Something that I forgot to mention in my last post was about our plans for day two. We both agreed that the 7 mile hike that we had for day one of the Grand Canyon was pretty easy and then we didn’t have much to do for the rest of the day. So we decided that instead of hiking 7 more miles, spending another night in the canyon and then hiking out the next day, just to do it all in one day. So we had a 14 mile hike a head of us that would climb in elevation more the a mile. We also needed to get an early start to avoid the heat.
The alarm went off at 2:30 am and we were up and on the trail after filling up with water by 3. By 3:01 I was sweating. It was very warm in the canyon where we were hiking, so I was thankful we were starting as early as we did. The moon was so bright that until we got around a corner in a canyon we didn’t even need to use our headlights.
The first 7 miles that we had to hike for the day were not bad at all. We were only going up 1500 feet over the course of those 7 miles so there hardly any elevation change. The canyons were really neat to see at night and I am happy we got to do a night hike there. Unfortunately, even though it was easy to see I couldn’t get a picture of them until the sun started coming up. This seven miles of hiking is down in what is called the box. It stayed very warm down there for the first 5 miles of it until we started getting a little higher. By the time we finished those 7 miles at the next campsite where we would have spend the night, it was 6 in the morning, the sun had been up for about an hour but it was significantly cooler then further down at our campsite where we slept.
The views were really pretty for the first leg of our journey and for the first part of the second leg, and then I just got tired. Even though it sounded like a lot of fun, hiking 14 miles with a heavy pack hiking uphill wasn’t as fun as it is made out to be even. So if anyone else is thinking about it, take a second and think a little harder. I won’t talk too much about that last part especially the last three miles, other then it was hard. I will just show some awesome pictures.
By the time I got near the end of my trek up this insanely tall mountain, I was getting a little irritable. I was very tired, I had a deodorant that had melted in one pocket of my backpack, a piece of cake (from the night before) that had melted in another, so I sat down to take a rest. We had gotten up into the woods by this point in time and the trail was pretty step. As I sat down on a rock I suddenly heard a noise behind me in the woods. As I turned to see what it was, I saw my water bottle tumbling down the hill in the woods. It fell down about 40 feet and disappeared in a very steep part. I was a little frustrated and about to just leave it, when I caught a glimpse of it. So I had to climb down there and get it.
When I finally got to the top of the hill after the 14 miles, the first sign I see is one saying I am a mile away from where our car is parked. So that added another 1.3 miles on to the trip.
We got out of Grand Canyon National Park totally exhausted and headed for the nearest hotel, 4.5 miles away in Nevada. We stopped for gas at what turned out to be a full service station and didn’t know what to do. I went ahead and still pumped the gas, but the guy washed our windows. We also stopped at an In ‘N Out for a burger.
We got to our hotel and were asleep before 9 after a very long day.