the long, straight roads of western new mexico.
yeah, i take pictures of myself sometimes.
View from the south rim
look at all that dust - it was really windy!
i call it "dust smog"
mountains in the distance!
they're getting closer...
Looking back up from where we came
Looking back from where we came
josh and em walking towards the canyon for the first time.
me at the bright angel area...
View of North Rim from about halfway down the South Kaibab
that's a long way down and a long way across!
Rady looking out over the entire canyon
sunburst, need to remove my finger!
View from an overlook about halfway down the South Kaibab trail
every rock cries out...
an old telescope that shows notable landmarks. put in place in 1922.
The inner canyon from the South Kaibab trail
Each peak has a unique name, like Zoroaster or Vishnu's Temple. They're all named after pagan gods. Weird.
This was our view for lunch on the first day.
There are caves everywhere.
The inner canyon from above.
The long, straight South Kaibab trail - descending to the inner canyon.
Indian Paintbrush in the desert!
Indian paintbrush in the desert!
Our trail from above. That's a long way down.
Our first view of the river.
Still going down...
Hard to tell from this photo, but that's a LONG way down and a very steep dropoff!
Another steep dropoff.
Inner canyon from above, again.
Very random sign - maybe halfway?
The desert is such a dry, hot place. This photo brings that back to memory.
An emergency phone hooked up to a trans-canyon phone line? Really?!
That bridge is NOT as small as it appears from above.
That bridge is also not small.
Looking back up at the inner canyon rim.
Almost to the river.
Crossing the black suspension bridge.
The river looks calm, but those currents are strong!
The black suspension bridge.
We made it to Bright Angel! The tourist's paradise.
The black suspension bridge from below.
Old school Native housing. Those rooms are super small.
Bright Angel creek. Doesn't look like the Grand Canyon anymore, does it?
The trail from Bright Angel to Cottonwood Campground. Day 2.
Rocks on day 2.
That's an odd rock.
More telephone poles. Those were erected in 1935.
Trees grow in weird places.
I think a waterfall flows here at some point in the year.
More waterfall views.
The trail from Bright Angel to Cottonwood Campground. Day 2. Bright Angel Creek.
Indian paintbrush in the desert.
Ribbon falls from below.
Our first glance of Ribbon Falls.
Shenanigans ridge above.
Ribbon falls - an oasis in the desert.
Cottonwood trees in the desert? What?!
These plants are all over the place.
South rim at sunrise.
How'd you like to live here? A painter lived here and raised his family here. Incredible.
Heading up to the North Rim.
The source of Bright Angel Creek and also all the water to the South Rim and everywhere in between.
North Rim, ho!
Love those cloud formations over the rocks!
What?! Evolution doesn't explain everything? Evidence of a large, sudden flood? Hmmm...
There's no water on the North Kaibab trail.
Up. Always hiking up.
That water is turned off.
Looking back at the North Kaibab.
The North Rim is right there. Only 2 miles and 1500 feet up to go!
Don't tell my mom - I hung my feet over this 1000 foot dropoff.
Those steps are not good for hiking.
There's that snow everyone's talking about.
The best view we got from around the North Rim.
Yep, 500 feet down.
That sign is 6 or 7 feet tall.
We made it!
Lots of snow on the North Rim.
So much snow.
Deciduous trees in the desert. Crazy.
Adding our name to the list of adventurers.
Sunrise on the last day.
A random mining cave.
We're almost to the top. Must... keep... breathing.