Monday, March 19, 2012

Mule Trip to Phantom Ranch

Last weekend I was lucky enough to take a mule trip to Phantom Ranch with my parents.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but also one of my favorite things.  I will remember it forever.  We stayed in one of the cabins for two nights and rode out again.  We had beautiful weather and a wonderful time.
 Getting ready
 Mom meets Marcy
 It was a beautiful morning

 Still some ice and snow on the trail in the shady areas
There were more switchbacks on the way down and back than we could count
A well deserved break at Indian Garden
Dad and Mona
Chalula and I
Back in the saddle
Down to the Colorado River!
Crossing the Black Bridge
The rest of our mule train
We made it!
Our home for two nights
Chalula enjoying her day off
The bottom of the Grand Canyon is beautiful
Silver Bridge
Bright Angel Creek
Quiet morning at the Ranch
 Hiking on the North Kaibab Trail
More of the North Kaibab Trail
Starting out to the rim
Dad and Mona on Black Bridge
 Our mule train
 Can't beat the views
Best picture of the whole trip
More unbeatable views
We came up that?
Another view back the way we came. 

Camera battery died at this point but other than a few sore muscles, we made it out just great.  Happy Birthday Mom and Dad!  Can't wait until we do a Colorado River trip for your 80th!