A post in pictures: Grand Canyon National Park edition.
Note: two days in a massive national park that also happens to be a mile deep canyon is NOT enough time.
2nd Note: My calves hurt for 6 days after this mini-adventure. I’d do it all over again in a heart beat. One of my favorite trips to date!
Bright Angel Trailhead, aka where you still have tons of energy and are psyched about the hike (descent) ahead!
Scouting out the canyon, not knowing tomorrow brings a 20 mile hike!
I’m considering getting my yoga teaching certification just so I can lead classes from THIS SPOT. Amaze.
Hike-a-thon meal & snack preparations (I thought I was hiking 9 miles round trip; therefore, this would have been overkill. It almost wasn’t enough food!)
Did you know when you hike 10 miles DOWN a canyon, you have to get yourself back UP those same 10 miles? If you didn’t know, your body will let you know.
Do you see that tiny baby trail below me? That is about a mile worth of switchbacks down the canyon. Only a few more miles to the river?
At the 4.5 mile point, aka last place for sanity, rational decision making, and water, you are greeted with this sign. Pay no attention and keep going because you aren’t tired yet.
little stream creek spring massive river emerges! It is 40-something degrees, and no one can get in it because of the speed in which it is gushing through the canyon. One of the most exhilarating moments, bad-form-exhausted yoga poses ensue!
Not only do you have to head back up the canyon (10 miles!), you get 20 minutes to enjoy the amazing place you just arrived at AND you have to find time to scarf down some calories. At this point you are eating for requisite calories not because you are hungry.
Freezing rain storm…then rainbow!
Camp provisions: freeze dried veggies, jet boil, Modelo.
Working on my Camelbak sponsorship:
Superfood oatmeal & breakfast guest:
Wonderful adventures. Made it out safely. Thankful & grateful.