Early start today -- we have 19+ miles to cover, with 4,200+ feet of elevation gain, and only one day to do it.
After wolfing down some breakfast, grabbing some snacks and water, Nick and I were out of camp at 7:30am, with a promise to be back by 4:00pm.
There isn't really much to say about the hike, so I'm gonna let the pictures do the talking.
About a third of the way up, we did stop at an outcropping to take some pictures, though.
Around noon, we reached the rim and found ... a parking lot :-(
There were tourists around, looking at us like we were aliens, and they started asking us about the river, etc. It was a good time, but Nick and I had to scarf down some lunch, drink our beers, and start heading back down to the river.
We did take a few minutes to look for cell service, but came up more or less dry. Nick was able to get a call out, but we never had any data service. Alas.
We wound up reaching camp later than we promised: 4:05pm. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.
I don't really know what everyone else did during the day, but I really enjoyed the hike. It was awesome to push myself again and know that I've still got it :-)