Highs and Lows
Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
32Trip End Apr 26, 2014
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Yesterday, Friday, we again walked over to Market Square and caught the Blue Route bus. Our plan, however, was different. We'd talked with some folks from Olympia, Washington, who tipped us off to the beauty of Yaki Point. This point is at the extreme eastern end of the Park. We were looking to ride the Orange Route bus to access it. The Blue Bus got us to the transfer point.
Once again, we hiked a bit and rode a bit. We stopped, by bus, at the South Kaibab Trailhead and took a hike down. This is the Mule Train access point and one of the few places one can hike down the six-thousand or so feet of altitude into the Canyon. The presence of mules was clearly evident by their "trademark" on the trail itself. We hiked down only from 7,300' to about 7, 000 feet, a distance I'd estimate at about a half mile, round trip. It's relatively steep at the top, but apparently, according to folks we met, it levels out at about a hiking mile or so down. There are numerous Rock Squirrels begging for food along the trail.
The photos of this and the rest of our "adventures" are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/, as usual. The internet is a bit "iffy" here with the phone, but I did manage to get some photos and a few videos put up last eve. I also posted a good shot of Lynn on The Rim trail of Facebook, if that's where you hang out.
The hike back from the trail head is a couple of miles or so of paved surface. Compared to the west end of this part of the Canyon, there were far fewer folks around. The area, as told to us, is extremely beautiful and obviously a good choice for sunrise and sunset.
It has been warmer at night now, so we can have our water hooked up. We've had enough sun to get decent photos and only enough wind to clear the air. We can't really ask for much more, if anything.
Lisa and her gang are on the way here as I write this. I'll report back, with photos, eventually of our trip today and the eight of us having dinner in a two-person house. It should be a blast!