HANGING OUT AT GRAND CANYON LODGE AND RELAXING
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TEXAS HOLD'EM ADDICTS & EATING LIKE A PIG......
Another wonderful morning in paradise, I want this feeling every day. We all had breakfast. Amy had pre made eggs and spinach. She just had to scramble it. I had my normal breakfast. I made RJ and I scrambled eggs, cheese, and hot dog MESS. Again we all played chess and SPEED until we got the call that we are heading out to Grand Canyon lodge. We played SPEED for an hour. I pretty slow but after a few games i can be a speed champ like before.
There were short quarter mile hikes behind the lodge to see the view of the north rim.
Us 7 decided to go shopping and decide what to do. We were planning to find a spot to play cards and eat our snacks. We decided to hike bright angel trail. My poor feet were hurting that I just wore my flip flops and socks. I hate my hiking shoes. I plan to purchase a new pair before NZ. The hike is paved which is much better. There were plenty of rocks to go jump on which I love to do; however, I donâ��t have the proper shoes for it.
BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL
One of only two fully maintained hiking routes into the Grand Canyon from the south rim, the Bright Angel Trail begins near the main visitor complex, at the start of the Hermit's Rest road, and follows the course of Garden Creek, reaching the Colorado after 9.5 miles and a descent of over 4,500 feet. This is the most popular trail in the national park, and the 'easiest' by which to hike to the river, although most hikers turn back a long way before - one common target is the first of two rest stations after 1.5 miles (the other is after 3 miles), which makes for a round trip of 2 hours or so.
Start of the Trail: Much of the well used and often very dusty trail is along the Garden Creek side canyon so the views are more restricted than those on the other main rim to river route (the South Kaibab, which follows a ridge downwards) but the scenery is of course still breathtaking. Many people prefer to travel by horse or mule, which requires reservations many months in advance. Livestock have priority on the trails they use so travelers on foot have to stop and let them pass, and since the mules walk in convoys of a dozen or more and can be slow moving as well as quite smelly, they can be rather a nuisance.
Indian Garden: Some of the steepest sections of the Bright Angel Trail are near the start, where the path descends quickly through the Coconino, Hermit and Esplanade strata, via many switchbacks. The second rest station is close to the tree-lined spring at Indian Garden (also the location of a primitive campsite and a ranger cabin) and is more appropriate for an all-day hike; beyond this the path divides - the left branch remains almost level, crossing a flat layer of Tapeats sandstone for two miles to Plateau Point which has great views of the Colorado along the inner canyon gorge.
The River: The main trail continues steeply down Garden Creek, past the junction with another large drainage (Pipe Creek), and on to the Colorado; it then runs alongside for a while, traversing the hillside about 50 feet above the water, before crossing the river on a suspension bridge.
It was about 3pm. we all decided to go back to the site to have a snack and cook dinner. We all wanted to watch the sun set as well. I made myself a turkey sandwich before building my fire and collecting wood. The guys played chess and James washed the dishes. We decided that we were going to cook the last of our breakfast with dinner.
I wanted to walk to at the back of the campgrounds to watch the sun set. I walked on the opposite direction where I was with the guys on Friday. I found transept trail. The canyon had a beautiful orange hue. I love that color. I took some photos and I walked north on the trail to find a perfect spot to watch the sun set. I sat and watched the sun set.
Then I walked back to the site and began to start the fire and cook. We cooked the last of the chicken kababs, spinach omelet, sausages, steaks, canned beef stew, bbq beans, chili, ravioli, and songâ��s leftover spaghetti sauce and pasta. GOOD GOD SO MUCH FOOD!!!!! Shockingly I was not full but satisfied.
Shortly thereafter, we cleaned up not only dinner but pre cleaned and packed what we donâ��t need in the morning. We needed more light. I need to purchase a minerâ��s light. We played Texas holdâ��em until the fire died, which was about 12am. Poor Amanda was our dealer and she dealt for over 2 hours. It was very consistent. Everybody won equally. Even RJ was low on money. We were teaching James and Cathy how to play too. Effffing beginners luck BOTH OF THEM had stacks of money. PHEW!!!! Thanked goodness it was just play money. We were using RJâ��s pennies and nickels. We are die hards HAHAHAH. It was freezing cold and we were outside playing cards. However, the fire was keeping us warm. I think when we go back to Vegas.
The road to Grand Canyon's North Rim ends at Bright Angel Point beside Grand Canyon Lodge, from where most people, on first arriving, make the short walk south to the main canyon viewpoint, a place usually very busy. A more peaceful encounter with this part of the gorge, albeit lacking such far reaching views, is provided by the easy, mostly level Transept Trail which follows the canyon rim from the lodge to the North Rim Campground, 1.5 miles away. The path runs through mixed pine, oak and aspen woodland along the edge of The Transept, a deep but relatively short tributary of the much longer Bright Angel Canyon; it also provides a backdrop for the first few miles of the even less traveled Widforss Trail.
The Path: The path begins directly below Grand Canyon Lodge, in view of those sunbathing on the open-air terrace next to the cafe, from where it heads north, passes a railing-protected viewpoint then runs beneath a row of log cabins. These comprise just a few of the 200 rooms available at the lodge, but are some of the most desirable as they have partial canyon views though the pine trees. Next, the trail moves away from the rim for a short distance, to avoid a short side canyon, before climbing back to the edge of the Transept, and following it northwards.
Views: The Transept is particularly steep on the far (west) side, where sheer cliffs of the Coconino, Supai and Redwall layers fall 2,500 feet almost vertically down, and form part of a straight ridge extending south as far as Oza Butte, beyond which the land drops away at the edge of Bright Angel Canyon.