Grand Canyon Birthday Trek: A Preview

Trail to Plateau Point

Hey everybody! I’m back in New Mexico after a truly epic birthday at the Grand Canyon. Spending five days on foot in that place was extraordinary and I will spend the rest of my life searching for worthy words to describe the experience. In the meantime, here are a few photos. Lots more to come!

Hermit Trail Switchback

Lookout Point from the Hermit Trail

Trace Fossils

Stemming Monument Creek

Black Vishnu Schist & Pink Zoroaster Granite

Colorado River Self Portrait

Rafters on Granite Rapids

The Tonto Trail

Last Day Snowstorm!

Snowstorm Mule Train

Bright Angel Snowstorm

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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7 Responses to Grand Canyon Birthday Trek: A Preview

  1. Marissa says:

    Your photos are amazing–especially the ‘Bright Angel Snowstorm’!

  2. Looks like you guys had a great time! I look forward to more pictures.

  3. A true blessing for you to share your journey with us……en theos….†..jim

  4. sandy says:

    Wow, I wish I was there!

  5. mjspringett says:

    Glad you got out alive, waiting for more, thanks MJ

  6. NOw I understand why my BFF does this every year! Wow!

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