Saturday, February 10, 2007

Plan B

“We have a letter from the National Park Service.”

“It’s our permit!”

I ripped the envelope open to read “THANK YOU for your interest in the Grand Canyon! Unfortunately, your request has been denied because space is not available for the itinerary you requested.”

Tomorrow morning, Sunday, we implement Plan B. We’re driving to the Canyon to go into the Backcountry Information Center and attempt to get a permit for some other itinerary for early June. If this fails, we drop down to plan C which will exclude the Canyon and shorten our hike from 100 miles to 75.


Blogger Buffalo said...

I suspect they will be more amendable in person. Good luck.

2/11/2007 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Alex Pendragon said...

Back in the mid/late eighties when I lived in Alaska, me and the first wife took the train to Denali, caught the bus to the visitor's center, and landed permits to hike out from Wonder Lake, in the shadow of Mt McKinley, outwards towards the North, spending a day in each sector in a circle back to the lake. It was PERFECT! Of course, the wife was miserable, bitching and moaning and afraid a bear was going to eat us at any moment, but other than that, it was hiking heaven. I'll never forget it!

2/11/2007 02:55:00 PM  

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