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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

Friday, September 19, 2008

We arrived at Inidian Garden campground at 9:00 AM - INCONCEIVABLE!!!

Indian Garden campsite Robyne & Elaine at campsite

After setting up camp and eating lunch ("The Big Switch") we explored the camp looking for a place to sit and read. We carried our therma rest chairs by groups of resting hikers and to a small stream that crossed the path. Not finding a good place to sit, we decided to try the ampitheater. We traced our steps back past the hikers and took a side trail down to the ranger station. Unable to find the ampitheater, we asked a ranger.

  • Us: "Where's the ampitheater?"
  • Guide: "Right here."
  • Us: "Oh."
  • Guide: "What were you expecting? The Verizon Center?"
Ampitheater
The Verizon Center Ampitheater

On his recommendation, we headed past the resting hikers (again) and back to the stream. We traipsed upstream a few fet and found the perfect spot. We soaked our feet and read. At one point, I rinsed out my hair in the cold water. I'm afraid I may have caused an oil slick.

Robyne & Elaine soaking their feet Dragonflies
Robyne & Elaine soak their feet in the cool spring Blue and red dragonflies kept us company

When sunset approached, we packed up dinner, PB&J or PB&AwH (Peanut Butter and Apple with Honey powder) and headed for Plateau Point. This point on the Tonto plateau provided a 360 degree view.

Plateau Point Sunset at Plateau Point
Plateau Point Sunset at Plateau Point
Rose, Elaine and Robyne

We headed back soon after the sun set. Did I mention my flashlight bit the dust? This made the trek back to camp in the dimming light a little more challenging. As we neared camp, we looked back and saw a series of headlamps bouncing along the trail. Soon after returning, we went to bed. I laid in my sleeping bag, listening to the noise of other campers, thinking, "How come so many people are still awake?" Then I realized... it was only 7:30 pm. INCONCEIVABLE!

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