The Rearview Mirror

Stubborn as a Mule

In 2003, we joined an elite group, The Master Muleskinners of the Grand Canyon Trail, when we rode mules into the Grand Canyon. We made reservations almost a year in advance. We arrived the evening before and checked into our historic cabin, which was located right on the rim of the canyon. Although it was June, the night was so cool we simply opened the window. There was no air conditioner in the room.

Early the next morning we had a hearty breakfast and went to the corral where the mules and our guide were waiting. He matched us each with a mule “according to our personality” although he’d never met any of us. When he told me I would be on Skidmark, I almost made a run for it. He actually gave everyone a chance to back out with a full refund prior to departure, but once we entered the canyon there was no turning back. One lady took the offer. We were each given a bandana and a canteen and told to take frequent drinks.

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