Two Green-tailed Towhees under my tent vestibule woke me up - little goofballs! Made an exceedingly strong cup(s) of coffee and oatmeal while watching my little bird buddies. After we got our stuff together, we drove the 2 hours to the North Rim side of the park for an 8 mile hike. I parked Vladimir and we were quickly mobbed by yellow jackets. We could hardly get out of the car - they had surrounded it. I think something similar has happened in past nightmares of mine. I really don't do well with buzzing. Buzzing doesn't do well for my sanity. Managed to get out of the car eventually and the yellow jackets were just freaking swarming it. Hundreds of 'em. Made it really difficult to get backpacks and stuff out. Yikes. They were snarfing all the dead bugs off the bumper. Huh. Interesting. (I looked at the bumper when we got back and all of the bugs were gone)
The hike was awesome and the only people we passed were three of them on our way back, close to the trailhead. Excellent. Again, the Black Canyon is just plain impressive. Zac and I are going to have to go back and do a few day trip into the canyon. Too much fun not to!
The light wasn't so great on the hike, so I didn't take too many landscape shots. Still an exceedingly beautiful place though. Thunderheads were coming in once we got to the top so we hiked back fairly quickly. The rain held off until after we made dinner luckily and the cloud cover made it less chilly than the night before which was kinda nice. The plan for a short evening hike was thwarted by the rain, so I got some reading done in my tent. (doesn't that lichen covered rock on the bottom look exactly like a hedgehog??)