Another fabulous day! After sleeping in full view of the incredible night sky, we had a leisurely morning before our short hike up-river on the Beamer Trail.
My morning was marred a little when I discovered that, despite storing my food in a (very expensive) bear bag, and hanging it up off the ground, the mice still managed to get in it. I made a rookie mistake by not cinching the top tight enough and/or twisting the neck closed…those little sh**s can squeeze into the smallest crack–especially when there’s food inside. They ate most of my breakfast bar, one of my after-dinner candy bars, chewed through my bag cozy and gnawed holes in 2 of my dinners. Adding insult to injury, they pooped all over everything & I had to dump the entire bag out & clean everything up! Fortunately, I didn’t eat my afternoon snack yesterday, so I had an extra protein bar, and Doug had a couple extra ziplocks for my dinners. All, in all, much less catastrophic than it could have been.
The mice also found Oakes water bladder & gnawed a hole in it. Between the 4 of us we have plenty of water capacity to make up for it, but it is fair to say, we are not fans of canyon mice!
After coffee & breakfast (and cleaning up after the damn mice), we broke camp & headed down to the Beamer Trail which heads up the Colorado river. Our goal was a spot just up-river from Lava Rapids—about 3 miles. My pack was a couple pounds lighter today after eating a days worth of food, but it sure didn’t feel like it! I’m kinda embarrassed by how sore I was today … yesterday’s tough 10-miles took a toll. Today’s trail was mostly pretty easy, with the exception of a handful of pretty harrowing rock scrambles–not much climb, and mostly in the shade. About 10:00 we arrived at a fabulous camp site Whippet & Oakes know about from previous trips on this trail. It’s off the trail a ways, tucked back in a grove of mesquite trees—it was close to 100 degrees today, and the shade has been glorious! Just as awesome is the path (an overgrown, tangled path) to a beautiful stretch of beach right on the river.
After cooling our feet in the cold river, replenishing our water supply, and capturing the beauty of the spot on our cameras, we retired back to the shade to set up camp & eat lunch. After lunch, Oakes went exploring to an abandoned mine not far away, and the rest of us took a little siesta—it was fabulous!
When the sun dipped behind the Canyon walls in the late afternoon, we moved up out of the trees to enjoy the view while we had cocktails and planned tomorrow’s adventure. After dinner (a very mediocre homemade coconut curry for me), Whippet & I spent some time admiring the night sky — not as breathtaking as last night, but still pretty dang impressive. I’m writing this from my tent with no rain fly and a really cool view of the sky through the tree branches.
Tomorrow’s agenda includes a 14-15 mile day hike to the Little Colorado River & back to this camp. It’s gonna be another hot day, so we’ll start right at sunup.
So far I’m having an incredible time … a really fun group of people in one of the most beautiful, fascinating places on earth!