|View of Grand Canyon near Lee' Ferry boat landing|
There were 2 rapids within the first couple of miles, the first of many - there were over 140 rapids in the 187 mile trip.
Miranda and I were riding in Brad (left) and Zack's raft.
|Guides Brad and Zack in the back of our raft|
|Two rafts tied together for the orientation lecture|
|Hwy 89A Grand Canyon Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge over the Colorado River|
The Navajo bridges connect the North and South Canyon walls, soaring 470 feet over the Colorado River.
Hwy 89A travels over the downstream car bridge built in 1995. The upstream bridge, now for pedestrian traffic (and apparently condors), was built in 1929.
The Navajo Bridges are last place a car can cross the Grand Canyon until 350 miles south, where cars can again cross the canyon at Hoover Dam.
We passed under the Navajo bridges around 11:30 AM.
|Pedestrian Bridge over the Grand Canyon|
Condors can cross the canyon where ever they want, but seemed to prefer the Navajo bridges.
I only remember seeing condors clearly the first day, at the Navajo bridge area, where they rested below the pedestrians on the bridge. Throughout the rest of the trip, a large bird might be spotted for fleeting moments, but I never saw one clearly enough to watch for a while, or photograph.
Around noon, the rafts were pulled up onto a sandbar. Lunchtime! The crew efficiently set up a washing area, serving table and a lunch spread.
|Lunch in the Grand Canyon, Day 1|
Lots of food, lots of choices. 3 kinds of chips, 3+ kinds of meats; lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions, avocados; 3+ kinds of pickles, choices of bread; Mayo, salad dressing, low fat options (5 options here); margarine, honey, Peanut butter and jelly, cookies, and more.
|Grand Canyon Lunch, Day 1|
After lunch we went through a series of rapids called the Roaring 20's : 26 rapids between mile markers 20 and 30. But more on rapids - in another post.