Going hiking & camping at Indian Gardens


(click on picture to get better view of food)

I went up to our general store to buy a bunch of food for my hike tomorrow. Not sure if I bought to much food or not enough. 🙂
I will have more bottles of water that is not in the above picture, and when I finish the ice tea I will use those bottles for water too. Unfortunately water is not on yet at the 1.5 mile resthouse, so I will have to refill all water containers at Indian Gardens for when I hike back out.

Now Indian Gardens is 4.6 miles down the Bright Angel Trail. It usually takes me over 4 & 1/2 hours to get down to it because I usually stop alot to rest & take pictures. But when my son went down last month, he said it took him about 2 & 1/2 hours to reach that spot. So I will hope to get there tomorrow in about 3 or 3 & 1/2 hours. Course its not the hike down that will bother me….its that long crawl back up that always kills my legs.

I have my permit for 2 nights down in the canyon. I am hoping my legs feel good enough to get to Plateau Point; which is another 1.5 miles away from Indian Gardens….for an extra 3 mile round-trip. I have never gone to Plateau Point before so I figure seeing as I have some extra time to explore around that I might as well do it now.

Well for the rest of this night I have to pack up my backpack and figure out how to tie on my small blanket to the backpack. Its still pretty chilly out at night so this will be the first time I have brought a blanket with me. Luckily my son also left his big hoodie here last month too, for me to bring on this camping trip.

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