If you are wondering where I am I am back in Flagstaff again tonight. I was going to get a hotel in Tusyan last night which is just a mile outside of the park but all the hotels were full there. I had to drive and hour to Flagstaff last night and then an hour back this morning. I was wondering if I should drive all the way back there today or not. I am so glad that I did because I didn't hike down in to the canyon at all.
I arrived at the South Kaibab Trail head at 9am. I hiked down to Skeleton Point which is a 6 mile walk round trip and it is 2,000 ft below the rim. I was pacing myself very carefully. The have to rescue about 250 people a year out of the canyon and most of them are males ages 18 - 40 and I really didn't want to be one of those. It was well worth it and I am so glad I did it. I wish I had the time to have hiked all the way down to the driver but they have warning signs everywhere saying not to try to hike to the river and back in one day. So I was a good boy and obeyed.
I don't think I need to say anything for these Canyon pics they say it better then I can, but even the pictures cannot really do it justice.
Can you believe these little squirrels cause more injuries to humans then any other animals. They have signs everywhere telling people not to feed the wildlife but of course most people don't obey them. Most of the squirrels you see look like they need to get a lot more exercise because people feed them so much. Anyways while people are feeding them I guess they end up getting bitten and some of the squirrels have rabies. They say they have to treat eight to ten people a week at the clinic because they have been bitten. I guess they are mean little creators.
They also have pack mules because they have to get supplies down to the bottom were they have a lodge and they supply meals and other things.
These were the switch backs that were just down from were I stopped hiking and turned around. Down this trail it is 7 miles from the rim to the camp at the bottom, so I didn't go quite half way.
This guy/gal just wouldn't raise it's head out of the bushes for me. He wasn't concerned at all that I was there he was to busy eating. It must have been a guy.
Well I think that is about it. If you ever get a chance to go. Just do it. Oh and just so you know some of those pictures might have made it look like I was in a little more danger then I was. Sorry Mom.