Hi al Been back from my Amtrak / Grand Canyon trip for about a week now. Going through gear, cleaning and putting it away, having film processed and scanned.... Recap: I had the opportunity to boat 280 miles in the Grand Canyon on a private launch permit, as part of a small 9-person group. Three rafts, three kayaks, and a catamaran. The catch? I'm a kayaker, and the group needed somebody to row an oar-raft. I was told by raft guide friends that with my 25 years of kayaking (and reading) whitewater, I'd catch on right quick; so I went for it. I figured the raft would be a great platform for photography, and it was. I'd never boated the Grand Canyon before, and had never been in an oar-raft before we put-in. My tutoring started right then, as soon as we put in. My mentor had 15 runs down the Grand Canyon under his belt, and teaching experience, and vast knowledge of geology and Canyon hiking trails, so for 6 days I was taught how to row an oar-raft, geology, and told about hiking trails - plus went on some hikes as well. At the end of the 6 days, my mentor hiked out - he could only get so much time off work. My plan was to use a digital waterproof Olympus Tough 3000 as my workhorse camera. Cheap, droppable, and with the accessory strap it would float. But there was a problem - I couldn't generate enough electricity from solar power to keep it charged reliably. Not a huge problem - I packed some classic film cameras and 40 rolls of 35mm film, and 40 rolls of medium-format film. The cameras I took into the Canyon were all either rugged or cheap, except for my Widelux FV. It got babied, riding in a drybox in a drybag, only coming out when there was very little wind to kick up sandstorms. The rest of my cameras? Olympus XA (my first camera, bought new in Phoenix in 1982), an Argus C3 I bought for $10 at a garage sale, a borrowed Nikonos III, a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 6x9 folder, and a Ciro-Flex TLR, the Tessar-lens model. The only two cameras I worried about were the Widelux and the Nikonos.... Widelux due to price, Nikonos due to being borrowed. Anyway, things mostly went well. But the sand in the Grand Canyon is so fine, that every camera I used (except for my submersible digital, and my two sloppy medium-format cams) was somewhat affected by it. My XA feels a little grindy now in the advance wheel, my Widelux also has some grit in the aperture dial, etc. But I did get photos! Overall vacation plan was to take a train from Toledo to Flagstaff, where I'd meet up with the rest of the party. Train ride was memorable, as well - and photographed. Photos attached below.... Enjoy.