We have had a busy and beautiful week. We were set to connect with our 2nd Grand Canyon Trust volunteer trip on Thursday at the Kane Ranch, so we headed down through Utah via the Scutumpah Road (a scenic dirt road that takes you by Bryce Canyon, Pink Cliffs, White Cliffs, and Grey Cliffs). We had heard from our friend Kirstin, that we had to try mountain biking on the Rainbow Rim trail that overlooks the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It was awesome and we will be adding a post about that any day now. After our ride, and a celebratory milkshake from Jacob Lake Inn, we managed to find a wonderful free campsite halfway down the Kaibab plateau, that overlooked the Vermillion Cliffs. It was a great introduction to the area where we would be volunteering for the weekend.
So from Thursday through Sunday we were volunteering on the Kane Ranch (post to come in the next few days). We made new friends, ate great food, and watched the sunset every night from the porch of a ranch house built in the mid-1800′s. What an awesome opportunity. From there we had a few days until we were scheduled to volunteer in Chinle, so we continued to explore, camping on the edge of Marble Canyon (which leads into the Grand Canyon), swimming in Lake Powell, and then camping on the edge of Thousand Pockets near the historic Dominguez and Escalante route. We rounded out our tour of northernmost Arizona by driving from Page to Chinle, where we are now volunteering through the Muskoka Foundation. Jay and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have now thoroughly covered the top of the state. It is a fascinating and varied landscape.
Hours volunteered: 48 hours (combined) working on the Kane Ranch Native Plant demonstration garden with Grand Canyon Trust and restoring Mule deer habitat in the Kaibab National Forest for National Public Lands Day
States: 2 – Arizona, Kaibab National Forest, Kane Ranch, Page, Chinle; and Utah (though only in Utah for a couple of hours to go swimming in Lake Powell)
People Visited: none
Nights under the stars: 4, Kaibab National Forest, BLM land near Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyon De Chelly
Best meal: All of the meals at the Kane Ranch were awesome, but eating Bacon Cheeseburgers with Kane beef on National Public Lands day was particularly special
Best beer: Ska Brewery Ten Pin Porter — picked up a great sampler pack in Page