Jacob Lake Campground, Jacob Lake near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon - A lovely drive today to get the support vehicles from the South Rim to the North Rim for the trekker’s arrival on Monday afternoon. Such fantastic views that you would not believe. Look in today’s pictures for some of the shots. As you leave the Grand Canyon on the East entrance you get a fantastic view of the Little Colorado River as it comes into the Colorado. It has carved a huge canyon, as well. And the ride from Cameron to Jacob Lake takes you through the Painted Desert and past the Vermillion Cliffs. It is breathtakingly beautiful.
I heard such great news today. Kay will be riding a mule down to Roaring Springs on Monday to get the trekkers with the Mule Wrangler. The hike from Phantom Ranch is 14 miles to the rim. Cathy and Julie will be picking up mules at Roaring Springs, about 5 miles from the trailhead. A third mule will carry the backpacks and water for the all of the trekkers. But what they do not know is that Kay will be with the wrangler. Man, won’t they be surprised! Kay had to give up the canyon trip to help shuttle cars, and she was so disappointed. But Ken Chapman (our executive producer from CEO Enterprises) made a special phone call and reserved a mule for her, so she will be able to go 5 miles down the Kaibab Trail to meet the trekkers as they return. I am so happy for her. Wish I could do that, too, but alas, no. There will be many other things to do as the trip progresses.
I made a brief stop in Tuba City, AZ to do laundry today. Tuba City is on part of the Hopi Reservation, which is in the middle of the Navajo reservation. And there is little love lost between the two tribes. I do not know all of the particulars, but I presume that the Hopi feel a bit surrounded by their Navajo neighbors. One interesting thing: Arizona is not on Daylight Savings Time like the rest of the Mountain Time Zone. So while it is 2 pm in Santa Fe and Salt Lake City, it is 1 pm here in Arizona. Except on the Indian Reservations. The Hopi Reservation is on the same time as the rest of Arizona (regular Mountain Standard). But the Navajo Reservation is on Mountain Daylight Time. So I walk into the grocery store in Tuba City, and instead of 1 pm it is 2 pm. But the clock at the gas station down the block says 1 pm. It is Hopi owned and operated. Turns out that Tuba City is divided in half, but the times are determined by who owns the business, Hopi or Navajo. One fellow said that it is real important to know which businesses are Hopi and which are Navajo, especially if you are a deliveryman.
The town is a mix of poverty and middle class, with many neat homes juxtaposed with worn-out homes that look like they are condemned. The occasional Hogan (a traditional Navajo round dwelling) is seen, sometimes out of mud, adobe, or wood, but surprisingly there are a number of hogans and homes that have solar panels attached. These are supplied by Native Sun
, a Hopi enterprise that has helped us out in the past week. Our Solar panels were installed by Native Sun last week and are running the tech trailer, and doing a fine job of providing free, clean, silent power to run our satellite and computers. Not exactly what you think of when you think of reservations and Native American. We all have to rethink our stereotypes.
Now if we can just keep the trailer going.