Well, PageRob and Larry (Squatpuke) have already written this up. In fact PageRob has written a veritable BOOK about this adventure! However, as trip leader and permit holder, I thought I should put a word in, plus a few photos.
Basically, this was just about the most fun backpacking trip I have been on in years. A fun group. It was great to hike with my old pal from San Diego, Ray, who was my very first backpacking pal back in about 1971. I had not seen him for 20 years, and he up and decided to go on this hike, having never before SEEN the Canyon, let alone hiked it. However, he had several recent Sierras trips under his belt, so I thought he would do fine and he did. Larry (squatpuke) had gone on my South Bass trip 3 years ago. And of course, we all know PageRob.
Thanks again to Larry for his fantastic hospitality at his home in Flag both before and after the hike. To Rob for all the wonderful information about geology and fossils, etc., etc., plus the fact he knows a whole bunch of off-the-wall songs like the ones I know. And to Ray, for keeping us in stitches (and groans), and for driving (and for successfully demonstrating the California Stop.)
Just read the other write-ups! http://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=1443&UID=0
It was fun to hear Ray call me by my old nickname again, too,