A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Grand Canyon 4

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.


  1. You saw the Grand Canyon as you were supposed to see it, with no annoying tourists milling about, and just your own thoughts for company. How wonderful. What a great experience. I hope you're able to return next year and the stones will still be there. Your own personal contribution to the evolution of the Grand Canyon!

  2. So it is still possible to see the Canyon without jostling crowds, safety rails and notices telling you that you're viewing "rocks older than mankind" - they always say that and it's a fairly safe bet as nearly all rocks, unless you're in a volcanic area, are. Congratulations on your initiative in finding this place.

  3. Fabulous photographs - certainly well worth the hike. I'm with you on the deeds of derring-do like walking out to the very edge of those rocks. Used to could - nowadays, not so much.


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