The thought hadn't even occurred to me until Evan Reimondo suggested it: A full moon waltz to the river and back. The timing couldn't have been better. Karl Jarvis and Evan piled in my truck and we headed to the Canyon for this 14 mile jaunt.
The South Rim faintly backlit by the full moon.
With the most difficult part of trip over, getting through the entrance station, we were ready to hit it!
Happy to be diving in again!
The first steps off the South Kaibab Trail.
Using the last few rays of sunlight to our advantage.
The South Kaibab's tight switchbacks are enough to scare away any of those with vertigo.
Sunset at Ooh Aah Point.
Shadows and definition.
The full moon shows itself.
Darkness surrounded as we crossed the Black Bridge and the Colorado River.
The lights of Phantom Ranch's meal hall light up the night.
Step inside for cooler temps, some lemonade and Snickers.
These folks were partying!
Now you know exactly what you can get at Phantom: Get a bed for the night for as much as a steak dinner, lotions but no raisins and tasty sack lunches.
Back out into the night, through the tunnel and up, up, up!
One step at a time.
Following Evan and Karl back out the South Kaibab.
Deer in the headlights at Tip Off.
Next up, Skeleton Point.
Cedar Ridge indicates the last mile and a half to the top.
The crew back on top at 12:30am. (l to r) Karl Jarvis, Torrence, Evan Reimondo.
Your Moment Of Zen
The Canyon is difficult no matter how you cut it!