In less than a week I will get in my car and head south to the Grand Canyon. It should take me no more than two days to drive the 1300 miles. Most of my month-long residency will be spent at the VerKamp's Visitor Center. It was built in 1906, and the upstairs has two bedrooms, an artist studio, a kitchen, living room and balcony looking over the canyon's rim. Bedding, towels, cookware and even a bike are supplied. Then, later in my stay, I will hike 9 miles down to the base of the canyon where I will bunk at Phantom Ranch for a few days. After that, I will hike back, stopping halfway up the Bright Angel Trail to stay at Indian Garden Camp Ground. There I will share a bunk house with some scientists working with the Condors.
Here is your opportunity to tell me what I should bring to the canyon for both the upper and lower parts of the trip. Think practical and impractical. Think about what you would want there. If I end up bringing something as a result of your suggestion - you will win something special from the Grand Canyon. I have no idea what. Some sage maybe?
So, go ahead. Tell me what to bring!!!!!
-Naseem Rakha 1/24/13