Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Colorado River!

Standing on the rocks barefoot after a long hike down the Grand Canyon, our hiking class relaxes after finding a beach on the Colorado River. The views of the river were spectacular and although the river was a their feet in the water.  
                The Colorado River is a beautiful water way that stretches from Colorado to the Gulf of California. This river has natural water world pulls and currents that kept the current of the water powerful.  We crossed two main bridges in order to get to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
                The Phantom Ranch is now a logging and camp site and what used to be a resort for the wealthy in previous years. The site had many cabins and some tents with great informational signs full of the history of the Grand Canyon. This site also included a ranch where the working mules were kept when they brought down the supplies from the top of the mountain. It is amazing how these great animals could have brought down all of the supplies for this entire logging operation. Phantom Ranch is also a great place to fish and see many animals. While on a night hike I encountered a fox on the trail; it was a thrilling experience to see such a large wild animal in its environment.
                This amazing experience has opened my eyes to many National and State parks. I have a new appreciation for the natural wonders of the world. This experience was a once in a life time experience to be able to see all of the mountain ranges we hiked in such a short time. I will never forget the breath taking views and the physical challenges we encountered on our trip. Thank you Dr. Fischer for all your hard work for planning this amazing class and my parents for giving me this opportunity.
 Posted by AHB for Laura Chenos

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