The morning sun casts it's rays on the far side of the canyon.
Our campsite at Unkar Creek was in the middle of a long, sweeping s-curve and we would travel away from Tabernacle Butte (aka The Tabernacle), in the upper-right side of the above photo, before turning back toward it. The River takes so many different twists and turns as it goes through the canyon that you lose all sense of direction and it was really confusing sometimes.
As soon as we left camp, we went through Unkar Rapid, rated a 6 on the Grand Canyon scale. Nothing like a refreshing jolt of cold water to start the day! Especially since the sun had not yet reached that section of the canyon.
I really, really wanted to go but knew that my legs and probably my lungs could not handle it. I also knew that I'd never be able to keep up with the fast pace that Matt sets. Afterward Sue told me the hike "was brutal."
Deanna was still hobbling around with her sprained ankle so she didn't go either. Priscilla and KJ hiked up over that first ridge and a little further then returned to the river about an hour later. I wandered along the river bank for a while, going from one side to the other as far as I could.
The view to the South. What lies around the bend?
A hearty flowering plant brightens the landscape.
Shortly before noon, the first of the hikers climbed down off the ridge.
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 6 - Part 1 :: Unkar Rapid to Rattlesnake Canyon," Kinexxions, posted November 1, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-6-part-1-unkar-rapid-to-rattlesnake.html : accessed [access date])