Half way there...light-years to go...
The last day in the Canyon began early — 5:30 a.m. — with a quick
breakfast and an hour of rafting to the start of
the Bright Angel Trail. Ed and I rode with Lorna, while the rest of the
boys paddled their way with Ed Hasse. During most of the ride, I napped
on the edge of the boat, as Marc would tell you I did a lot during the
trip. I do love naps! A rapid or two awoke me, but not for long. By 7:15
a.m., we arrived at the small beach from which we began our hike. Like
ants working for their queen, we all hurriedly moved about the beach,
changing into our walking shoes, soaking ourselves in the cold river to
beat the heat that awaited us, and adjusting our packs.
ALIVE...I'm ALIVE !!!
Jeff conjured up a number of bottles of spring water,
some of which he stuffed in his pack and others of which he offered to
the group. Much later in the day, one of those bottles would again
appear. Some of us, including Jeff, Ed and I, got moving a bit before
the others. I walked quickly at first, knowing that the hot sun —
which would later hit a hundred degrees — wasn't far behind.
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Before the walk gets serious...
WE MADE IT !!!!
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