Finally! Photos of the Grand Canyon!
I'm cheating! I know! I'm about to write a lot of words. But I have some photos collected from my trip and I have a little time.
SO! An old friend of my husband's got a long-awaited and wished-for private permit for a river trip on the Grand Canyon. If you have money to spend on it, you can go down the Grand Canton any time, as part of a commercial trip. However, if you are on a budget and want to go down on your own, you apply for the annual permit lottery and pray to be chosen. Chuck and I had been applying for years without being picked; so when Bert Adams got a permit, we were so, so excited to be asked to join him as two of the 15 people he is allowed to invite. Chuck is an experienced boatman who has been down the Grand Canyon three times before. I am good at cooking for a crowd and organizing food. So Boatman and Quartermaster Brainerd were part of the adventure. I won't waste valuable verbiage today on describing what it is like to plan, shop for, pre-prep, store, organize and run a camp kitchen for 16 people for 20 days. Especially when one of those people is allergic to soy, wheat and lactose. Oy... Suffice to say that I am enjoying grocery shopping with just one cart. I'm getting over my Post Traumatic Shopping Syndrome. And I now have enough river karma that I should not have to do a job that big again for a looooong time! It was successful though. I should write a cook book. Maybe I will...
In the meantime...
|Lounging in camp after a long day of rowing|
|Tom, the "doctor", bandaging yet another pair of feet|
|Great star and moon watching|
|I learned some skills!|
|And wet canyoneering...|
|...in slot canyons with leftover rainwater pools|
|With Stefanie in the rain|