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Bright Angel to Indian Garden, AZ
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Bright Angel to Indian Garden, AZ 
Bright Angel to Indian Garden, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 16 2014
Backpack4.77 Miles 298 AEG
Backpack4.77 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   1.69 mph
298 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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After an expensive but good breakfast at Maswick Lodge and a Grand Canyon lesson from Clyde for the group, it was finally time for the long anticipated trip down to Indian Garden. Once the group picture (by 6 cameras and one gracious woman and her son) was done, we were off in the brisk temperatures down into the canyon with 11 of us. I started out as the sweeper. Yes, your Tibber was assisting on this Beginner Backpack trip into the Grand Canyon (beginners for the GC, not backpacking altho this was one gal's second BP). This trip involved 3 different MeetUp groups including ABC, BCH and CBC of SF

Of course, there's the first gawk at the first tunnel and at the Battleship below. Ed kept an eye on that as we slowly made our way down the trail. Just past the tunnel to your left is the first set of glyphs that we stopped to admire while trying to stay out of the way of the passing traffic. Twenty minutes later we were at the second tunnel; I tried to get pics and movies of some of our group coming through as Clyde (our trip leader) had already moved me to the head of the pack. Interesting side note is that all 3 times I've been down in the canyon, Clyde has been on those trips.

Members of our group would ask questions, especially about the layers, and I or Clyde would do our best to answer. Clyde was much better at this. However, I had a bandana attached to my pack that Wendy had given me that showed the layers so I would refer to that :lol: . Many of the folks were picture takers so I would try and stop at areas that might provide some nice photo ops. Needless to say, I was delighted at so many photographers :) being along for the ride.

A little less than an hour later we arrived at the spot where you can climb up to the second set of glyphs. 3 of our group climbed up to them for a closer look. There is a plaque up there. I filmed and took pictures from the trail. We continued down the trail and happened to look up and see a contrail high above us jetting out from the canyon rim; the sun was hitting it just perfectly. We stopped briefly at the 1 1/2 mile house, still hiking in the shade. By a little after 11 we were already at the 3 mile house where we stopped for 15 minutes. Here Ed remarked "look, we're now below the Battleship".

After waiting for one lingering member of the 11, we headed down the trail and Jacob's Ladder for the last of our hike to Indian Garden. The group hiked ahead while a few of us stayed toward the back. My toes were definitely feeling it by now so it looks like I need to tighten up the foot box area of my boots next time. It was hard to film and use my poles to help with the hike down and down and down. And to think I have to come up this in a couple days, yikes! At around 12:15 we were at the big group camp area as everyone tried to find the perfect spot and Clyde explained to them about hanging their packs and which verandas were ours, etc.

Everyone seemed to have fared well and was no worse for wear. I even remembered everyone's names except one time when I called George, Kyle. We would have our lunch and a nap before heading out for Benchmark 3702 and Plateau Point for dinner. Yep, this was a great start :D for eveyone's venture into the big GRAND CANYON.

Video from our hike down:
to second glyphs -
from glyphs to Indian Garden -
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Cheops Pyramid The Battleship
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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