We stopped by Elves Chasm during the 5th day. After a short hike up, you come to the falls and if your brave enough, one can climb up into the rocks and jump down into the water pool. Also quite fascinating geologically as the rocks in this formation are about 1.8 billion years old.
One of those “is it going to pour?” moments. Lots of thunder and quick moving clouds had us worried a fast storm could suddenly come barreling through the canyon. And even if it didn’t hit us directly, there’s always the risk of a flash flood coming out from one of the smaller side canyons as water from the rim heads downwards.
We stopped at the Little Colorado River in the morning of the third day. I was quite amazed by what I saw. The water was a beautiful light blue like the volcanic pools in Iceland and small travertine terraces had built up like the ones I had seen in New Zealand. A geologists playground. Of course, they were all too busy wearing their life vests as diapers as they floated through the small rapids, which I must admit was rather fun to do.
As I had missed the hike the first evening of the trip, I was determined to make the second one. You’ll notice on the right, just in the rock, there’s a group of people sitting along the ledge of an old Anasazi granary where they would store their crops. It’s only 700 feet above the river in the vertical Canyon wall. And we complain about driving around the corner to the supermarket.
Meet Barry. He’s a Desert Spiny Lizard if I can google correctly. He kept me company in the evening after our first day on the river in the Grand Canyon. I had attempted to do the evening hike, alas the heat had gotten the better of me so I didn’t make it too far before I felt like I was going to be sick. I took a seat and rested for a bit on a rock. After a few minutes, all manner of lizards starting scurrying about eating the ants in the sand. Barry let me get some shots of him. Cute little fella.