Tuesday August 9, 2016: Day 2 Summer 2016 RV Trip
Grand Canyon - South Rim
South Kaibab Trail - Ooh Aah Point - Cedar Ridge
We woke up early, had some breakfast in the RV and then drove over to the Visitor Center where we found a parking space and hopped on the shuttle to head west - Destination, Kaibab Trailhead. We're heading down toward the Colorado today!
It is not recommended to hike to the bottom and back up the same day. This would be +/- ~1 Mile Elevation. Moreover, it may be a mild 80 degrees up top and by the time you hit the Colorado River, it could be 110 degrees!
|Ooh Aah Point|
This point is only about a mile in and like 600 feet down. Offers some decent views but there is not much room for large groups. This would be a good turn around point for those who are not able, but for us, we shall continue...
|Cedar Ridge - Destination!|
Perfect spot to chill out and eat lunch. This is also the mule service station - I don't think so. I would never ride a jackass to the bottom and back up. If you can't do it on your own two feet then, don't do it. Although, I suppose if you camp at the bottom, I can see the luxury of having the mules carry down your gear. I'd be game for that but I wouldn't plant my fat ass on the back of a genetically disturbed horse.
Heading back to the top, we catch our 2nd sunrise. Yes, it was steep, but completely managable. It was early enough where there was no heat factor. Little Donnie, age 9, made it to the bottom with no problem, but heading back up, he wanted to stop after 20 steps. No joke - No Way. We just carried on up - forced him to find himself and guess what, he did. Got up to the top with no problems.
So, this was our brief visit to the Grand Canyon. Pretty cool. From here, we have a long long drive - Lake Tahoe, here we come...