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Old 06-12-2011, 09:48 PM   #31
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Dave you are a great father and a damn fine photog, what camera are you guys using? I am looking for something smaller than my DSLR to pack in a tank bag for quick access.

Matthew, you have a great eye with the lens, stick with it. I shot a 35 SLR until I was a teenager and dropped photography for teenager things, now a 42 I've picked it back up and wish I had all those years of experience in between. Stick with it you wont regret it later.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:08 PM   #32
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Maps?

Great photos... I'm headed down there in September. Any chance you can post a Google map of your route?
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:29 PM   #33
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hogdoc,
We had three cameras. We both had Panasonic Lumix point-n-shoots (TZ5 & ZS5) and the DSLR is a Pentax K7.

LostHighway,
I usually put together a map, but hadn't planned on it for this route. Except for Point Sublime I've covered all these roads before and added maps to my other 2 Ride Reports covering these roads. Maybe I'll put together a map and trail guide for all the roads I've ridden and can recommend here. In the mean time check the link in my signature for the other reports.

kanur,
Matthew got to raft this section of the Colorado River a couple weeks before this trip. He was on a school field trip and spent about 2 hours on the river. He also enjoyed seeing Marble Canyon from a different perspective.

Thanks dashredder, 00SS and roswellj for the nice comments!
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:50 PM   #34
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Cool2 A Sublime Sunset

























We set up camp at the end of the road. I scurry about dividing my time between shooting and cooking.
Even though we had the last backcountry permit for the area, there are only two other campers.





The only directions allowed for sleepwalking is north or down.





Basking in a Sliver of Light





The view is HUGE!

















The view from the point has a field of view of about 270 degrees into the canyon.





Humphrey's Peak 60+ Miles Away












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Old 06-13-2011, 10:00 PM   #35
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Sublime Evening

Matthew was impressed with the view, and he's been to some amazing places in his short life.
It was a special evening together that we'll both remember forever.
He heads into the tent to read.



I get a 15 minute star trail shot with the glow from the South Rim Village across the canyon.
There is a light from a camper deep in the canyon also visible here.



Sublime Sunrise is next!
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:01 PM   #36
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What a fantastic place for a camp site! Great pictures. Congratulations on the quality time with your son.

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Old 06-13-2011, 11:43 PM   #37
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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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Old 06-13-2011, 11:49 PM   #38
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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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So many nice pics, the last three are great!
Thanks for following along Bob!
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:55 PM   #42
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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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Old 06-14-2011, 06:01 PM   #43
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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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Old 06-14-2011, 08:30 PM   #44
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very very nice....... thank you......
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:50 PM   #45
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Your Son Matthew will cherish that trip for a life time!!You are 1 HECK of a Father!! I sure wish my father would of been around for trips like that when i was young!!
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