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Apr 19 2013

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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Rim Trail, AZ 
Grand Canyon Rim Trail, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2013
Hiking3.00 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
190 ft AEG
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My Dad, who took us to the canyon when I was 11 in a Ford Galaxy 500 station wagon, flew in from Florida to see it once more. We arrived in the early afternoon, in time to hit the Rim Trail at the Hermit Transfer and head west. At 74, Pickleball has kept his cardio pretty strong, so first he wanted to bop down the Bright Angel to see how the elevation and grade would feel. I thought he did great but he decided we should probably stick to the rim, which was fine by me, never having done the edge.
We started along the Rim Trail, the first section paved and uphill. Right away we came upon an alter of sorts, with great views and seating. Another 50 yards or so an outcropping took it to the next level, with 270 degree views but safe access. From there the trail wound through the forest and a group of 5 deer that foiled my attempts at portraiture. Trailview, Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, and finally Mohave Point all had a different layout and character, each suited to a different time of day. The sun was setting so we stopped at Mohave, where we were lucky enough to see some killer lenticular clouds form right over the canyon. :y:
When the light had died, we hopped on the shuttle, then back to Tusayan for the $14 spaghetti with meatballs and salad bar. The group across from us had Tequila and a hot tub lined up for later, perhaps the only two things that could have made the day any better.
Lenticular Cloud
The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.
average hiking speed 1.5 mph

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