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Rim Trail - GC South Rim - 18 members in 92 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 22 2019
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2019
mt98dew
Hiking3.20 Miles 200 AEG
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Combined the stats of two hikes into one. This was a post (day after) R2R hike. A little stiff but not too bad. Early morning walk from the lodge to the general store. Ilke's fire(?) caused a horrible haze throughout the canyon. General store rocks! Great selection though prices are high....though Mountain Dew is cheaper than in the valley :D . Bussed back with groceries. Later morning hike with wife and daughter up to Lookout Point. This section of the rim trail provided great views of Bright Angel Trail. Much nicer to be looking down on that trail than coming up it :sweat: . Bussed back to the lodge. Nice, easy way to wrap up the canyon.
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Aug 11 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2019
LJW
Hiking22.53 Miles 5,600 AEG
Hiking22.53 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   3.07 mph
5,600 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Left Phoenix at 11:30pm on Saturday in order to beat the sun by a few hours and avoid the heat down low in the canyon but also to see some stars. Parked close to the Bright Angel Trailhead at 3:20am and headed in the direction of The South Rim/South Kaibab TH. Used a headlamp in the dark and took roads and some stretches of the Rim Trail. The canyon was completely black, and because the moon was off to the horizon and obscured by clouds, the stars lived up to the hype. The band of the Milky Way was visible, as were shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower about every ten or twenty seconds. Turns out the climax was to be the nights of the 12th and 13th.

It was a 5.5 mile walk to the S Kaibab Trailhead. Headlamps bobbed in the darkness below, splashing light on the canyon walls. Headed down as pre-dawn light lit the trail. Got stuck behind some mules bringing supplies for Phantom Ranch, but they let me pass at the first opening. The air was cool until just passed the Tip Off as the trail dropped down toward the black bridge. Only a few groups of people on Kaibab that early, mostly going down, but one coming up who had gotten an early start on Bright Angel.

Passed a mule train on the black bridge, but from there to Bright Angel I didn't see anyone. It's a strange feeling being on the bottom of The Grand Canyon, especially with no one in sight. From the river to Indian Gardens there were several groups of backpackers coming up and people making a mid-day trip down to the river and back. I was surprised how many people do this. Overall, not too many people until the last two and a half miles. From there I fought against the current of tourists who were mostly all apparently very much in a hurry.

Temperatures were a little warm on the ascent of Bright Angel, but with water at all the stops it's a non-factor with an early start. That said, I planned on bringing all the water I would need and brought 5.5 liters. Drank it all plus a little at the camp by the river.

