Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Frank W. Lee's Great Adventure--The Grand Canyon

Today's post is another in the series about my dad's 1932 trip out West.  On July 20, 1932, Dad walked to the bottom and then back to the top of the Grand Canyon, a walk that took 7 1/2 hours and covered 14 miles.  The photos below are those that Dad took on this hike into the canyon.  Notice that there are no photos of the trip back up to the top of the canyon.  I assume Dad was too sick to take any!  If you missed his travel journal account of this day, you can find it HERE

Most people rode mules on the trip into the canyon.
Dad and his friends decided walking would be safer.

Dad wrote in his journal that the view of the Colorado River
from the bottom of the Grand Canyon was "the most beautiful site
[he] had ever seen."

"10 degrees this side of Hell"

Grand Canyon photos in Frank W. Lee's photo album

Monday, April 1, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Frank W. Lee's Travel Journal, Part 3

Entry from Frank W. Lee's 1932 Travel Journal
Sat--July 20--32

Trip to Grand Canyon.  4 of us walked down through the canyon to the Colorado River.  The prettiest site I have ever seen.  Got sick on my walk back & could hardly make it.  Saw many cactus, squirrels, deer & scorpions.  Took us 2 1/2 hrs. to walk down & 5 hrs. back.  A total of 14 miles at the least.  Arrived back in Williams at 9:30 & here I met Kaufman.

Dad talked many times about his trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon--and his trip back to the top.  After watching other people ride mules up and down the canyon, he said he was terrified to do the same.  He said the mules walked right on the edge of the narrow canyon paths, and he was afraid they were going to step off or slip.  He didn't trust them!  His 14-mile hike in the heat, he said, made him the sickest he ever felt in his life.

Come back tomorrow for Dad's photos of the Grand Canyon!