While Linda was getting ready for the day with her coffee, I ran into Trenton to do the Journal entry, check emails, and confirm our service appointment for Monday morning.
I also recorded a couple of geocaches in the area just in case we wanted to do those on Saturday.
Back home we joined Tiko & Misti for some grilled hot dogs and chicken legs for lunch.
Then we walked from the campground to the West Rim Trail loop. It's a 4.8 mile loop around the - you guessed it - west rim of the canyon. The first few photos yesterday were from the east rim.
This hike is truly a "rim" hike as we were right on the edge of the canyon. There were several lookout stops with rails, but just as many without. The views were terrific against the blue sky.
Misti & I, being the ones most leery of falling (translation: scared stiff of heights), hung back. Linda encouraged me to come to the edge. I explained to her that there is no longer much incentive to push me, since we lowered my life insurance significantly. :)
Linda and I identified birds and plants along the way for our young friends. Of course, that led them to expect we knew 'em all. Not quite. :)
It was a nice hike. It was fun being with Tiko & Misti who have spent most of their time in Florida. The mountain and canyon views and waterfalls are much different than what they were used to in the Sunshine State.
After our 3 or 4 hours of hiking, we returned to the campground. Holy cow! It was exploding with people. Our quiet little campground was now busting at the seams and folks kept arriving into the night. We set outside and watched the activity and the birds (that's a white breasted nuthatch below) around Linda's feeder until it got too cool to stay out.
Though the park rules say they are strict about number of cars and people on each site, they were not enforcing anything. There were 8 cars parked on the two sites right across from us and we don't know how many tents.
We expected a bit of a crowd for the weekend, but we had no idea there were going to be 35 people per site all around us. :) At least they were relatively quiet.
Linda hadn't felt well all day. We think that her body has trouble getting used to all the different climate changes we go through. I'm sure it didn't help that the tree pollen count was listed as "extreme".
So we were off to bed at a decent hour. It's supposed to be nice again tomorrow with a few more clouds. The geocaching thing, away from the weekend park crowd, looks better and better. :)