Short day today, since I only had a little over 9 miles to the boundary of The Grand Canyon National Park. It was COLD last night! The National Weather Service says that Tusayan (the gateway town to the GCNP) got down to 21 degrees last night. I was camped about 600 feet higher than Tusayan, and though I don’t know the exact temperature when I got up just before sunrise, but “damn cold” is a good approximation. I think I may be approaching the limits of my (AWESOME) sleeping bag … I wouldn’t say I was cold all night, but I wasn’t exactly toasty, even though I slept in all of my clothes, my socks, hat, and gloves.
The upside of the frigid temps was that I was seriously moving out once I got started hiking … I covered the 9.6 miles to the GCNP boundary in less than 3 hours. It was truly awesome to see Parker waiting for me—especially since he has worked out a plan to get me around to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon / Kaibab Plateau to finish the remainder of the trail! We’ll spend the night here in Tusayan (eating take-out from the only restaurant in town that is still open), and make the 4-hour drive around to the other side tomorrow morning and get back on the trail. Best of all—a Parker has time off now to join me for the last 65-75 miles!
Daily Miles: 9.6
Total Miles: 684.2