Hermit, part 1

Today’s the day my ace support crew emerges from the Grand Canyon after her backpacking expedition. I need to pick her up, and we’ve arranged a rendezvous point at Grand Canyon Village. However, it’s impossible to know what time she’ll climb out of the big ditch, and there’s no cell signal, which prevents her from alerting me. But I have a strategy.

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They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

6 response to "Hermit, part 1"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 23, 2019

    Great photos and commentary, as always.
    All I can say about Hermit Trail, is , YIKES, and Ill bet that is one of the easier parts?

    John Wesley Powell, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and frequent lecturer at Illinois State (Normal) University. How cool is that!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 23, 2019

      She says climbing out via the Hermit Trail was grueling, but reasonable. Descending on the Boucher (boo-shay) Trail was described by all concerned as “terrifying.”

      My ace support crew, having attended Illinois Wesleyan and graduated from ISU, practically claims JWP as a long-lost cousin. You’d think the old guy was born and raised in Blue Mound Township and learned his boating skills on the mighty Mackinaw River. 🙂

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 23, 2019

    Your wife must be superhuman to climb up that canyon with a heavy backpack. Does she or other hikers put photos on the internet somewhere I wonder. Like the shirt, was California ever a republic?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 24, 2019

      Definitely takes good health and serious training for something like that. Lots of backpacking photos, stories, and chatter on the Web — just like bicycle touring — especially with Facebook groups for Grand Canyon, Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Whitney, women hiking, etc.

      California Republic (also known as Bear Republic and Bear Flag Republic): “The California Republic (Spanish: República de California) was an unrecognized breakaway state that for 25 days in 1846 militarily controlled an area north of San Francisco, in and around what is now Sonoma County in California.” That’s where I live.


      • By: The Navigator Posted: April 27, 2019

        There is a really interesting book about Kit Carson by Hampton Sides called Blood and Thunder. The role of Fremont and the Mexican-American war, etc are discussed in that book, as well as Carson’s many different roles throughout. I definitely recommend the book if you are at all interested in Carson or the various battles of the Mexican-American and “Indian Wars”. It goes well with the territory you’ve just covered.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 25, 2019

    Shame there’s no grizzlys left in California now.

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