Day 2 Sunday - Arrive and Descend into the
|We wake at daylight, pack up the 4-man and our night's bedding and hit the
road around 7:15. Breakfast in Blanding after a couple of coffee stops. We reach the park around
1:00, having completed the third book tape and listening to my Grand Canyon tape as we drive
through the park to the Village. We have not been able to get any reservations at Phantom
Ranch for any meals prior to leaving, so our first stop is at the Bright Angel Lodge to see if
there are any cancellations. We luck out!!! We are able to get a stew dinner, breakfast,
and a lunch for all three of us. We meet Wes at 2:00 at the Back Country Office where we check
on water conditions on Grapevine, Boulder and Lonetree. Good news - the creek is running at
Grapevine. Doug and I go off to shower and pack our backpacks. A TV is in washing machine
area - the Broncos are winning big in the 1st quarter. The men's shower is to the left.
||I have yet to pack my gear in the pack I had borrowed from Doug.
Nothing like waiting to the last minute. So with Doug's help I get everything in. I am not sure,
however, where all the 17 pounds of water will go on Tuesday. The three of us eat at the
cafeteria around 3:30, tanking up so to speak. We drop Doug's car off at the Bright Angel
trailhead, with a cooler inside packed with ice to keep 4 beers cold for the coming out