What an amazing birthday gift from my daughter and hiking buddy Natascha.
For my 60th birthday she arranged and set up our RIM2RIM three day hike in the Grand Canyon.
Starting early with about a four hour shuttle from the village at the South Rim with https://www.trans-canyonshuttle.com we headed toward the North Rim and camped at the North Rim campgrounds.
The North Rim campground fills up fast but worth the effort.
We Started the next day at 4:00 am getting ready for the three day “23.8” mile hike to the South Rim.
One of my favorite moment was watch Natascha sense of awe in this amazing place.
Bright Angel Creek at Manzanita rest stop.
Heading into Cottonwood Campground.
Bright Angel Creek at Phantom Ranch.
The Phantom Ranch Cafe and restaurant. What a cool place….literally.
I ask the resident forest ranger and she told me this was the correct temperature.
Thus the reason we were always looking for shade.
A group that was camping close to us decided to leave before breakfast so they gave us their tickets and we accepted gladly:)
Yep, we used the mule mail system.
These animals were well cared for and not abused.
Somehow I was able to capture this Milky Way shot with my GoPro laying on a picnic table. # Grateful!
The reason I did not bring my Sony full frame gear was obviously because the weight in my back pack.
At the Colorado River and ready for the hike to Indian Gardens.
What a great trip ….what a great experience with the best daughter a dad could ever ask for.
Thanks again Natascha for making another memory. We will never look at the Grand Canyon the same ever again.
RIM2RIM hike June 20-23, 2018