Chronicles of the Wayward Moot

WELCOME TO THE MOOT, oh world-wanderers and word-whisperers. After two years of Peace Corps. After 2,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. What. Comes. Next?


It may look as if we're almost at the rim level but that's just an illusion. This photo was taken at the same place as the one below, and we were only about halfway up.

As soon as we'd gotten comfortable in our new surroundings it was time to begin the long climb back to the South Rim. We left Phantom Ranch at 4:30am so as to get as much of the climb over with before the heat of the day began blazing down. Here Kingfisher checks out the oncoming dawn near "The Tipoff" on the South Kaibab Trail. 4,800+ feet in just 6 miles. Awesome.

Always ready for duty, here the two explorers get sworn to uphold the tenets of the sacred order of the Phantom Rattlers inside a secret off-limits canyon ranger bunker compound. I'm not joking here. I've got physical proof that this ceremony took place.

Chocolate cake is never safe around a Peace Corps Volunteer. Or a thru-hiker for that matter. This was a double whammy that left nary a morsel undevoured.

What's the fun in hiking for three days down into the world's most celebrated canyon if you're hungry? We couldn't see any appeal in that and so worked some magic with Ranger "K-Bo" at Indian Garden who made us reservations at the Phantom Ranch for a stupendous steak dinner on our last night in the canyon. The ranch didn't disappoint!


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