LOCATION: Grand Canyon. Arizona
This item is part of my Trek America Trip Series.
I’ve been to the Grand Canyon before. I was 11, and it was while I lived in Arizona. At 11 years old, I never appreciated what I was looking at. I’m so glad I had the chance to come back and experience it again because it was a completely different experience.
The first night in the canyon, we walked along the South Rim. There is a sidewalk that takes you on a leisure walk around the area and ends at an inside observation deck. The walk proved to be gorgeous. A few times, we all got as close to the edge as we could for pictures. It’s crazy to me that they don’t protect the edges for this reason. Guess everyone is supposed to know you need to be careful. We made it to the observation deck and waited for the sunset since it was supposed to be so pretty. However, a bunch of clouds rolled in and washed the sunset away. I was sad since I really wanted to see it too. With the clouds, the weather also brought 30-degree temperatures. It was a weird feeling to be so cold in the desert, but we managed to handle it well with our thermal sleeping bags. As I slept that night, I could hear coyotes howling in the distance. I really missed being home in Tucson.
The next morning, we woke early to pack up and get a short hike in at the canyon. We had 2 hours and we decided to hike the Bright Angel trail as best we could. Hiking down the trail was easy since it was all downwards. There were a few steep portions that I slipped on, but it was still a nice hike down. Along the way, we had to stop to let the groups riding on mules go by. We went for about an hour since we still needed to hike out.
Finally it was time to return and our entire hike was uphill. It was semi rough, especially since I hadn’t had much to eat and was still working with a difficult knee injury. We all had to rest a few times because of the consistent incline. We made it out in 45 minutes though. Our hike up was shorter than the hike down! We blamed it on our constant photo taking. What a pretty trail to hike. We only wished that we could have made it to the bottom. This was perfect with the cool weather!
*Thank you to all the great people on my trip for accompanying me on this adventure. It wouldn’t have been the same without you all.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes, what a beautiful area! Eventually, I want to hike to the bottom and across from rim to rim.
Trek America Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.trekamerica.com