West 2018 Day 3 – Into the Grand Canyon

South Kaibab Trail

Tuesday 05/15/18

We got up early to organize and pack for the overnight at the bottom of the canyon.  After breaking down camp and packing the necessary items in backpacks we went to park the car near the top of Bright Angel trail.  Not sure if it was luck or the fact that we were there at quarter to seven in the morning, but we got a spot right next to the trailhead and walked up to the hotel to catch the 7AM shuttle.

We arrived at the North Kaibab Trailhead and were headed down into the canyon around 7:30 along with a handful of other hikers.  As usual, this seemed absurdly early to start hiking (and it wasn’t even the earliest shuttle), but around 10:30 or so it started getting hot enough that we fully understood why the early start was important – and this was when traveling downhill.  It was hot and sunny, but otherwise a not particularly strenuous hike, so we were both wearing long sleeves and hoods / hats to keep the sun off and the heat out.

South Kaibab Trail

Most of the pictures are either from the top portion – above the Cedar Ridge rest area, or the bottom as we approached or once we were in the campground.  The “middle” was the hot and sunny portion (I think the only picture from there is the mules coming up), and in addition to being more strenuous, it was also not as interesting.

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Yosemite Sunset

Yosemite SUnset

Sunset in Yosemite National Park – similar to one I posted long ago, but the a wider angle showing the trees.  That said, I’m not completely fond of the look that the foreground trees took on in this HDR rendition, but the HDR was a must really to get the trees to show up at all.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 15mm, many shutters, f/8, ISO 200

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

From the same source as yesterday’s Grand Canyon picture, but I think this version calls attention to a completely different aspect – it’s not as much about the trail as about the canyon wall on the other side – enough so that if I want the picture to be about the trail that it’s a distraction.

That’s all for my artistic babble, back to your regularly scheduled informative notes tomorrow.

Pictures taken with Canon SX130IS, lens @ 5mm (28mm eq), 1/640 sec shutter, f/3.4, ISO 80

Delicate Arch Area

Delicate Arch Area

This picture isn’t really of anything specific, the clouds and rain just made for some very nice colors and contrast looking out over the park along the hike up to Delicate Arch.  I’m not 100% sure that I haven’t posted this one somewhere before, but I really like the shot.

Pictures taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 17mm, 1/125 sec shutter, f/8.0, ISO 100

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

I’m sure I have posted some pictures of this before, and I’m sure the internet abounds with other pictures of Landscape Arch since it’s one of the more iconic arches in the park, but here’s another just in case the first 500,000 weren’t sufficient.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 18mm, 1/100 sec shutter, f/8.0, ISO 100