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.

7:33 a.m.: Mile 30-32:

Mile 30-32, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 30-32

7:54 a.m.: Mile 32, the other Canyoneer boat gets a close look at Vasey’s Paradise, where waterfalls cascade out of the cliff face:

Mile 32, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 32

A closer view of Vasey’s Paradise:

Vasey's Paradise, Mile 32, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Vasey’s Paradise, Mile 32

8:08 a.m.: We approach Redwall Cavern (mile 33), a large alcove at river level:

Redwall Cavern, Mile 33, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Redwall Cavern, Mile 33

 

8:14 a.m.: Having beached the boats at Redwall Cavern, we dashed inside, with some playing football and Frisbee:

Redwall Cavern, Mile 33, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Inside Redwall Cavern, Mile 33

 

Julie and I pose under the mouth of Redwall Cavern, with the Canyoneers boats and the Colorado River behind us:

Charlie and Julie in Redwall Cavern, Mile 33, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Posing in Redwall Cavern

9:02 a.m.: Mile 34-36:

Mile 34-36, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 34-36

 

Mile 34-36, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 34-36

9:18 a.m.: The “Bridge of Sighs” (mile 36):

Bridge of Sighs, Mile 36, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Bridge of Sighs, Mile 36

10:26 a.m.: We stopped in Buck Farm Canyon (mile 41), where we went for a hike of about 1/2 mile, including a scramble or two and an effort to avoid copious amounts of red mud.

Buck Farm Canyon, Mile 41, Grand Canyon

Hiking in Buck Farm Canyon

 

Buck Farm Canyon, Mile 41, Grand Canyon

Hiking in Buck Farm Canyon

 

Boulder in Buck Farm Canyon, Mile 41, Grand Canyon

Boulder in Buck Farm Canyon

 

11:17 a.m.: Back on the river, we floated by the Royal Arches, an alcove in the limestone, at mile 42:

Royal Arches, Mile 42, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Royal Arches

 

11:49 a.m.: We broke for lunch at mile 44. This was our view from the beach where we had stopped. Geologically, unclassified dolomite, Muav Limestone and the Temple Butte formation have appeared:

Mile 44, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 44

12:46 p.m.: Mile 45-46:

Mile 45-46, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 45-46

 

12:55 p.m.: Bright Angel shale also appears. This is one of the Triple Alcoves, mile 47:

One of Triple Alcoves, Mile 47, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

One of Triple Alcoves, Mile 47

 

Another alcove:

One of Triple Alcoves, Mile 47, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Another Triple Alcove

12:59 p.m.: Mile 48:

Mile 48, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 48

 

1:04 p.m.: Temple Butte Channel:

Temple Butte Channel, Grand Canyon

Temple Butte Channel

 

2:53 p.m.: At mile 62, we stopped where the Little Colorado River feeds into the Colorado. This is a view from shore, with rocks in the foreground, and the Colorado and cliffs and sky in the background:

Little Colorado River, Mile 62, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River, Mile 62

 

This is the confluence of the Little Colorado with the Colorado. Calcium Carbonate in the Little Colorado River is very reflective, giving it a “swimming pool” blue color. At other times, when a rain washes sediment into the river, it can be muddy. We were lucky to see it in its blue state:

Little Colorado River, Mile 62, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River

 

Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River

 

Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River

 

The Little Colorado was also much warmer than the main river. Whereas the Colorado was 45 degrees, the Little Colorado was perhaps 65 or 70. I jumped in, though came out after a minute, still not finding it warm enough for my taste.

Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River

 

Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Little Colorado River

 

4:11 p.m.: Back in the boat, passing through miles 62-65. Tapeats sandstone has appeared, and Dox Sandstone appears around mile 63.5. This is also the vicinity of “Crash Canyon,” between Chuar Butte and Temple Butte, where on June 30, 1956 a mid-air collision claimed 128 lives. Our guides said that some wreckage is still found on the tops of the buttes.

Mile 62-65, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 62-65

 

Mile 62-65, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 62-65

 

Mile 62-65, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 62-65

 

Mile 62-65, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Mile 62-65

 

4:24 p.m.: Lava Canyon (Chuar) Rapid (mile 66). Cardenas basalt appears in the geological record.

Lava Canyon (Chuar) Rapid, Mile 66, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Lava Canyon (Chuar) Rapid, Mile 66

 

4:42 p.m.: We arrived at our home for the second night, the Upper Tanner campsite. Here’s the amazing view toward the river and the opposite bank:

Upper Tanner Campsite, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Upper Tanner Campsite

 

6:05 p.m.: Relaxing on the beach with a stack of books:

Julie Studies Grand Canyon History, Upper Tanner Campsite, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Julie studies Grand Canyon history

 

7:59 p.m.: Sunset at Upper Tanner Campsite:

Sunset, Upper Tanner Campsite, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Sunset at Upper Tanner Campsite

 

8:09 p.m.: The moon rises.

Moonrise over Upper Tanner Campsite, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Moonrise over Upper Tanner Campsite

 

Next: Day three below the Rim.

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2 Responses to Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – July 11, 2011

  1. shay says:

    Hi, did you know that a Development Company http://grandcanyonescalade.com/more-on-sacred-sites-at-the-confluence/#.UIv8hhw_kzI is using your Little Colorado photo to help convince people that building a development and tramway to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is a great idea, because “rafters party there” already? They claim they have rights to your photo?

  2. shay says:

    Here is your photo they are using http://grandcanyonescalade.com/ to promote building a tramway to the confluence of the Little Colorado River and Colorado River.

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