I have journeyed into the Grand Canyon several times over the years: on foot, by raft, and by helicopter. The first was by mule in the late 60s. That’s me, second from the top on Charlie. I was sore for a week afterwards. I was a pound over the weight limit, so Charlie kept trying to bite me, plus walk as close to the edge as he could!
The Grand Canyon is truly one of the world’s great natural wonders. It’s celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year and I am quite pleased— and a little proud— that I have been returning there on a regular basis for 50 of those years. I’ve posted on my trips into the Canyon by foot and boat many times. Today, since I am still working on Burning Man photos and don’t have another Pacific Crest Trail post ready yet, I decided to reach back into my WordPress archives and put up some Grand Canyon photos. Happy 100th Grand Canyon!
Sunsets in the Canyon are always spectacular, whether you are on the outside looking in or the inside looking out. This was from an 18 day rafting trip Peggy and I took down the Colorado River with a group of friends.
Peggy and I are sitting above the Colorado River near an ancient Native American site.
Sunset at Zoroaster Campsite on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Don Green.)
You don’t have to hike or backpack, or raft, or fly, or ride grouchy mules to enjoy the beauty of the Canyon. You can drive up, and enjoy numerous pull-offs that give you incredible views.
The mouth of Havasu Creek is a common stop for rafters in the Grand Canyon. Our rafts look small beside the large tour boat. Our trip was based on a lottery that I won for an 18-day private trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Fortunately, I have friends with the expertise necessary to raft the Canyon.
While a veteran crew of boatmen handled the more dangerous parts of our 18 day journey through the Grand Canyon, I was allowed near oars on some of the tamer sections.
A morning view from out tent.. One of the fascinating things about the Grand Canyon is how it changes in the light.
Numerous side trips away from the river provided opportunities to explore other parts of the Canyon.
We were treated to views like this.
Waterfalls along Deer Creek.
This was a delightful waterfall, but I didn’t realize we were expected to jump off!
Jamie Wilson demonstrates.
This huge cavern is found along the river and is known as Redwall Cavern.
Another river view.
Looking up the Little Colorado River just above where it flows into the Colorado River. Note the water color and the mineral deposits.
With Steve at the oars, Peggy and I enter the infamous Lava Falls on the Colorado River, a perfect ten… that’s 10 as in rapids don’t get any more serious. There was a point where we disappeared under the water. (Photo by Don Green)
Bone, of course, went along on the raft trip and had his own life vest. Here, he decided that it was time for a photo op on the edge of a Sotar Raft.
Here he enjoys a perch on top of a barrel cactus. Don’t try this at home, kids. Or anywhere else.
Peggy stands next to Deer Creek Falls, a short walk from the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
I’ll conclude with a final sunset view from one of our campsites.
NEXT POST: Either on Burning Man or the Pacific Crest Trail. Depends on what I get done. (grin)