We paid our $5 and went to the visitor center. There is alot of good info about the area there, but we headed straight to the permit station. You have to get a free permit to hike to the canyon floor, and the ranger does his best to scare you about the dangers you will be facing. Undeterred, we headed for the trail to the bottom. Alyssa was full of energy and was nearly flying down the steps. The steps go way down to a suspension bridge that crosses the river. From there we crossed the bridge and headed down another set of steps to the point where a permit is required to go further.
|She was off like a rocket down the steps.|
|The rocks were slippery from many hands touching them.|
|This is the trail along the side of the river.|
|This falls was a little too steep and rocky for sliding.|
|The sliding rock!|
|It gets really fast at the end!|
|Alyssa went down over and over.|
|This is the trail back up.|
A couple days later, we all went back as a family so that Linda could see the gorge. She took the big girls and hiked down to the suspension bridge while I watched the littles. For some reason the gorge floor trail was closed the second time we went, so I was really glad that we went when we did.