Grand Canyon – Day 1 “What are my options?”
June 21, 2010 § 5 Comments
We woke up around 4:30AM (I think – time in Arizona is screwy), quickly gathered our things, and headed to Lipan Point for the Tanner Trail trailhead.
The packs were heavy but the sight was breathtaking!
I started off pretty slow, carefully negotiating rocks.
Then it leveled off and I got better. I was in the zone! I love the desert! I love hiking! It’s gorgeous! I love desert hiking!
At some point it got hard again. We hiked a long stretch in the sun with no break. My pack got lighter as I drank water, but by the time we actually stopped for lunch (not the tricky little pretend lunch stop) I felt pretty awful. :(
After a long break, a piece of bread, and a couple pieces of cheese we continued on. I got some help with my pack from a couple others in the group (they were jumping around during lunch – jumping! with energy!). I felt bad that I couldn’t carry my share of the group things or even all of my own, but I had really come a long way in the past few months fitness-wise so I’m not sure I could have done things much differently.
Anyway, after 10+ miles of hiking we arrived at.the.Colorado.River.zzz….
I was never so happy to be somewhere in my life. The river was cold & the blisters weren’t too bad (except my hiking-boot-challenged toenails above). We saw a few rafters go by and I asked if I could ride with them and take a mule up at Phantom Ranch. *sigh* I’m glad I stuck with the rest of the trip, but was reduced to a pitiful mess by the end of that day. Dinner was tasty tacos though. :)