We timed our adventure well. The weather, sunny with a high of 61 degrees and a light breeze, was perfect. The scenery was spectacular, and changed in color and intensity as the sun shifted throughout the day, and — best of all — crowds were low. We crossed paths with only about 75 other hikers and a couple dozen mules on this early November Sunday.
I was apprehensive about attempting a hike in which the up comes after the down, and rightfully so. It’s a tough way to end a hike! All the tips we read said to plan twice as much time to ascend as to descend, but at my slow and steady pace, I spent the same amount of time on each.
Glad I did it, but wow, once was enough for me. Tim, meanwhile, got the itch to add a rim-to-rim hike to his bucket list. Guess I’ll serve as the support chick when the time comes, and pick him up when he gets to the other side!
Snarky, irreverent, occasionally sentimental, viewing the world with head cocked and one eyebrow up. Navy wife (retired), mom to two bigguys, full-time RV traveler with husband. Shit breaks and we make mistakes. Join me anyway?
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2 thoughts on “Grand Canyon hike: Check! And nobody fell in. Or got pushed.”
I think our writing styles are very similar, just from reading this. As for the G Canyon? Nope, I don’t ever need to go back! I mean, I WILL if something comes up, but I guess I am more of a closer-up, touchy-feely type of voyeur. : )
Like Marble Canyon. Or Zion. The GC has its awesomeness, and yes, the massive challenge of coming back up on the way OUT! I get how dangerous it can be. Safe travels, guys! I hope we cross paths one day!
I agree! We share a similar voice and cock-eyed world view. I think you’ll also enjoy my post about a hellish day at Yosemite, at http://ownlessdomore.us/2016/07/15/backpackers-stink-and-so-does-yosemite-in-july-omg-just-dont-do-it/. Consider yourself warned.