If I were to do this one again I would do it as a shuttle and try to include a trip to Phantom Ranch/Plateau Point. I think either/both would be very doable without the extra mileage of crossing on foot along the rim.
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Apr 21 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Road Biking avatar Apr 21 2019
chumley
Road Biking6.83 Miles 483 AEG
Road Biking6.83 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   5.06 mph
483 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Spent a couple of hours riding along the rim. Heading out toward Yaki is definitely the way to go. The trail is right on the edge and the crowds are exponentially less than over toward the village.
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Nov 08 2018
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2018
mt98dew
Hiking10.31 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking10.31 Miles   3 Hrs      3.44 mph
200 ft AEG
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Belated post. Did this hike a few weeks ago. Got off work early and headed up to the Canyon with the hopes of getting a few hikes in. Got up there around 1:30 in the afternoon (no line to get into the park :) . Bought an annual pass with the hopes of making several forays in the next year). Since I hadn't hiked any of the trails on the South side, I started off with this overview (literally) of the Canyon's southern rim trail. Started from the Visitor Center. But actually walked what was called the Village Parkway Trail. This paralleled the road and didn't offer any Canyon views. I kept expecting some sort of connector trail that would allow access to the rim. This never materialized. Though I did see several elk browsing in the woodscape. By the time I reached the Village I had made way over to the rim trail. So technically I didn't start the Rim Trail until I got to the El Tovar Hotel. As I made my way west the crowds were prevalent for the first mile until I reached Maricopa Point. And it is during that first mile from El Tovar that the greatest elevation change occurs...and it's really not that much, just a steep hill. For the most part, this is a very flat trail. The trail is paved for maybe 2 miles past El Tovar and then for the final 2 miles to Hermits Rest and these section would frequently leave the rim view as the trail went from one viewing point to another. The middle 5-6 miles is unpaved and can get rather close to the edge. The views were astounding. The trails (paved/unpaved) were in great shape and easy to follow and after Hopi point, I had them to myself for the most part. Some of the viewing points seemed congested, but I imagine they can be much worse during different times of the year. Made it to Hermits Rest and then caught one of the last shuttle back to the Visitor Center. Saw some elk while I was on the Village Parkway Trail, but otherwise no wildlife.
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Jun 05 2018
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Rim Trail - Mather Point to Pipe Crk OverlookNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.40 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.76 mph
50 ft AEG
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I started this a little east of Pipe creek Overlook. I did an out and back on a nice paved trail. Lots of nice views along the way. I like the view from Mather Point. It has a good view of Cheops Plateau. The one Canyon summit I've done(with help). No inner Canyon trips for me this year. This was the one section of the Rim Trail I needed to finish it. I climbed the Desert View Watchtower on the way out of the park for some more cool views.
On an (I'm old) side note. I locked the car up before the hike and when I got back I noticed I left the window down... :o
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Dec 21 2017
hoopshiker
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 Joined Nov 15 2016
 Glendale, Arizon
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2017
hoopshiker
Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   5.71 mph
300 ft AEG      8 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Went on a run on the Rim Trail along the South Rim after work one day while I was there. Started off hiking fast/jogging but I soon started to focus on running more on the first half of my trip. I started from Mather Point and ended up at the Lookout Studio where I took a short break. Lookout Studio is one of my favorite spots at the South Rim and I thought it was cool my run just ended there naturally without planning. I had a 38 minute split the first half and a 25 minute split my second half of the run. I could not believe the number of tourists taking selfies so close to the edge of the canyon. When I was running a small man from Asia made a mad dash toward the canyon and ran right into me. He did not even look where he was going he was just so mesmerized by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. Getting around was tricky sometimes, the number of tourists at times was overwhelming. A few days after Christmas the entrance line was out past the airport in Tusayan and we broke some kind of record for sales within one hour at the Deli.
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Jul 09 2017
Booneman
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog10.00 Miles 630 AEG
Run/Jog10.00 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   7.89 mph
630 ft AEG
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Ran from Mather Campground to Mather Point to Maricopa Point and back to the campground.
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Oct 14 2016
MikeS
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 Goodyear, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2016
MikeS
Hiking1.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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Walked with kids around Rim Trail on Hermit bus
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Nov 29 2015
Dave1
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 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Phantom Canyon - UpperNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dave1
Backpack38.00 Miles 11,308 AEG
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Had a few things I wanted to accomplish for this trip: check out the cave that JJ found below a certain temple that I don't want to name online and be put on some government list, find a rare agave (agave phillipsiana) found in Phantom Canyon and just 3 other places in GCNP, finish off the River Trail (I had never done the section between the bridges), check out a ruin in the area that I had just read about, and, if I had enough time, climb up to Cheops Pyramid. Happily I was able to check off 4 out of the five.

Went down BA trail the first day and stayed at BA campground. The nights are long in the canyon this time of year and I was asleep by 6pm :o Thankfully my noisey neighbors made sure I didn't get too much sleep. Next day went up to Utah Flats and then explored around Phantom and Haunted Canyons. Spent a cold night (21 degrees) below Cheops. Hiked out on the 3rd day.
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Oct 14 2015
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2015
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Hiking2.30 Miles 200 AEG
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In Flagstaff for Fall Break - took a day trip to South Rim. Haven't been here with the kids in 2 years. George is old enough now to not run off the edge - in fact he was a little scared after we talked about holding hands along the edge.

