Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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On Saturday, 23rd October, we arrived at Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon National Park. It was cold and grey, but after an hour of spreading our soggy tent out on rocks, we managed to get it dry enough to pitch, and we had a new home amongst the junipers and pinon trees. We set off to go and look at the famous hole in the ground, when Darrell had a close encounter with an elk on the campground, who clearly didn't like having her photo taken!
After setting up camp we drove to an ordinary parking lot, like any other tourist parking lot, walked a few hundred yards, then...ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Nothing prepares you for the immensity of that view and our photos can't do it justice.
Saturday night at the campsite was cold, and since Arizona isn't on Summer Time, it was dark by 6:00 pm, so we went to bed at 8:30! The next morning at an equally cold breakfast, we were raided by some very bold little birds who wanted some of our cereal. We've also seen deer, squirrels, chipmunks and also some huge, scary ravens who were tearing apart some campers' polystyrene cooler.
We hiked down into the Grand Canyon on the South Kaibab trail, as far as Skeleton Point, about 3 miles each way. Doesn't sound like much, but when you do 2000 feet of descent, you really know about it on the way up again! The round trip took about 4 hours, but we weren't even halfway down - the whole down and up thing would take about 12 hours, and there are only 10 hours of daylight!