First crack at The Colorado. Our spirits began to revive.
We knew we’d make Phantom Ranch that night after seeing this clear shot of The Colorado… but that didn’t prevent the “Breakdown,” which occurred just around this bend.
You’ll have to read the book to learn what happened.
By the time we made it down to the tunnel the Sun had fallen. The last mile would be in the dark on the Canyon floor.
Minutes later the Canyon went dark. There would be no more photos from Day One.
Phantom Ranch Mule Operations
Edvard Munch-like apparitions referenced in the book fed the disorienting endogenous effects generated from the cold and the drama.
Colorado River rocks like the ones specified by Mary Colter to build Phantom Ranch, as as told by Jeff in the novel.
On The River Trail
Likened to Fyodor’s “House of the Dead” in my book. This walk along the Colorado on the Bright Angel was impossibly spooky leading to all sorts of bad thoughts of which chapter and verse appear in the book.
The sparkling steely Colorado from The Bright Angel Trail.
Quiet and majestic. You can hear yourself think.