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Old 06-11-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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The Best of the Grand Canyon With My Son



Matthew and I would like to share our journey with you.





Follow along as we blast through the backcountry...





To see a special place in some of the least visited spots.





We share some wonderful camping spots...





and other fun things.





The views are sublime.

















On the Road Again!


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Old 06-11-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Day 1, Wednesday June 1st, 2011

Day 1 will be Matthew's longest ride in a single day. The Grand Canyon is only 200 miles from home,
but we are planning to wrap around the east end to reach the North Rim.
I planned to take the full day off from work so we could take our time with frequent stops today.
An emergency required me to work in the morning so it was about 1:15 PM before we left home.

We shoot up I-17 to Flagstaff.




Matthew hangs tough, and we make good time with minimal stops.














The Bridge in Cameron










Matt keeps a death-clinch on my belt.





The scenery across the Navajo Nation is great, but boring for us since we've seen it all too many times.














Miles of Asphalt Zip Past











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Old 06-11-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Across the Desert

Our trip will be 5 days of riding and 4 nights of camping.













We stop for a butt break at the Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon and the Colorado River, a great photo stop.




Matthew has shown some interest in photography, so look for the watermark on the bottom of his pictures.








It was windy.












Vermillion Cliffs




The Kaibab Plateau ahead promises to deliver cool forests and lush meadows.

One of my Favorite Images from the Entire Trip. Never be afraid to point a camera towards the sun... You just never know.
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Kaibab Plateau


Halfway up the side of the Kaibab Plateau we stop for pics. I saw the sunlight on the Vermilliion Cliffs...





Matthew saw the homestead below.





In no time we leave the scorching desert behind for the forests of the Kaibab Plateau.




We are still riding hard as the sun slowly sets.





We just may make our planned campsite before dark. I have a friend/co-worker who has already set up camp
just off the 22. It would be nice to spend an evening with them.
I thought I knew the way....




We make it to the 22, aka West Side Road.


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Excellent

The north rim, and the ride up from Jacob's Lake in the pines are spectacular-
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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I wished we had this sunset every night of the trip....


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Deer Abound!



After racing all the way past the Big Springs work camp, I realized we had missed our turn.
It was getting pretty dark, and Matthew was too tired for a lengthy backtrack/search.
We gave up on making it to our freind's camp. We found a nice spot for our own as the stars came out.




That's a long day for a 10 year old, all after 1:15 PM.
The forecast calls for a low of 26 F. Brrrrr!

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XLNT pics....gotta be a great time w/ your son...
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Sublime Sunrise

I'm up at first light.











































I'm not sure what the penalty would be for camping out here without a backcountry permit,
but this experience would be worth risking it if the permit was denied.
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So many nice pics, the last three are great!
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Departing Sublime

I get




a few more shots




and Matthew finally crawls out of the tent for breakfast.








The other two campers left before us leaving us alone together to pack up camp.
Off we go to explore the "back way" out of Point Sublime.




I knew this trail was frequently closed for deadfalls, but I don't think the camp ax
and folding saw I brought along would do any good with this freshly cut one.




Such a beautiful trail! I love the aspens.
















I finally coax Matthew into shooting more pics along the way.




















We exit the park into the Kaibab National Forest.




We use a maze of trails. The 268B to the 268, 223, 609, 206 back to the 22 and up to the friend's camp off the 228.





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After a quick cup of coffee at our friend's camp we head Northwest on the 22 towards Fredonia.











We drop off the Kaibab Plateau back into the hot desert.





F is for Fredonia



We meet our friends in Kanab, Utah for lunch. The kids all wanted McDonalds.

I have one more special place at the Grand Canyon to share with Matthew. It's my favorite view in all of Arizona.

We head back to Fredonia. Matthew saunters into the store for supplies.

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We head back to Fredonia. Matthew saunters into the store for supplies.


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I had to laugh out loud! Great trip and superb photos! We are headed there in a few weeks in the cage for a family trip ourselves.
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So many nice pics, the last three are great!
Thanks for following along Bob!
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To Toroweap

Southwest




to the Grand Canyon Tuweep Area!




The ride is a long and fast gravel road. The road is in much better shape that the last two summers.
Gone are the deep silt beds and the repaired sections have been packed down nicely.
The last 13 miles do get progressively rougher, but there are no challenges.




Our friends are driving the 4x4 out to Toroweap just for the day. We gave them a head start of about 15 minutes while we resupplied in Fredonia.
It was fun hauling ass as the little dust cloud ahead of us got closer and closer. We finally overtake them after 30 miles.









Done. We set up camp in the Toroweap campground.



It's a very warm day.



After changing clothes we ride the short 3/4 mile down to the overlook.

Ride to Toroweap: FUN!
Toroweap Entrance Fee: $0
Toroweap Camping Fee: $0
Toroweap Views: PRICELESS!

Where else is this true in a National Park?
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Cool2 From Matthew

A Report From Matthew
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Day 1
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I thought the first day was really boring because it was miles of highway. But we saw some really nice scenery. After riding for an hour trying to find our campsite, we stopped and camped somewhere else. I went on a field trip for school to the Grand Canyon and got to float through Glen Canyon on a raft!

Day 2
Day 2 was fun because after we found our campsite, I got to play with my friends. We made a fort under a tree and shot BB guns. My dad and I rode to Bright Angel point and Cape Royal and my dad took pictures (and I ate my favorite Mountain House Meal). The ride back was cold and dark. The view was amazing and totally worth it.

Day 3
I enjoyed day 3 because we drove up a very scenic road. We had a very cheesy pizza for lunch and we called my mom. Even though it was scenic, it was bumpy and we almost crashed in the sand and on a steep, rocky hill. It was scary.

Day 4
On the fourth day, my dad and I rode to Fredonia and had lunch in Kanab, Utah. After lunch, we drove to Toroweap (or Tuweep) and set up camp under a giant rock. We then drove to a point where we had an awesome view of the canyon. At the McDonalds, my friends came to have lunch with us. We went really fast to catch up with my friends. When we got there, I played on the rocks with my friends. When we were at the canyons edge, the birds were going over 70 miles per hour and one almost hit me. I left my camera on a rock and got it back from Todd, the ranger at the Tuweep.

Day 5
The next day, we drove back on the highway to home. We stopped at House Rock, a look of the canyon, a gas station, another gas station, and my house. At House Rock, there was a huge dust devil and was like a mini tornado. At Flagstaff, we stopped at Chili’s for long break and lunch. I was happy to get home and take a shower.
I enjoyed going on this trip with my father and processing my photos and practicing Photography. I want to go on a trip on my own motorcycle with my dad. The KTM is very uncomfortable, but I like it. I want to thank everyone for the compliments of my photos and reading about our adventure!
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