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April 10, 2007

Did you even notice I was gone, because I know I’ve been quiet in March?  But for the last 11 days I was on vacation, and then recovering from vacation.  My husband, friend and I went on a whirlwind tour of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.  What an amazing trip!  Vegas was fun, fun, fun. We had two full days in Vegas - Friday and Saturday. The Cubs were in town so we saw their last spring training game.  We saw Legends In Concert, a great celebrity impersonator show.  And the rest of our time was spent on a wildlife tour:  big cats and dolphins at the Mirage, butterflies at the Bellagio, flamingos and turtles at the Flamingo, lion cubs at the MGM Grand, and sharks, fishes, and other sea creatures at Mandalay Bay.  This was a kid-friendly activity for those of you with little ones.  And of course we gambled a little bit.

gcsunsetOn Sunday we left early for the Grand Canyon.  Wow.  It is huge.  I knew it was huge from flying over it, but when you actually stand there you feel pretty insignificant.  Amazing.  We hiked part of the Rim Trail after we arrived on Sunday, and then hung around to see the sunset.  On Monday morning, we woke up to see the canyon at sunrise.  The change in colors of the canyon and the sky were fantastic.  After a hearty breakfast, we hiked the Bright Angel Trail down to 3 Mile Resthouse, a descent of approximately 2000 feet over 3 miles.  And then we hiked up.  It was tough.  I did pretty well up to 1.5 Mile Resthouse.  From about mile 1.5 to .5 I think I stopped at every switchback.  Finally I turned a corner and could see the lodge and I knew I would make it and I did the last half mile without stopping.  That might have also been about the time my goo pack kicked in.  But I did it, in 5 hours and 52 minutes (including breaks), and it was a feeling of accomplishment.  We rested for a little bit and got up to take a ranger led walk to view the canyon by the light of a full moon.  Tuesday we stopped to see the Watchtower and then started our drive to Bryce Canyon.

brycecanyonBryce Canyon was spectacular.  Completely different from the Grand Canyon.  We saw Bryce at sunset (Tuesday night), by the light of the full moon (Tuesday night, after we did laundry), and sunrise (Wednesday morning).  If we hadn’t seen the sign for the full moon walk at the Grand Canyon, we never would have thought to take in the view at either park, and was it something to see.  I was surprised by how much I could see, and it was like having the park to ourselves.  At Bryce, we really did have things to ourselves since we did the walk on our own, without a ranger, and I was very relieved we made it back to the car without having met up with a mountain lion.  After sunrise, we decided to take a spontaneous hike on the Rim Trail from Inspiration Point to Bryce Point.  Not the brighest move since we hadn’t eaten breakfast (or anything, for that matter) and we left our packs (with water and food) in the car.  After our 3.2 mile excursion (1.5 hours), we ate a hearty breakfast and prepared ourselves for our planned hike of the Navajo Trail to the Queens Garden Trail to the Rim Trail.

navajotrailGood thing we read our tour book because we knew to descend the steeper Navajo Trail and come back on the easier Queens Garden Trail.  Going down the switchbacks on the Navajo Trail, we were happy to know we didn’t have to dread them on the way back.  A portion of the Navajo Trail was closed due to a rock slide and we broke about seven different regulations to hike and see it.  Obviously we don’t recommend doing this, but the pictures do not do it justice.  The “rocks” were at least six feet tall and six feet wide.  It was nature having her way, but a shame because it blocked a very cool part of the trail.  We doubled back and caught the Queens Garden Trail.  Overall, it was a wonderful hike, actually walking among the hoodoos.  The trip back up to the rim was a comfortably challenging hike.  The total excursion took us a little less than 3 hours, including breaks.

This brings us to Thursday, which I will continue with in my next post. 


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