All the way back on the first weekend of September I went on an overnight hike with other Green NAU employees. The destination? Indian Garden. The mode of transportation? A 1/64 Jeep CJ.

My first semester of grad school was kind of crazy but now that finals are done I can put a little mental effort toward posting this up. Expect me to disappear again come mid-January.

At this point it’s almost become a tradition for me to bring tiny Jeeps on hiking trips. But after lugging a mid-60's Tonka Willys GP along last time in Sedona, I wanted to go lightweight. Enter the Matchbox Jeep 4x4 from the 2000 “Camp Jeep” 5-pack.

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I will try to keep the commentary minimal and let the images speak for themselves. The other hikers thought I was nuts for a while but ended up finding the whole deal rather entertaining. They probably still think I’m nuts, t

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Down to Indian Garden campground! It’s a beautiful place with a natural spring, many shade trees, and a small library. I packed in Cards Against Humanity, which is always a good time.

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We hiked out to Plateau Point and just made it by dusk. The above image looks back at the trailhead.

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Jaw dropping beauty. Majesty. Photos cannot convey the depth of this canyon. You have not experienced the Grand Canyon until you have hiked into it. Go. Hike.

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My panorama skills are less than adequate but would you look at that.

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Enhance.

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The next morning. Exploring the campsite in the light.

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Climb back out. Slow and steady. Drink water.

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Fin.