August 3rd - A busy morning and a shopping
afternoon. This morning Lesley and Kim and Chris went down Bright
Angel Trail to the One-and-a-Half Mile House. When I say down, I
mean down. I' m not sure of the vertical drop but I would estimate
1,000 feet. It took them about 3 hours round-trip. Meanwhile,
Dave took the much tamer South Rim Trail to Yavapai Point, about 1.5 miles.
I was resting my Achilles tendon; besides, I don't do well on the verticals.
I took the shuttle bus back and met the rest of the family shortly after
they climbed back out of the canyon. Then we had a surprisingly good
and pleasant lunch at the Bright Angel restaurant. Then, back to
the room for a short rest, then about a mile walk to the Visitors Center
where Kim and Chris received their Junior Ranger certificates and pins.
They completed several questions based on their observations of nature
around the park. They had done the same type of program at Zion.
Some shopping, and then out of the park to McDonalds and the IMAX theater
presentation on the Grand Canyon. Back in time to just miss the sunset
(see almost sunset picture below). Getting organized to leave early
morning - it should be a sparse picture day. Ciao!
Some nice pix below.