The Bright Angel campground was the first stop on our trip which I really fell in love with. It runs right a long side a stream that flows into the Colorado River. People would wade in the water to cool off and relax after a day of hiking, rafting, or just lounging around. It also has a building with an actual flushing toilet (with tissue), sinks (with soap and electric hand dryer) and drinking water. Each section is semi private, with places to hang your packs and containers to store your food. Though there were squirrels and other animals around, they really didn’t bother you (that’s if you put your food away). The deer that were around, pretty much ignored you and minded their own business as if they had just hiked down as well.
If you take a five minute walk past the campground, you would run into Phantom Ranch. Here is where you can get snacks and things to drink but not soda. The lemonade there was so good but I don’t know if it was because I had the luxury of ice or if I just enjoyed be able to drink something other than water. You couldn’t get food there, only through reservations but they did have wine and beer for those that were interested. Around the ranch, it had a volleyball net set up for those that wanted to play. It even had a seating area with a mist of water being circulated around with a fan. That was pretty nice if you were not interested in getting in the cool stream. If you hung around, there is an area where the Ranger would talk about the park and unknown facts that common people were not aware of. The Ranger even took everyone on a scorpion hunt. I didn’t go but I heard that they found a lot of them.
When you go to the bottom of the canyon, you really gain a lot more than those that stay on the rim but one thing that you have to relinquish is the ability to watch the sunset. Because you are so far below, you don’t get that option, which is really ok with most. Once it got dark, people either sat in the stream or retired to their tent, which is what I did. I laid there looking at the stars and listening to the stream, slowing falling a sleep to prepare for the next day hike. It is definitely a different view from at the top of the rim and is a world away from everything.
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