The Grand Canyon

Early to bed and early to rise (very, both) comes naturally thanks to the time change. So, up and out at 5.30am in case there’s any sun-rise.

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Not really. But all to ourselves as we walked East along the beautifully made rim trail with its bronze insets representing geological time as one long pace for a million years and examples of the different ages of rock mounted as you go. Little sighting tubes cleverly directing your eye to features, usually lost in mist.

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But wonderfully evocative glimpses repaid our venture through what was often driving snow.

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Coffee and a hot croissant at the visitors centre cafe after four miles, then in to see an excellent big-screen introductory film show when it opened at 8.00, then back to Bright Angel Lodge on the free shuttle bus.

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After a rest we emerged into sunshine and the mist completely cleared from the view…

Red route shuttle bus 9 stops west to Hermit’s Rest at the far end of the rim trail. Slow, multilingual queue for tuna sandwiches and a bottle of florescent green liquid from the deeply unhurried, muffled-up snack-bar lady doing everything herself.

Walk home along the trail indescribable. So just a couple of pictures here:

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Groups and families of every nation. Only a few seemed to be walking more than a couple of bus stops. Probably the serious walkers take the trail down into the canyon.

Everywhere a wonderful absence of Thou shalt not notices. Great to be treated as responsible grown-ups as we constantly skirt unguarded precipices.

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Not at all the stereotype of American risk-aversion which excuses so much intrusive nannying back home. Interesting…

More driving wind and this time hail for the last couple of miles home. 12½ miles total for the day. Stiffish but coping well, and amazing Rohan trousers immediately bone dry so that they were fine for supper in the evening.

Lights out at 8.30.

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