Every stop is a new and beautiful scene.

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Sep 4, 2015 - Life as a Grand Canyon Employee

In a past entry, I talked about the crazy stuff people do at the canyon rim… today, I offer a bit of the lighter side. What follows is a collection of photos depicting daily life at Grand Canyon National Park, (and many national parks, I suspect). Park guests that put a smile on your face, unexpected visits from “the locals”, and a few of our favorite kinds of kids just to name a few. A national park like the Grand Canyon, is an interesting place, because like Vegas, or Disney World, it attracts people from all over the world. It kind of...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Fools Tempting Fate on the Edge

Welcome back to Dave’s Canyon Tours everybody! (And you thought the “Grand Canyon” entries were no more.) Today, I will NOT be taking you out into the canyon. Nor will I show you any images of grand vistas, wildlife, or blue skies. I was inspired some time ago, by stupidity… mine to be precise, to do an entry on a different subject this time around. (Those with a fear of heights, or dummies, may want to skip the photos, lol.) It all began when a young German tourist came into the store, and asked me if the park service had anyone who could...

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Aug 8, 2015 - #10 Enough Is Enough

Just as promised, the Saturday “COFFEE” call came while it was definitely still dark. It had been a beautiful star-studded, moon soaked night, but all of us were happy to be taking down those barely tolerable cots for the last time. As mentioned, we needed to have our stuff in our large duffle and separate from CRATE’s so the transfer to the bus at mile 279 would go smoothly. Breakfast was simple and quick - toasted bagels, oatmeal, fruit and juices. Our fire brigade lines loaded up the rafts for the last time and we were pushing downstream...

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Aug 7, 2015 - #9 Happy Anniversary?

Fortunately the wind and rain had died sometime during Thursday night. Even more fortunately, yours truly somehow slept all the way until morning without having to crawl out of that tent to make my usual mid-night trip to the river. What joy. We woke to a cloudy day and carefully dragged all of our stuff out to start the morning. Despite the shelter, the bottoms of our sheets and a pillow had gotten semi-soaked and would need to be dried out that evening - hopefully. All of us were a little slow on the uptake this morning, but after some...

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Aug 6, 2015 - #8 "GAME ON"

On Thursday August 6, after what was now getting to be a bit of a routine (with no quicksand this morning), we were properly packed up and breakfasted and on the river by about 8:30. We had seen several female Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep along the river’s edge on Wednesday and within 2 miles today we came upon several good sized bighorn rams - quite stunning to see them so up close. We had about 11 miles and a couple of rapids (including the aptly named Upset Rapid - rated 7) to run before our major stop of the day, Havasu Creek and Falls....

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Aug 5, 2015 - #7 Well If I Woulda Known

Wednesday, August 5 was one of the few mornings on the river where I woke up well before the “COFFEE!” alarm clock. Given that it was barely getting light and I had 30 minutes to kill, I took flashlight in hand and wandered down by the big beach along our campsite to take a leak, brush my teeth and wash up to the extent possible in the sandy water. Then, while my bride got her last 15 minutes of beauty rest I rolled up my sleeping bag and shoved a bunch of stuff in my waterproof bag. By the time of the COFFEE yell, waking up Jill, I was...

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Aug 4, 2015 - #6 A Whitewater (well actually sort of chocolate) Extravaganza

By Tuesday August 4 we would be in the very heart of Grand Canyon National Park. This was to be a day of spectacular rapids running (21 rated rapids at the end of this 43 mile day) combined with a small dose of civilization (well sort of). As usual we were up with the sun by shortly after 6:00 and this morning the staff surprised us with blueberry pancakes, sausage, yogurt and fresh fruit. Mighty fine. Mikenna warned us all to be ready to get soaked early and often as we had some major whitewater today. We were all packed up and heading...

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Aug 3, 2015 - #5 The Little Colorado

On Monday, August 3 we were all again awakened at daybreak. Breaking camp and doing our bags was still a royal pain, but at least we were getting quicker and modestly more organized. Breakfast this morning was eggs to order, bacon, sausage, toast (cooked on the propane grill), coffee and juice - very tasty. Since all of us collectively were speeding up the wake up / departure process, we were on our way down river 15 minutes earlier than Sunday on a beautiful sunny morning. Once on the way it was easy to spot the difference 50 miles and...

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Aug 2, 2015 - #4 "COFFEE"

Our first full day on the river began about 6:00 with the loud call from Alex of “COFFEE” serving as our wake up call. Unfortunately, a few folks who had chosen campsites on a small peninsula at river’s edge had been awakened a bit earlier in the night to the sound of nearby lapping water. Seems that with the very hot weather in Vegas and points south, the demand for electricity called for greater flow through Glen Canyon Dam. Luckily we were only talking a 6” river rise and nothing got too wet, though the campers found themselves on an...

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Aug 1, 2015 - #3 Who Can You Trust?

As usual when we’re going somewhere, Jill was up easily 10 minutes before the alarm on Saturday morning. All went pretty well with our clean up and final packing decisions, and we had the suitcases stored and all of our river “luggage” downstairs and ready to go by 5:45. Surprisingly, the Wisconsin Rapids family had not arrived during the evening so Amanda was busily trying to track them down to see if they had backed out or whatever. All 16 of us had ourselves and our luggage on the bus at 6:10 when Amanda came on board and told us the bus...

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