Meandered around at several view points taking bus from stop to stop. Kids worked on junior ranger booklets.
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Sep 05 2015
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
BiFrost
Hiking26.84 Miles 6,506 AEG
Hiking26.84 Miles   14 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
6,506 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
 
We were looking for a good AEG day hike and Rim to Rim seemed like a decent option. But we needed a ride back to South Rim so decided to leave early or late depending on perspective. Parked at South Rim Visitor Center about 9pm and hiked over to South Kaibab TH. It was interesting to see the TH with no people but given the time not a surprise. We headed down the SK in the dark which was uneventful except for gusty winds from nearby thunderstorms. Fortunately we only got the wind and no rain. By the time we reached Black bridge the winds had all dissipated. We stopped at the bathroom at Bright Angel Creek and were greeted by ringtail cats playing in the trees. By this time it was about 1am and we took a break and filled up on water at Phantom. Nice break with no one around again except for one of the workers who passed by heading for the cantina kitchen. We wondered whether he was starting breakfast prep or getting a midnight snack.

Up the North Kaibab Trail was next and the first 3 or 4 miles through the Box is easy walking. This part and Ribbon Falls would have been nice to see in daylight but having already seen both we kept moving. Also we didn't see anyone else on the trial at this point until we were about 1 mile from Ribbon Falls and passed 3 guys doing the exact same trip but in the opposite direction. We reached Cottonwood Camp about 430 and people were already up and moving. Passing through continued on to Manzanita Rest Stop at the pump house where we had another longer break and filled up on water. By this time it was starting to get light as we prepared for the major potion of AEG. Before leaving 3 backpackers from Cottonwood passed by on their way up. With daylight we continued up passed Roaring Springs and Supai Bridge which is probably the best part of the trail. Took another break at Supai Bridge and by this time the south bound hikers were a steady stream. As we got closer to the top we probably passed some 20 or 30 hikers total and 3 mule trains above Supai Tunnel. Finally reached the top much earlier than expected but happy to be done. From there followed the rim Bridal Path Trail over to the lodge with a stop by the showers :D At the lodge we grabbed some lunch and drinks before heading back around on the 2pm shuttle.

