This years trip was run under the auspices of the Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI), their first ever offering of a motorized rafting trip. It will now be an annual trip (sorry - the 2014 departure is already oversubscribed, but the 2015 trip will soon be taking reservations - book with GCFI). The trip this year was an unqualified success - great education from three interpreters, fantastic hikes (including two new ones for me), and absolutely perfect weather. The outfitter was Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA), one of the most experienced outfitters on the river in Grand Canyon. Here are the pictures and stories.
these fossils found in the Mississippian Redwall Limestone.
datura metaloides flourish.
Colorado four o'clock growing along the trail to Saddle Canyon.
Encelia farinosa) was so full and green.
barrel cactus (Echinocactus polycephalus).
Foquieria splendens) was fully leafed out everywhere.