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I am about 12 days off the river. I scored a Grand Canyon permit for April 2019. 20 days of... Well, there are no words to describe it! My mind is reeling. Very hard adjustment back into society. Anyone done it? I found my crew through a west coast forum, though I live in Philly. But I now need to find some people around here who share similar interests. We did most of the major hikes in there. Unbelievable. Weather was perfect, canyon was in bloom, and the water was great! 14 months of anticipation and now it's over! Heartbroken! I need to continue with major hikes and camping and the river life!

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I was at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for two days in May 2019.  Beautiful place.  Hadn't been there since I was 10 years old, 1964. 

I've been driving around the US for several months.

My wife and I left Southern California to drive to our home in the Wash DC area on May 22.  We drove through Sedona, AZ, then stayed in Flagstaff that night.  A few hours into the drive on the 22nd we tried calling the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon for last minute openings.  This is one of those popular National Park lodges that people often book a year in advance.  But sometimes if you have flexibility you can catch a last minute cancellation and sure enough they had a cabin with partial rim view open for next day, May 23.  We left Flagstaff AZ on the morning of May 23 for 90 minute drive to Grand Canyon and experienced 34 deg temps and 3" of snow!  They had a sell out that day on Grand Canyon souvenir sweat shirts as many tourists were caught in t-shirts and shorts.  Our cabin cost approx. $220 for one night, pricey, but we were literally 40' from the Rim of the Canyon.  It was insanely scenic and the 24th was a much nicer day.

May 23, 2019, a nordic ski center at approx. elevation 8000' with a few inches of fresh snow, near Arizona Snowbowl Ski area.  I doubt they reopened for the day:-)

 

 

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1. At the Grand Canyon

2. View from Grand Canyon rim trail of Mt Humphries, highest pt in AZ, 12,600'.

3.  I hiked a few hundred vertical feet down the canyon on Bright Angel trail.

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That's awesome! You know, I just had the most unbelievable experience inside of that canyon and you don't really notice it until you leave. People were asking me, "so what are you going to take away from this trip?" And I told them I wasn't sure. I didn't know yet or even if I was going to take anything out of it. But now that I'm back, it just amplifies everything it amplifies. the fact that I'm settling in life it amplifies the fact that I need to find more nature in my area honestly it really amplifies the fact that I have to I'm miserable, I need to get out of here, and move back out west! Anywhere but cali! I just need to get out of this area! But in the meantime, if I could find local places that I already don't know about would be wonderful. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time it's truly a magical place indescribable and indefinable. Weather was beautiful the whole time we were there did not go below 55 the entire time at night and didn't go above 85. It was absolutely perfect. we had one major storm but it came through pretty quickly and just left. I was hoping for a bigger storm while we were on the water so I could see all of the waterfalls coming off of the walls. A few people on my trip were telling me about that.  I will post some pictures. I know I said I'm miserable, but at the same time I know I am one of the luckiest people in the world for not knowing a thing about rafting or what the lottery was about and being able to score a permit for the best time of year. So I don't mean to sound ungrateful!

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Havasu Creek. About a 4 hour hike and total to Lower Beaver Falls which is not pictured. This was the beginning of the hike, the crystal blue water only exists in this Creek and in the Little Colorado River (LCR). The Colorado River was green and clean the whole time!

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