Right about here is when our uphill trek began ... uphill at 7500+ feet elevation. Oy.
Yet another 90-second slideshow (and yes, that is a large rattler!) ...
Next up, the rest of the portion of Peekaboo Loop that we climbed.
This day's hike made the former night's hike look & feel like a mere stroll in the park. :-} Expecting a longer, tougher hike, we started the day with a hearty, free hotel "breakfast of the champions"; which, for the Dudes, translates to being a plate piled high with bacon. Well, ok, I'm simplifying. Middle Dude also added Fruit Loops & pancakes to his plate to complement the bacon. ;-)
Off to the Rim. We parked at Bryce Point (where we expected to finish); took the shuttle to Inspiration Point; and walked the Rim trail to Sunset Point, where we again went down the Navajo Loop. There was a prescribed control-burn fire happening the park while we were there. We saw its effects off and on throughout the day.
More to come …
Heading back up. [huff, puff, rest. repeat.]
Trail facts: we started at 8000 ft elevation; dropped to 7476 ft elevation (duck soup); and climbed back up (not duck soup). Temperature hovered just under 90*. We were mostly in the shade. Big Dude tracked us on the phone. His stats: 2.3 miles. 50 minutes moving time. 1hr47minutes total. And in the following slideshow, I condense our whole hike into 90 seconds so you may vicariously -& quickly- come along with us - down down down & up up up. :-)