Grand Canyon and the Inverted Hike

May 17, 2013

Photo May 13, 7 20 15

The Grand Canyon is about pictures. It is overwhelming. Many people in my life have told me about it, but seeing it is truly awe-inspiring. I tried my best to capture its magnificence, but I believe my skill with the lens fell short.

The Canyon

I didn’t officially leave Colorado until I left the Four Corners.

4 Corners

For the first time I could feel the warm air on my face. I drove west across arid landscape blanketed in bristly grasses, swept by stubborn winds, but held fast by proud, colorful buttes.

Going to Arizona

How about this for a big rock in your back yard?

Big Rock

At my feet, the desert gives birth. Can anyone identify?

Color

Color

With the sun starting to sink low in the sky, I caught my first glimpse of canyon lands as I entered the park via the South Rim.

Fissures

After I set up my camp in the national park I rode over to Desert View outlook to get my first glimpse of the canyon.

Desert View

The following morning I awoke early to get sunrise pictures. I was up earlier than anticipated: I had not switched my watch to the new time zone.

Grand Canyon Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Before my day hike into the canyon at Hermit’s Rest via Dripping Springs trail.

Before Hermit's Rest

Atop Hermit's Rest

Starting down the trail.

Hermit's Rest from the start

Hermit's Rest trail

Finding plant life blooming along the trail.

Desert Flower

Can anyone identify?

Lizard

Canyon Flower

Dripping Springs Junction

Into the canyon

Going Down

At the Spring

I grew up going on camping and hiking family vacations. We always climbed up a mountain to start and hiked down to finish. This was the first time I did a long day hike into a canyon – a BIG canyon. I didn’t think about the fact that I had to hike UP to get OUT. OY!  Two o’clock in the afternoon under a blistering heat with not much exercise over these last four weeks of sitting on a motorcycle. It’s time to get my old butt back in shape. I called my hike The Inverted Hike. Oh, did I fail to mention that the rain even followed me to the Grand Canyon?  Some dense clouds spat at me as they laughed uproariously, “See, you can’t even escape us here!” Three days without rain since that sprinkle. I may be asking for rain by the time I cross Nevada and southern California south of Death Valley.

Rain again!

And as I emerged from the canyon and walked along the road to get my motorbike, this is what I saw – an elk.

Elk

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Coming soon: Riding with the Navajo/Hopi Honor Riders!

NHHR

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9 thoughts on “Grand Canyon and the Inverted Hike

  1. Steve,
    that first plant was a Yucca plant. We think that the subspecies is a Torrey’s Yucca, but we’re still researching it. The second plant is a Globemallow flower. Your lizard is a female common collared Lizard.
    I’m really enjoying the pictures you take as you travel along your journey.

    • Jack, you’re right on top of things, buddy! From now on when I have a question about something I see and photograph I’m going to post it because I know you’ll get me an answer. I miss you! Keep exercising that brain. It’s top notch, like you!

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