Drove Saturday to the Canyon from Needles marina. We elected to cross the Colorado River into Mojave Valley and proceed up through Bullhead City and over to Kingman and I-40, t hen onto the Colorado Plateau. Dregs of a big snowstorm blanketed the area. We stopped in Williams for lunch.
Sraddha found a place on Yelp called Nany’s Tacos. It was amazing, so amazing we forgot to take pix. Suffice it to say that any place, you walk in, hit with delicious smells and greeted by the owner, is usually fabulous. It was. We rated it 5⭐️ on Yelp.
Stomach’s fortified we ventured north on Highway 64 to Canyon Village. The Sun came out for awhile then played hide and seek the rest of the day.
Wow. We had stayed in Mather campground many times, so first time in Trailer village where we could hook up power, water and sewer…Well, at least power. We borrowed a broken snow shovel along with our axe, to clear away patches of ice in order to unpack and even get out of the van. Then We decided to bundle up and catch the shuttle out to visitor center to catch a glimpse of the sunset.
Normally, we have plenty of room for everything we take with us on our travels. This trip is different. We have backpacks for our hike and also duffel bag full of cold-weather clothes for our trip to Alaska. So we put the furniture outside and the extra gear in the garage when camp.
We also got a glimpse of the Kaibab trail, down which we will journey Monday morning.
Monday, we will hike down the trail loosely following the ridge in the red highlight. We have ice spikes for our shoes for the first mile or so and will need again for the return hike. We will have no internet so will publish more of the actual hike later. Essentially, we hike down to the river first day. Spend 2 nights at Bright Angel campground as explore. 3rd day we hike out up to Indian Gardens and spend the night. Then day 4 finds us returning the rest of the way on the Bright Angel trail. We feel blessed to be doing this and feel it an adventure which will challenge us, and make us stronger for the future ahead.