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Clear Creek Trail

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  Introduction
  Arches National Park
      The Great Alcohol Search
      Camp
      Devils Garden - Arches
      Devils Garden - Hiking
  Grand Canyon
      Preparation
      Pre-Hike
      The Plunge
      Bright Angel Campground
      Clear Creek Trail
      The Ascent
      Indian Garden Campground
      Tonto West Hike
      The Great Snake Battle
      The Final Ascent
  The Narrows
      Gearing Up
      The Awakening
      The Hike In
      Pee / Poo
      Camp
      The Hike Out
  Sedona
      Places We Missed
      Meteor Crater
      Airport Mesa
      Thunder Mountain
  Farewell

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The next morning, Robyne awoke at 4:30 to pee. She found half the campsite awake and packing. INCONCEIVABLE! We knew that in one day’s time, this would be our fate too. However, we had a day of leisure ahead, so we slept in (until 6:00).

Elaine and I voted on spending the day drinking and playing cards in the Cantina, but Miss "I have way more energy than you two put together" vetoed us. We did maintain a modicum of control over Robyne and refused to hike 11 miles roundtrip to Ribbon Falls through "the box" - an area that retains the sun's heat and remains hot as hell. So, to avoid the deadly hiking hours of 10am - 2pm, we got an early start and headed out to the Clear Creek Trail, which provided us with overlooks of our camp and the Colorado River. Since the trail went on forever, we could turn back at any point without feeling we didn't acheive our destination.

Deer in the Cactii View of campground from above
Deer in the Cactii View of Phantom Ranch from above

View Colorado River View
Colorado River

Rose and Elaine on stone bench View
Rose and Elaine rest on a stone bench
(Natural rock formation?)
View

At one point on our return, we bushwhacked through life-threatening cacti and Robyne was mortally wounded. We thought about putting her down, but her chants of "I’m not dead yet" stayed our hand. She pulled the two needles from her leg and decided she could continue - even without duct tape to staunch the bleeding.

Prickly Pear Cactii Prickly Pear
Prickly Pear Cactii Tasty!!!
 
Robyne Impaled
Robyne kept getting impaled. This was in Sedona.

We returned to camp around lunchtime and picked up the only meal we didn't pack in - our pre-arranged lunch from the Cantina. I have never seen so much food in my life. Evidentually, they believed the rule saying we should be eating seven times our body weight - hang on, that's what "eating like a bird" means. Whatever... we each got...

  • Salami
  • Apple
  • Bagel w/ Cream Cheese and Grape Jelly
  • Peanuts
  • Raisins
  • Pretzels
  • Oreos
  • Urg (powdered mixture to add to water) - this would have been great if we hadn't each carried down a pound of the stuff ourselves!

When we finished eating we had over half the food left. Food we would have lug back up to the top of the Grand Canyon. Not acceptable! As other campers passed our site, we offered up our goodies. We finally found a taker for the salami. We tossed them to the suckers - I mean hungry fellow campers - before they had a chance to change their minds. Before long, four guys piled into the campsite next to us. We dumped off our last oreo pack on our new neighbors and took the remaining food back to the cantina. Before long, the guys showed up at the cantina too. When they recognized us as the oreo gifters, they offered to buy us drinks. Now that's what I call a great trade. (We thanked them, but declined - ah, well). When the day cooled off, we headed to the boat beach.

Playing cards at the cantina Boat Beach - Colorado River
Playing cards in the cantina during the heat of the day Cooling off in the "skull-numbingly cold" Colorado River

Feel free to ask any of us about The Great Oreo Crumb Search that occurred that evening and the "I would have been happy with any site" conversation.

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