Point Imperial and N. Kaibab Trail, GCNP

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Hiking---I don't like either the word or the thing.  People ought to saunter in the mountains---not hike! Do you know the origin of that word "saunter"? It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, "A la sainte terre," 'to the Holy Land.' And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them."
                -John Muir quoted by Albert Palmer in A Parable of Sauntering

Sunrise from Bright Angel Point was spectacular!  Only walked part way but it was SO worth getting up at 5:45 AM!



 
 


















































A very nice breakfast buffet in the dining room fueled us for the morning. The nature walk with a park ranger at 8 would not have been memorable except for spotting 2 or 3 Kaibab squirrels and even getting photographs.

















 
By 10:30 we were back on the bus and heading to Point Imperial where we had a geology talk and countless photo ops. We picnicked there, as well.



 













We returned to the lodge briefly and then went back out to North Kaibab Trailhead.  We hiked about 2 hours round trip---seemed like 1 mile down and 3 miles back!  A very challenging trail with some pretty steep inclines plus we had to dodge mule droppings along the way.  We did feel pretty proud to have finished the trek to Coconino Overlook and back!
























We had a nice dinner at the lodge again. Tomorrow we are on the road again to Bryce Canyon---time to pack.



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