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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

@ {Hiking Part of Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon}

Yes we did go down this 9 mile trail for a couple of miles... Just to get a taste how it feels like, descending the steep, around 15% incline, narrow path.
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{Hiking Part of Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon}

Yes we did go down this 9 mile trail for a couple of miles... Just to get a taste how it feels like, descending the steep, around 15% incline, narrow path.
Tuesday, September 2nd we're on the Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon...
Yes... Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon - America’s Most Dangerous Hikes ←click it.
We are aware of this dangerous hike, so we only did stay for about 2 hours on the trail; that is down and the hardest part, climbing back up!
Starting at 6,840 ft or 2,085 m and soon you will see the Upper Tunnel, mentioned at the top.
You can find the above info in Grand Canyon National Park's Pdf on pages 13 and 14, just click the pink link.
Here we both look down onto other hikers, passing through the Upper Tunnel...
When mules pass, stand to the inside of trail and follow mule guides instructions...
We were lucky as no mule passed!
Now it's me, reaching the Upper Tunnel.
The trail is wide open, into the depth that is...
Pieter, standing next to the same rocks that he did capture on camera in the previous photo.
13 minutes later I took this photo of Pieter with the Nikon, a sign just before some steep hair-pin bends!
Do you see the trail ahead of us?
Look at that line in the center of the photo...
Here again you can see the trail in the center of this photo, taken two minutes later...
Pieter ahead on the trail, looking at the vast view of the Grand Canyon.
Different behind each bend we take, winding down to the bottom where the Colorado river runs.
Three minutes later, Pieter gave up and sat down but I wanted to still see what's around the next bend!
Pieter argued that our way back up would even be harder!!!
Six minutes into my solo descend I saw this...
Tempting to go on...
In Every Walk With Nature One Receives Far More Than He Seeks ~ John Muir...
Do you see the two red ? That's where I somewhere left Pieter behind and you can see people on the trail...
Okay, enough... so I climb back up and find Pieter still sitting there.
Both of us went back up and it was good we had plenty of water in our small back packs and also some salty snacks.
We did rest at Bright Angel Lodge, with a coffee and snack, before we walked back to our Maswik Lodge where Pieter took his well earned nap!

Related links:
Grand Canyon Bright Angel Trail 360 panorama view from the bottom up; select 8x speed...
BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL - History info and photo showing steep switchbacks further down...
{Grand Canyon South Rim Motorcoach Tour} | previous post by me
{Riding the Grand Canyon Railway} | previous post by me

Friday, October 31, 2014

{200 Countries Visited and link Back to Grand Canyon South Rim Motorcoach Tour}

Only 21 days after 199 Countries Visited, the newest country flag of Vanuatu showed up on October 30...
 Somehow I messed up my previous post while I was on the road yesterday; releasing the newer post too soon. SORRY about that! When you are off to the funeral of a good friend who left to heaven at just the age of 65... it takes your mind off a bit.
Here is the link to click on, for going right back to it again:{Grand Canyon South Rim Motorcoach Tour} ←click it!
Welcome Vanuatu as my 200th different country!
Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia
Thanks to all of my humble readers, all over the world!

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{Riding the Grand Canyon Railway} | previous post by me

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