Since my friends knew I was driving out to the Tucson Gem Show, three asked whether I was going to again hike the Grand Canyon. I love sharing the canyon with friends, so a year ago I made the necessary reservations. I hiked with friends Wendy, Helen, and Phylster. We stayed at Bright Angel Lodge the night before our descent. We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, where we stayed for two nights. On the day we spent at the bottom, we went on a day hike up the Cedar Creek trail to the section that overlooks the Colorado River. Then we hiked out the Bright Angel Trail. In all we hiked 21 miles with 12,000 feet of elevation change. Considering that all four of us are in our mid-50s, we did well to complete the hike with no injuries – not even a blister! The weather was sunny and warm, which was amazing since it snowed at the canyon the three days after we left.

Included below are some of the pictures from the hike. More can be seen on the blog at

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