Wildlife: 2 scorpions, 2 ring tail cats, 2 tarantulas and 1 skunk
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Sep 05 2015
slowandsteady
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking26.84 Miles 6,506 AEG
Hiking26.84 Miles   14 Hrs   2 Mns   2.26 mph
6,506 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
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We chose to start our Rim to Rim at 9pm. At the time it seemed logical, now that it is over, I'm not sure what really influenced that decision.
We attempted to take an afternoon nap, which turned into more of a sightseeing scout out camp spots errand than actually parking and resting. We needed to catch the 2pm shuttle from the North Rim that would drive us back to the South Rim. I was really nervous about missing this shuttle, so we left the South Rim, earlier than necessary and maybe we could have taken a longer nap.
The weekend before was the Super Moon, so it turned out we had no moon. The moon did not make an appearance until after 2am! We could only see within the light of our headlamps. We are pretty comfortable with South Kaibab, so there was no real fear of walking off or anything.
Stopping to use the restrooms at Phantom Creek, we finally got to see ringtails and see them play for a bit.
Getting from Phantom Ranch to Cottonwood did get a little boring, since we could not see anything.
We took an extended break at the Pumphouse, which has changed to Manzanita since I was here last. We wanted to have daylight for hiking out.
Soon after Roaring Springs, there was an endless stream of hikers coming down. We had to watch out for flailing hiking poles. These hikers were on missions to get somewhere!
We had great views hiking out. We were slowed down by three mule trains. I don't mind sharing the trail, but there is no place to hide from urine spray when they decide to go right next to you! :lol:
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Dave1
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44 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Aug 01 2015
Dave1
Walk / Tour7.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Pulled invasive plants around GC Village, alongside NPS/vegetation staff. Day one we pulled Jointed Goatgrass, Rush Skeletonweed, and Russian Thistle. Day 2 was Bull Thistle, tons of Common Mullein, Horehound, Mediterranean Sage, and Goat's Beard (Tragopogon Dubius - I just like the name). I also found out there's an apple tree in the village. You've probably passed it many times. It's invasive but we let it live... for now. There's also Catnip growing near Maswik but we didn't get to it. After work we got a tour of the park's plant nursery. There they grow most of the common plants found above and below the rim and use them for revegetation areas, new construction, the Orphan Mine, road re-alignments, etc.. All the water used at the nursery is reclaimed sewage. The sewage plant and the nursery are in the same complex.
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Jul 11 2015
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 Chandler, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
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Hiking7.50 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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Rim walk with Mom Dad and brother. AM was delightful as we took our time walking along the rim. Clouds added to the drama :) Its always good to see the Canyon!
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Apr 19 2015
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 Chandler, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog9.00 Miles 200 AEG
Run/Jog9.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   7.71 mph
200 ft AEG
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I did a loop run from Mather Campground to the Yavapai Museum where I picked up the Rim Trail and ran out to Maricopa Point. I turned around and ran along the road back to Mather.
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Jan 03 2015
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking3.00 Miles 198 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Two days hiking in the snow took a toll on my immune system I woke up this morning tired n without a voice...I know what a blessing that might seem to those of you who hike with me :lol:

Stayed home from work, slept a few extra hours then crawled to the rim for a little sightseeing.

Home for another "19 hour nap" and soup.

Daytime temps upper 30's today, sunny again! Less snow IN the canyon still enough on the rim. Took my yaktrax just in case but my boots were just fine this time.
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Jan 01 2015
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 Grand Canyon
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking3.00 Miles 198 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Set out bright and early (around 11am!?) with my newest hiking buddy Jamie. He wanted to take photos I wanted to play in the snow.

Lots of tourists but only near the overlooks with parking.

Snowing lightly. Probably should've worn our yaktrax...eh, oh well. Its fine.

Got some meh shots of snowy canyon goodness but I was cravin' to get my spikes on and hit the trail.

Jamie headed off to Victim Hall to prep for work tonight and I launched off to my "home" to gear up for canyon goodness.

Beautiful day. High in the Upper 20's. Its currently 10:30pm Jan 1st and -2°.

Hippy New Year HAZ!
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Nov 23 2014
Dave1
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Dave1
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Jul 14 2014
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Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking2.08 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking2.08 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.50 mph
104 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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This was a stroll during my lunch break. A rock squirrel wanted to share my lunch, but I didn't share! It was pretty hot, the way it gets right before a good thunderstorm.

I figure if I have more of these lunch breaks I can do the entire Rim Trail a little at a time. I don't always have the opportunity, though.
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Jun 28 2014
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 Andover, NJ
Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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big_load
Hiking4.40 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.20 mph
200 ft AEG
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Mrs. big_load and my cousin G. (who moved to AZ last year) convinced my family to hold a reunion in Flagstaff this year, which naturally meant that most of us had to visit the GC when it was pushing 100F. And since I was involved, it also meant at least some of us were going to hike.

While others rented bikes, a bunch of us hiked from Mather Point to the Geology Museum, while one hardy soul (Mrs. big_load) persevered to El Tovar and back to Mather Point.

After pigging out at the cafeteria (and rehydrating excessively), we waited for sunset to enjoy the final day of this year's Star Party. Some of the highlights were the M5 globular cluster, the Ring Nebula, and Saturn blown big enough to see several moons and gaps in the rings. It was sad to be there without my Uncle Jim, an astronomer who often led such activities, now befuddled with dementia.
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