I figured there had to be a better way to enjoy the Canyon. I looked at a satellite image and reasoned if I hike two miles or so directly north through the forest I would eventually come to the edge of the Canyon. The next morning armed with my compass, GPS device and iPhone for that image I took off.
My only concern was maybe a mountain lion for there were a fair number of bleached bones lying about. Probably from one of these elk, an unlucky one.
Finally, the Canyon came into view.
I moved along the rim for a better view.
Here I really wanted to walk (or crawl most likely) out onto this point but couldn't bring myself to do it. It was just too unnerving for me at this stage in my life. Years ago, yes.
I moved on along the rim and looked back at that point and saw how undercut the cliff face was. And I was considering going out there?! I couldn't get a picture of the full undercut as I was no way going any further out just for a picture for you. You'll have to take my word for it. There was nothing underneath way back to the left corner of the photo and beyond.
Here are some other enticing vantage points for the young and foolish and stupid.
Now imagine going out onto this point not knowing what it looked like from a side view?
"Ah. I'll just step across this gap and be right there at the edge."
I sat here at this spot for a long time enjoying the Grand Canyon all alone to myself.
Before I left to return to camp, I stacked a few rocks to mark my spot.
I hope to return to the Grand Canyon next year and will go out again to
My Viewpoint and see if my rock cairn still stands.