>>> so how HOT was it?
We started out on North Rim [North Kaibab Trail] at 4 AM and about 48 degrees F. . .eight hours later in the Box, it was 112 degrees with about a 20 knot blast of wind up canyon. I think engineers call that the Bessemer process.
>>> Maverick is making 80 transits, then he's got to be making them at night.
Indeed mostly so until Fall.
>>> Any sign of MTB's being ridden in the canyon?
None where I saw. In fact, there was little biking going on anywhere. . .Grand. . .Zion. . .the Big Empty in between. . .LOTS of creosote bush, though.
>>> Did you see Ribbon Falls & Upper Ribbon Falls?
Ribbon briefly. . .we had the heat and were nursing an injury so we dallied only to hydrate and eat.
>>> Is that faucet with cold water still somewhere in the middle of Box?
Didn't see it. The last safe water is at Cotton Wood. Honestly after two hours of the Box, I wanted to curl up in a fetal position and tell the Missus to just sell my stuff.
Oh yeah, one more thing. There is a flock of California Condors in the Canyon!!! God A'mighty, I almost peed myself when they wheeled into sight one night. What a privilege to see 'em.