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Team: South
Lorie McGraw
Tuesday, September 3
Trekkers Return and an Old Cabin
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Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike

Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike

Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike

Wayne after the Grand Canyon Hike
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

03-09-2002

Jacob Lake Campground, near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The trekkers came off of the trail yesterday, and they were so exhausted, yet exhilarated. I met the first group at noon at the North Kaibab trailhead. Kay went down earlier in the day with the mule train to meet Cathy and Julie at Roaring Springs. She passed the other trekkers on the way down, and boy were they surprised!
The scenery here is so different from what we have been seeing. Tall aspens that are starting to turn yellow for fall, as the elevation here is 7956 feet and is higher at the rim. So autumn somes early and Labor Day is when they will start to turn. Also we are seeing Douglas fir, white fir, and alpine fir, with some spruce and, of course, the ever-present Ponderosa pine. It rained a bit last night (with lightning, too) and the campground smelled like vanilla.
Hunting season (bow hunting for deer) has started here. Hunting on our public lands is a very popular pastime across the US. Today I was in the visitor’s center uploading some photos and the ranger told me that this time of year the hikers and birdwatchers come into conflict as the birdwatchers have to put up with the ATVs (four-wheeled All Terrain Vehicles) and pickup trucks barreling around on the Forest Service Roads and scaring the birds (and the people, too). Solution? The ranger tells the bird watchers and hikers to go into the National Park and Wilderness Areas, where hunting and ATVs are forbidden. Pretty good solution. Personally I do not care for the noise of the ATVs, but the folks that do like them should be able to ride them on public lands. I am very much in favor of making designated ATV trails, and the ATV clubs have very good educational programs for responsible ATV use. It is sad, though, that a few bad apples will ruin it for the rest of the ATVers that do ride responsibly.
We saw an old Forest Ranger’s cabin at Jacob Lake (which is currently dry). They have restored it to the 1910 original. Very neat place. Bill Torres and Mickey Wells gave us a tour and explained all of the furnishings and kitchen appliances that a ranger and his wife would have used around 1910. They want to have a Living History program there in the future. What a perfect place to do it, too. And what a great way to help visitors to the area appreciate the history and tribulations that the early settlers endured around here. This is a very harsh land at times.

Sad news. One of the 29 California Condors that lives here in the canyon and Vermillion cliffs has died. There are so few of these magnificent birds that the loss of one for whatever reason is a tragedy.
for Tuesday, September 3
North South Both




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Lorie McGraw
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