Arizona, GRAND CANYON, RIM2RIM

GRAND CANYON RIM 2 RIM FOR MY 60TH

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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.

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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.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232489

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.

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One of my favorite moment was watch Natascha sense of awe in this amazing place.

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Bright Angel Creek at Manzanita rest stop.

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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.

Getting there.

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

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Arizona, leadership, outdoors

Adventure By Jeep To Hunt’s Mesa

Hunts Mesa is a rock formation located in Monument Valley, south of the border between Utah and Arizona in the United Statesand west of the border between Arizona’s Navajo County and Apache County. It is one of two popular interior destinations in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for tourists to experience panoramic views of the popular sandstone formations from a distance. The other is Mystery Valley. A Navajo guide is required to hike to either.

Hunts Mesa forms the southeastern edge of Monument Valley and the northern edge of Little Capitan Valley. Its elevation is 6,365.[1] Access to Hunts Mesa is not through the general entrance of the park but rather through the sand dunes northeast of the town of Kayenta, Arizona.

Thank you Toby York for the adventure by Jeep.

 

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Arizona, Yarnell Hill Fire

My life tomorrow is Yarnell Hill

Tomorrow we will head to Yarnell Az…. I know we will help clean up the carnage starting at the little Assembly of God church and then begin to reach out from there,

Here are a few pics from last weeks touch….More to come from this weeks ministry.

Pastor Steve

http://www.discoveryprescott.com

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To help Yarnell meet us at Discovery’s offices every Wednesday @ 7:00 a.m.

520 Westt Sheldon Street  Suite 6

Prescott Az.

710-0750

Bless Yarnell in Jesus Name.

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Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors

THE RAINBOW RIM/GRAND CANYON RIDE

We planned this trip to take place the first part of October so we could still get there in time for the color change of the leaves.

The timing was perfect,

After ride on some amazing singletrack through the full colors the trail would then open up to the miles of Grand views of color.

This view is from the north rim looking toward the south rim. The south rim is about 20 miles away and about 1000 feet below the north rim.

Dave Sewell and his new Rocky Mtn 29er. _ This guy never gets lost…He is a human compass.

One of my favorite moments.

Now for a few pics of our campsite with no fees and campfires allowed.

One of the coolest things was see a California Condor…. This is CC #92.

We are planning another trip to the north rim next October.

Here are the Strava maps.

http://app.strava.com/activities/23877487

http://app.strava.com/activities/23877687

Good stuff

Steve

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Arizona, Mountain biking

NEW SECTION OF THE ARIZONA TRAIL

This newest section of the Arizona Trail begins at the bottom of Snowbowl road and climbs up just past the Aspen Corner trail head.

http://app.strava.com/runs/10914447/embed/a0fece9c9275cff1225879dd5d2aa4e7bff0c0ba

The trail opened up in September of 2011 and according to Ben (left who helped design and build much of the trail) took ten years to complete.

Headed back up to the AZ trail next Saturday with some friends to ride it again before the monsoons hit.

Here are the pics from our group ride.

 

 

We typically ride this section of the  Az trail twice a year. Summer for the green and fall for the colors.

What an amazing place …What an amazing space of nature and beauty.

Steve

http://www.aztrail.org/

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