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Bright Angel Campground
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
When you're camping in the main corridor of the Grand Canyon, you have several options. You can ride down on donkeys and stay at the
Phantom Ranch Lodge. You can hike down, but send your gear down on a donkey and sleep on a bed in the lodge. Or you can
do what we did and hike down with all your gear and camp out. Bright Angel Campground, the one we chose to stay at, is only a half mile
from Phantom Ranch. As consummate backpackers, we never seriously considered the donkeys.
However, the effort of hiking is a little disheartening when others have an easier way to the destination. It's like another backpacking trip we
took in WV where we hiked 12 miles with full packs only to camp next to a road. It defeats the whole "get away from civilization" attitude
that pushes us to the woods.
Riding a Donkey - the "easy" way down?
We reach Bright Angel Camp at 11:30 am. INCONCEIVABLE!!! This is the time we normally begin hiking! The campground
not only had toilets, but flush toilets. The dish washing sink, picnic table, food boxes and cooking rock completed the four-star
compground. We'd never seen such deluxe accomodations while backpacking.
On our way down, we passed some people riding the donkeys back up from the lodge. One lady gave us what she thought would be encouraging words, "The showers are wonderful!" Little did she know that as mere campers, we would not be allowed to use the showers. However, we felt consoled because even though the Phantom Ranch showers were off-limits, their Cantina wasn't. We spent the afternoon drinking beer and wine and playing cards in an air conditioned room. INCONCEIVABLE!!!
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