For those of you who don't have or haven't friended me on Facebook here are links to the albums I created. I hope this works. I divided my pictures into 3 groups. Warning there are a lot of pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed yours and the fond memories of our time together.
0 · May 20
Hi Everyone, I have been crazy busy since we returned and still nursing some horrible sinus stuff that grabbed me at the end of the trip and I cannot shake. Haven't forgotten trying to get together. All the pics are so good and I am missing you all! This weekend is full and so is the next. Any ideas??
0 · May 21
WOW does not adequatly discribe this trip. Thanks to Rick and Jill for your guidence and helpfullness during the trip. You truely made it a wonderful experience one that will stay with me until my dying days. Which I hope will be a long time from now. I have been working on my pictures and still can't believe the views, and can't wait to see all of yours.
3 · May 13
As a beginner backpacker, I wasn't sure what to expect. To find adjectives to describe the Canyon from the rim to it's depths is difficult. Add to that the experience of hiking inside it's beautiful walls and I can tell you, it was the trip of a lifetime. Yes, our leaders Rick and Jill, were attentive, fun and informative and I felt safe the entire time with their guidance. It is a gamble as to who your travel mates are. I could not have picked a more diverse, supportive, interesting and fun-loving group than those that chose that time to explore the grandness of the canyon. I am grieving not being there. Flushing toilets and hot water, technology and menus don't hold a candle to the sheer freedom my soul felt last week. It is a trip that will always be at the top of my travel experiences. Thanks Green Earth and all my trail buddies. We Rock!
3 · May 13
Another great trip to this natural wonder. I'm looking at doing a trip in the fall and several have expressed interest in one form or another and I've added those names to a list. If this trip interests you, please let me know. I will have firm details and dates by June 10.
1 · May 13
Argh, since I'm a "+1", I can't officially rate the event. It was clearly a five star event. Rick and Jill are great hike leaders, very generous and I appreciated their flexibility and generous spirit. What a wonderful experience. Thanks to all of you for making this such a special week. See you on the trails....
3 · May 12
Here's the forecast for the upcoming Grand Canyon adventure.
South Rim (6,242 FT Above Sea Level):
SAT: LO 36F (9AM), HI 73F (6-7PM)
Hermit's Rapids (2,886 FT Above Sea Level):
SUN: LO 57F (8-9AM), HI 90F (5-6PM)
MON: LO 56F (9-10AM), HI 88F (6-7PM)
TUE: LO 57F (9-10AM), HI 85F (6-7PM)
WED: LO 56F (9-10AM), HI 85F (6-7PM)
There's no sign of rain for Saturday through Wednesday. The maximum winds will be 15 mph out of the southwest during the late afternoon. I don't have a forecast for beyond Wednesday.
1 · May 1
Came across an interesting blog last night while looking for trail information and thought I would share. The writer has hiked down the Hermit trail and Monument Creek trail. Very well writen and beautiful pictures. www.theblondecoyote.com is the site. Look under the tab "greatest hits" for the Grand Canyon. See you all on Thursday.
0 · May 1
Last year, my kids and I were backpacking in the Wind River range, Wyoming to meet up with Michael E and Patricia. We encountered one person on the way in and I knew her. (Talk about a small world!) She's from Maine and teamed up with us for a couple of days in the Teton Wilderness back in 2010. She remembered me as the Coyote Tales Woman. I don't know if you all are familiar with coyote tales, but coyote is famous among Native Americans as a trickster and there are many tales about him, from traditions all over the U.S. Some are pretty ribald. On long backpacking trips, I usually read a coyote tale each night. Hope that's OK for this trip. I'll try to pick tales from the region.
2 · April 17
I know the original departure time is 2pm but wanted to let you know I can leave earlier if the group wants. Also what time should we be there to help load up the equipment. I also Google Mapped the address and it showed Cordon IN, as the city associated with that street address, is that the same location or did I put in something wrong.
1 · April 18
I have a question for Doug or anyone else who has an opion. I have been traing with my backpack doing 6-8 miles and 35 lbs. Is that the best way to train or should I do longer hikes without the pack doing 10+ miles. Also does the B&B have a hot tub to soak all our sore muscles after we climb out.
1 · April 17
Just a suggestion, not sure if it could work. For trips like this with high demand and limited space, could you offer a lottery? For example, after a week, 11 names would be drawn from those interested, etc. Would give folks more time to consider the commitment and at least a chance of getting to go. I dunno? This filled up so fast! Hope you all have an awesome trip!
0 · January 25
For any first-time backpackers out there: You can do it!! I did it in 2011 and now have some beautiful pictures and wonderful memories of my first trip to the Grand Canyon as well as my first serious experience with backpacking...it's catching, so watch out! Doug and Rick did such a great job planning and driving that all we had to do was make sure we had gear and literally put one foot in front of the other. Hope to make it back out there soon, maybe next year!
1 · January 14
This is an awesome trip!!! I was on the trip in 2011 and it is one of the best and rewarding BB trips I have been on. The views are out of this world! If you haven't seen the GC, this is the best way to truly experience it. The ride out and back was a lot of fun and the leaders are great!!!
0 · January 14
Hi all, thanks for the overwhelming response. I wasn't expecting it to fill this quickly but am glad nonetheless. It is a great trip at a great price. I'll send out payment information tomorrow. If you haven't sent me your email address that I can send attachments to, please do so. Thanks!
0 · January 13
Refunds offered if:
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.