Monday, October 22, 2007

Toroweap

Last week I took Maddie and Megan and we drove 90 miles on a dirt road to the Toroweap overlook. It is one of the only locations that you can see the Colorado River from the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Sarah did not join us, she does not enjoy dirt roads.

We arrived just as the sun was setting so the lighting is a little funky.
The view from the top. It is really a long way down;



The girls messing around on the rocks;


There are 10 campsites available on a first come first serve basis and I believe we were the 11th group to arrive. The girls were disappointed until I told them that we could backtrack to the BLM property and camp wherever we wanted.
I managed to get the tent up as darkness enveloped us. Without a flashlight we built a fire and cooked hot dogs, the girls of course thought it was awesome.
The air mattress must of had a slow leak because I awoke at 3am with a rock embedded in my right hip. I toughed it out until 7 when the girls awoke. We got up, packed up and drove home via Colorado City eating Doritos and powdered raspberry filled doughnuts on the way.

I want to give you a list of things to remember if you ever go out there.
1. Go early
2. Bring a flashlight.
3. Check the air mattress the night before.
4. If you don't enjoy bumpy roads don't go.
5. Go out and back thru Colorado City it shaves an hour of the ride each way.
6. At 60mph dirt roads smooth right out, and when you do hit a bump try to go limp and enjoy the split second of zero gravity.

3 comments:

Sarah Weston said...

Remind me again why I skipped this trip?

annebabe said...

i like the dorito/donut combo. yum-o

DW said...

I have done this most excellent camping adventure. You missed a few must-dos: 1) spit off the edge and try to hit rafters (amazing that the river is exactly below you!) and 2) take a few minutes and drive through the freak-show that is Colorado City. No need to travel abroad to see another culture!