Monthly Archives: July 2011

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – July 13-14, 2011

Wednesday: We woke up about 4:45 a.m., dressed, ate breakfast, finished packing, weighed our duffel bags and left them for the mules to carry to the top of the South Rim (my bag weighed 14 pounds, if I recall correctly, and I was happy to have a mule carry it for me). We began hiking around 5:50 a.m., with Phantom Ranch being around 2788′ above sea level. The intent for starting the hike so early was to try to cover several miles before the sun rose high in the sky. Also, the temperature would be lower at the higher elevations, which would also make it easier for us.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – July 12, 2011

Tuesday: I wasn’t sure whether to be happy or sad about the third day, which would be our last day on the river. I was enjoying the rafting, but at the same time thought it would be interesting and fun to visit Phantom Ranch and hike up the Bright Angel Trail. I also had heard that Phantom Ranch had showers, which was appealing. I had sand in my hair from the sandy beaches/campsites, and the 45 degree Colorado River was not conducive to bathing. (Baby wipes are used by many campers to freshen up when there is no suitable body of water.)

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – July 11, 2011

Monday: The wake-up call was “coffee,” and it came around 5:30 in the morning. After breakfast, we took down the tents and packed up our gear, then we boarded the boats and got underway.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – July 8-10, 2011

Friday: I flew from LaGuardia to Charlotte, then on to Phoenix, then to Flagstaff, where I checked into the Holiday Inn Express in the mid-afternoon.

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Stonetown Circular Trail, Passaic County, New Jersey

I spotted this hike on the NY-NJ Trail Conference’s “North Jersey Trails” map. I like doing loops, so as not to have to cover the same territory twice on one hike, and I also like hikes of about 8–10 miles, so this was perfect. This hike covers a number of different properties, as I will describe. I moved in a clockwise direction. I later found reviews that others had written about this hike, and many of them moved in a counterclockwise direction. It doesn’t matter, though the character of the east and west portion are different.

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