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Camp tarps

Setting up camp at Lower Buck Farm

 

 

Foot medicine

Dan applying sliced prickly pear with duct tape to Charlie's blisters. The prickly pear contains aloe.

 

 

Propane

The bench seats were containers for supplies, in this case, propane.

 

Hoof prints from big horn sheep

Hoof prints from big horn sheep were a common sight in camp.

Large ram on a rock by the river

A young ram at the river for water. Photo: Layla

 

Throne room

In this giant throne room, one can imagine the king, the queen and the young prince between them.

 

Indian structure

An Indian structure of unknown purpose.

 

60 Mile Rapid

At 60 Mile Rapid, Mitch avoids a sleeper boulder.

 

Raft umbrella

The raft umbrella helps cut the afternoon sun.

Morning glories

Morning Glories? Photo: Dana

 

A HIKE TO A MINER'S CAVE

Hiking to a mine.

We set out on a hike to a mine, visible 500 feet up in the Redwall cliff.

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A buck a dozen yards off the trail is only mildly shy.

 

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The terrain changed continually, here sandstone.

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Don sweating on a steep scramble. Dusk intervened and the hike was stopped before reaching the mine. Photo: Rus

 

A HIKE TO THE GRANERY AT NANKOWEAP

At mile 51, just below the Nankoweap Rapid, is a Puebloan granary built high in the wall on the right side of the river. It is not understood quite why the granaries were built in such an inaccessible spot except that the crease in which they were built does offer protection from the weather.

 

Hike to the Nankoweap Grainery

Starting up the scree, Barrel Cactus and other dessert plants are well represented.

 

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Getting to the base of the Redwall.

 

Grainery Panorama

Looking back down at the Colorado River. Note how campsites are formed by the same debris that creates rapids.

 

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The Granary, built into the Redwall.

 

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Kim and Dennis taking a breather.

 

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As a home designer and builder, Rus had a special interest in the native construction. Photo: Dana

 

Ariel view of Nankoweap

An ariel view of Nankoweap, taken approximately over the Granary. Photo: Charlie

THE LITTLE COLORADO RIVER

One of the larger tributaries flowing into the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado is a popular visiting spot. It's water can be a beautiful turquoise, and its slippery rocks an inviting place to slip and slide. However, during times of thunderstorms, which was the case during our visit, its water can be muddy. An old stone miner's cabin still contains much of the furnishings from many years ago.

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Wading across the Little Colorado. Photo: Dana

Rus wading the river

Rus wading the river. The trick is not to lose one's water shoes. Photo: Dana

 

Little Colorado cabin

 

The miner's cabin on the Little Colorado River. Photo: Dennis

 

Mud Bath

 

Kids aren't the only ones who like a mud bath. Photo: Dennis

 

 

Rattle snake

As Dennis laid his hand on a boulder, he received a a warning from this Grand Canyon Rattlesnake. It then slid into this crevice in the rock. The Grand Canyon subspecies of rattlesnake, properly known as "Abysus," is not particularly malicious and will yield if at all possible. Photo: Dana

 

Squirrel

 

The Gray Squirrels we saw were not large and had a less bushy tail than is commonly seen. Photo: Dennis