We left Mather Point and headed to Grand Canyon Village. We sat on the ledge and a guide pointed out the condors flying in the canyon nearby. The Village sits at about 6,800 feet elevation and holds the parks lodges and restaurants. The guide told us about the Bright Angel Trail which unfolds down from the Village and out across the canyon. He offered his binoculars so that we could look down at hikers making their way into the canyon and out to Plateau Point. Bright Angel, visible in the photo above and below, is one of the most popular trails in the park. From the trailhead near the Village, the trail descends then passes two rest houses, goes through “Indian Garden” (the grouping of trees midway out in the photograph above). The trail ends at Plateau Point approximately six miles from the trailhead. We were tempted to start the descent, but it was late morning and covering 12 miles and more then 6,000 feet of elevation change didn’t seem like the smartest idea. Instead, we sat and watched the condors. Pesky squirrels interested in our snacks came alarmingly close, but the ever helpful guide was a quick fire with a squirt bottle filled with water — an incredibly effective way to scare off the squirrels. By early afternoon, I was ready to start hiking.