We got our back country permit, Yea!! On October 10th we will hike down 14 miles to Bright Angel Campground, near Phantom Ranch, and spend the night. The next day we will hike out to the South Rim, which is 8 miles up, and spend the night in a room on the South Rim. On Wednesday we will take the Trans Canyon Shuttle back to the North Rim. We are excited and apprehensive about hiking rim-to-rim. If you get tired or hurt they don't send someone to pick you up.
On Friday we went on a fast 10 mile warmup on a beautiful trail we hiked earlier in the year, the Widforss Trail. We did the ten miles in less than four hours, which is good for us. The day was perfect, overcast and cool. The overcast doesn't make for the best pictures, plus there was a fire on the South Rim adding smoke to the overcast. I'll post a few pictures anyway:
Looking forward to seeing those of you in ABQ soon!!