If you need to catch up on our California & Grand Canyon Adventures this summer, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!
After watching the sunset the night before, we woke up early (4am) in order to drive to the shuttle and ride it over to the South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge in order to get hiking before 5am so we could watch the sunrise during our hike. This worked out for numerous reasons. There were barely any other hikers at this time, asides from a few others trying to get all the way to the bottom, and the mule tour (which was full when we tried to book it), it was only us the whole way down. It was quite steep, but not too slippery. It was also narrow enough that we didn't walk side by side, but not scary narrow. That being said, I could completely understand how someone could get too close and loose footing and well, go over. Anyway, I really enjoyed the sunrise, even more so that the sun set. It was clearer out, so we got to see shadows and sunbeams, there wasn't a crowd, and it was nice and cool out (another reason to leave as early as possible).
Condor #84. Condors are considered one of the most rare birds in the world and the largest land bird in North America. By following that link, you can get information on all the Condors the Fish & Wildlife Service have tagged during the Condor Re-introduction Program.
After we emerged from the depths of the canyon, we took the shuttle to the next stop, Yaki Point. We were the only ones there, so I laid on the rocks on the edge and baked in the sun for about 20 minutes, until the next shuttle came. I could have stayed there forever napping.
We ended up doing everything we wanted at the Grand Canyon, so we decided to skip staying another night, and start heading back to California. First, we needed to get clean. There are laundry and shower facilities just outside of Mather Campground, so we definitely took advantage of that.Chabones for Happy Hour where we indulged in appetizers and adult beverages. Aaron got chatty with some retired military guys next to him, the old dudes were arguing over whose branch of service was better. Naturally, Aaron and the Salty Old Air Force Guy below hit it off and chatted about who knows what. A few hours later, and Salty Old Guy bought us both round #93,982. It's a good thing our hotel was crawling distance away. Salty Old Guy was awesome.
Check back for Day #4 of our adventures!
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