Grand Canyon National Park: Lees Ferry Launch Ramp 2062

By | November 20, 2018

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Grand Canyon National Park: Lees Ferry Launch Ramp 2062
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(4000 x 3000) Lees Ferry is the only place within Glen Canyon where visitors can drive to the Colorado River in over 700 miles of Canyon Country, right up to the first "rapid" in Grand Canyon National Park. Here, adventurous river runners launch their boats for trips down the canyon. The launch ramp is a flurry of activity each day with rigging for both commercial and noncommercial river trips. In the morning, boaters meet with the Lees Ferry ranger for their pre-trip check in to get an early start to their first day on the river. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.

There are three different river trip opportunities through Grand Canyon National Park. Learn more:

Upstream to the Glen Canyon Dam, Fishermen enjoy world-class trout fishing. Backpackers finish their 4 or 5 day hike through the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area here. Day-hikers can explore the canyons and desert ridges. Lees Ferry is one of the driest location in Grand Canyon National Park, averaging only 6.1” of yearly precipitation.

Lees Ferry Campground has 54 designated sites. No hookups. Grills provided, no open fires. Quiet time 10pm-6am. Modern bathroom/comfort station, potable water available, launch ramp 2 miles. Gas and supply store at Marble Canyon, about 5 miles away. No reservations. per site/per night.

Lees Ferry is 42 miles (61 km) from Page via Hwy 89 south and Hwy 89A west. It is 85 miles (125 km) from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon via Hwy 89A and Hwy 67. The Lees Ferry Junction and Park Entrance is just west of Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. A paved road leads 5 miles (8 km) to the Ferry area. A National Park Service campground, ranger station, and public launch ramp are the only services available at Lees Ferry. There is a gas station, store, post office, motel and restaurant at Marble Canyon, next to the park entrance. More services are found west on Hwy 89A.

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Aesop handwash – Barbagallo
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Teriffic pliable pizza bases with crisp edges and silky yet perfectly al dente pastas at a chic trattoria. Posh-Italian prices are to be expected, but the tiny servings of simple antipasti seemed a bit too exorbitant.

The modern decor comes complete with pretty waitresses, but unfortunately slightly ditzy. To the extent that we got saddled with AUD55 worth of food that wasn’t ours.

Barbagallo Trattoria e Pizzeria
103 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 30002

Barbagallo Trattoria e Pizzeria – by Larissa Dubecki, The Age, March 2, 2010
Barbagallo Trattoria E Pizzeria – by Matt Preston, The Age, December 22, 2009
Barbagallo Trattoria e Pizzeria – Mietta’s
Barbagallo Trattoria e Pizzeria – UrbanSpoon

crap shot
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Image by NapaneeGal
Truly, I am not one to post photographs of toilets. Honestly. But ours is special (of course).

There was a master plumber and bathroom fixtures manufacturer named Thomas Crapper, who was born in 1836 and died in 1910 in his native England. As a young child, Crapper worked as an apprentice to a master plumber. After several years of training as a journeyman, Crapper himself became a master plumber by the age of 20. Crapper did plumbing work for a number of prominent English citizens, including members of the royal family. Eventually Thomas Crapper formed his own plumbing and bathroom fixtures company, which became one of the first to feature a public showroom.

Contrary to popular belief, however, Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern flush toilet. The flush toilet, also called a water closet, was already in use long before Crapper was born. What Thomas Crapper really did was popularize the flush toilet and make several minor improvements on its form and function. Crapper did invent the floating ballcock, a device which automatically shut off the flow of fresh water once the tank became full. Versions of Crapper’s floating ballcock valve are still in use today, although the tanks themselves are no longer mounted on the wall above the user’s head.

The other popular myth is that Thomas Crapper’s plumbing work was so admired by the royal family that he was officially knighted. While it is true that Crapper’s company did provide many of the fixtures and plumbing for royal accommodations, Thomas Crapper himself was never made a member of the knighthood. There is no "Sir Thomas Crapper" to be found in the history books.

While Crapper’s name appears forever linked to the bathroom fixture he promoted so heavily, he doesn’t even get credit for the coinage of the word crap. The word "crap" in the sense of waste products dates back to Old English and Dutch words roughly translated as "chaff". By the time of Thomas Crapper, the word "crap" had largely fallen out of popular usage in England, but not in America. Crapper’s last name just so happened to coincide with a slang word for defecation.

It is widely believed that American soldiers stationed in England during World War I noticed the company logo "T. Crapper" emblazoned on British toilets and made the connection between form and function. When these soldiers returned to America, the term "crapper" worked its way into the popular vernacular. Crapper himself died in 1910, several years before the association of his name with the product itself became popularized.
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