|The sign basically says you’re going to die if you go to the river and back in a day|
We started about 4:30 am and descended the South Kaibab Trail via headlamp. This trail is pretty steep and it may have been a good thing we weren’t taking our eyes off of it site seeing. We got to Phantom Ranch just as the Sun began to come up and the guys got their first views of their surroundings.
|North Kaibab Trail parallels Bright Angel Creek|
|The canyon is narrow here due to the hard schist rock|
|We stopped often and took pictures to take in the experience|
|Grand Canyon is far from the desolate landscape often depicted in photos|
|Looking back to where we started just a few hours before|
|Colors changing in valley below the trail|
|Lookout just below North Rim|
|Brad on the descent|
|Typical view about half way between rim and residence|
|This bridge made for a great photo opportunity|
|Shane and Brad at the ranger residence|
|One of four bridges that cross Bright Angel Creek in inner gorge|
|Black Bridge crosses the Colorado River|
|Looking down at Bright Angel Campground from South Kaibab Trail|
Going up the South Kaibab Trail can most accurately be described as a slog. Only a handful of flattish sections justify the energy expenditure of running. The trail is steep and relentless. However, we chatted it up and we treated to the expansive views of Grand Canyon that we missed earlier.
Typical view heading up S. Kaibab Trail
On the way home Shane and I stopped for a burger and a beer to celebrate and fill our hungry bellies. In a show of endurance that pales the double crossing, Shane put down a 1/2 pound bacon cheeseburger and onion rings and promptly ordered another and crushed the second burger without flinching. Very impressive indeed sir. I also have to give a shout out to Brad’s show of endurance by putting up with mine and Shane’s ridiculous banter all day. In a word, it was SMUTty and Brad took it like a champ.