After our initial introduction to the Grand Canyon, and our watchtower tour and scenic helicopter tour (each on their own an unbelievable experience), Go Ahead gifted our crew with a half day off to explore the park. So I took the opportunity to explore as seriously as I could.
I set out to conquer the Bright Angel Trail, and, if I could, make it out past the fabled Indian Gardens and down to the plateau Point in the few short hours that remained of the day. I zipped down the switch backing trail in decent time – descending from the canyon rim to the 100F heat at the gardens in a few hours. By the time I arrived at Plateau Point, I had the entire Grand Canyon to myself – gone were the crowds, the bustle, the gift shops and the distractions. I was left with the mighty Colorado, the canyon walls in ochre and PURPLE, and all the beautiful solitude I could hope for.
I had 7-miles ahead of me on my return trek to the South Rim, but each step up the trail was worth it. Bright Angel, indeed.