Today's hike takes us back to Bright Angel/Phantom ranch
But first we have to climb out of clear creek
Looking back down on Clear Creek and other backpackers
Our campsite was much further to the right, away from the others
I interrupted their breakfast
Name: Winding Mariposa Lily, Straggling Mariposa Lily (Calochortus flexuosus)
Location: Grand Canyon, Clear Creek Trail
Date: March 30, 2008
Zoroaster and Cloud Shadows
See David in this picture?
He's just to the right of the middle
An idea of the incredible scenery and trail
The South Kaibab, Colorado, and bridges still far below us
Looking up the colorado
Back at Bright Angel - this time in Campsite 15.
We got in before noon and had the whole afternoon to relax
Relax = beer and snickers
Our only appointment for the day is to be back here at 6:30 for the stew dinner
We wandered down to the Colorado before dinner to check out the scenery
Hey Dave, no stopping!
Corral down by the Silver Bridge
To be identified
Calm Colorado Shore
Sumner Butte and Bradley Point
Info about the Silver Bridge
It carries the water pipeline (and hikers) across the colorado
The Silver Bridge
David and Dave check out the bridge
We'll be hiking across it in the near dark in the morning, so it's nice to check it out now
The water pipe and grating.
Kind of unnerving when you see the violent eddies below
The Buttes and Zoroaster
We hiked around those on our way to and from clear creek
The sun sets early down here in the bottom of the canyon
Buttes and Zoroaster after a clearing rain
Zoroaster after the rain
David and Dave head back to camp
It's almost dinner time!
'Window' to the cottonwood at the corral
Waiting for the dinner bell at Phantom Ranch
We were lucky and got in on the waiting list for the stew dinner.
It's been five days since a regular meal - can you tell?
The stew dinner is served family style - salad, stew, cornbread, and chocolate cake
The salad tasted best to me - I was missing fresh veggies!
It's all-you-can-eat but flies by fast
Chocolate cake, drool.
The sign at Phantom Ranch
Not bad, considering it's carried in by mule.