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Just For Yuccas

One thing that I liked when I hiked along Huber Wash in Zion National Park was the chance to see a whole new set (to me) of plants. The flora was just so different from what I was used to. And the yucca was one of those.

Or so I thought.

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Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus Recap

I thought I’d give a recap of what happened regarding bare feet the past two years on the Shuttle Buses at the Grand Canyon. It’s mainly just an excuse to post the email I sent to the Superintendent of the park, but I think it’s also useful to see it all laid out in one place.

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Mountains of Taos

While we were barefoot in Taos we stayed at a campground in the Carson National Forest south of there, located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

It was a time of R and R before our long drive home.

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Barefoot in Taos

After leaving Chaco Canyon our next stop was Taos to visit fellow barefooter Mark Corske. When I visited him last year, I wrote this account.

It was another delightful visit.

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Peñasco Blanco

When I was at Chaco Canyon last year, one of the hikes I did not do was the hike to Peñasco Blanco. So it was high on my list this time.

Peñasco Blanco was awesome.

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Getting High

After leaving the Grand Canyon, our next stop was Chaco Canyon. Of course, Chaco Canyon doesn’t have the depth of the Grand Canyon, but it is even more fascinating in its own way.

It really should be on everybody’s to-do list.

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After finishing up our ascent out of the Grand Canyon, my son and I headed back to Mather Campground (that’s the standard car-camping campground on the south rim) to spend two nights relaxing and seeing some of the rim scenes.

We also met some fellow barefooters.

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So far in the last week and a half I’d hiked barefoot in Zion (8.4 miles, 5.4 miles, and 5.4 miles) and in the Grand Canyon (1.1 miles on the rim, 6.3 on the way down, and 3.7 north of Bright Angel Campground). I wasn’t particularly footsore.

But now it was time to head up the Bright Angel Trail: 9.5 miles horizontally and 1 mile vertically.

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Oh! Two Feet

I went from Ode to a Campsite to Oh! To a Campsite.

I think I’ll move on to Oh! Two Feet.

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Oh! To a Campsite

Last year when I visited Chaco Canyon, I wrote my Ode to a Campsite.

Well, for the visit to Cottonwood Campground, halfway up the north side of the Grand Canyon along Bright Angel Creek, I think I’ll say “Oh!” to a campsite.

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In (and Out of) the Box

After spending the night at Bright Angel Campground, the next spot on our itinerary was to head up to the Cottonwood Campground. It is about a 7½ hike up the north side of the Grand Canyon.

And we spent it taking precautions against my over-heating.

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Rolling My Eyes

When last we met our entrepid heroes, my son and I were just arriving at the tunnel to the Black Bridge that leads over the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

We’d hoofed it pretty fast, with very few stops, to get down while the trail was still not too hot.

And then . . .

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Back to the Canyon

So began my return backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon. This time Ian, my son, was able to make it with me. I had gotten backcountry permits for three consecutive days.

You have to get up early to go into the canyon.

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Shuttling On

Folks may recall that last year when I was at the Grand Canyon I had a bit of an incident with the Shuttle Bus system. I wrote about it in Abyss Bus Barefoot Ban.

Today was a bit of a rest day here at the Grand Canyon, so my son and I did a bit of shuttle riding, heading out to Hermit’s Rest.

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Three Minutes of the Condor

After leaving Zion (the day after the Angel’s Landing hike), we’ve headed over to the Grand Canyon. The Navajo Bridge over the Grand Canyon is always a good stop.

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