Well, is it true? It is for me.
There. I said it.
Because that’s how uninteresting the Grand Canyon was for me. Like many, I had been looking forward to seeing it for a long time. When I got there, all excited to see it, I wanted to have that “WOW” moment.
Therefore, I looked down at my feet all the way till I was at the very edge, and then I looked up… anticipating an enormous nature orgasm.
Which didn’t happen.
It was like, ‘Oh. Ok. There it is. Well. Dammit, I’m not blown away.’
I’m not going to lie to you- The Grand Canyon was one of the top destinations I wanted to see. However, I had just come from what is considered to be the very beginning of the grand canyon, Marble Canyon. (And I LOVED Marble Canyon.)
The cliffs were way closer together, as opposed to the Grand Canyon. This allowed for one to really see the depth and the scope of the giant crack in the Earth. You could see the birds flying around near the other side of the walls, the details in the rocks on the other side, and you could see the river below. All good.
I think Marble Canyon ruined the Grand Canyon for me. So when I got to the GC, it just looked like a huge deep hole. One that you can’t see the details of its other side because it’s so far.
I have talked to a few friends who had the same reaction as I did so that was rather redeeming.
Still, I made the best of it and enjoyed smaller details of it. I hiked, walked The Girls, inspected a ton of Elk’s bones and made like I was falling off of the edge of a cliff.
I got a kick out of this! So I did my signature ‘look like you’re falling over the cliff’ routine because I just had to. Immediately following my shenanigans, the rest of the crowd waiting to take their shot at the end of the rock (it was sunset) started to do the same. Like, ALL of them. Guess they liked my idea!
I ended up jumping back in for a cameo with a young girl. We had fun…
THEN CAME MY NEWFOUND FOLLOWERS:
Finally, as the ‘leader/project manager’, I jumped back in with this little girl and we did a duet:
YOU HAD BETTER WATCH YOUR ASS IF YOU GONNA HIKE IN THE GRAND CANYON!
What goes up must come down? Well, in this case, you had better get your own ass back UP!
This is dissimilar to most hikes which usually go UP a mountain. Easier to come down than to go up on the way back. Hence, this sign at the trailhead of Dripping Springs:
It’s for real. This hike was STEEP. Likely the steepest I have ever done besides Angel’s Landing in Zion. Not sure which one wins that contest. Dripping Springs was demanding, yes. I hiked it with Marshall who was smarter than me and brought an ample supply of water.
The thing is, you’re thinking on the way down, ‘I’m cool. This isn’t so bad.’ Then it starts getting hot, then you realize you have to get all the way back UP. Up is harder for sure.
If you are outta water and getting dehydrated, you can quickly be fucked. Once you hike it, it’s easy to see how fast you can get into trouble. I *barely* brought enough water.
ELK BONEYARD OF GRAND CANYON PAST
What am I talking about? Well, where we boondocked was eerily littered with Elk bones. Deer too, probably.
It was a phenomenon. The Girls rather liked it! They got to smell the hell out of lots of old bones and even got to chew on a few.
I even found a spine in a tree and I was super excited at first. I thought a mountain lion (which do reside in the area) had put it up there. I thought that was super cool, until I realized the tree was far too small for a ML to climb it.
Apparently, PEOPLE do it. It’s a thing. I ended up finding around 3 or 4 more piles of bones in trees.
Ok people. You’re weird.
Speaking of Gizmo, she got dirtier here than she has ever been in her life. At my boondocking campsite. Look at her. Look!
MORE HIKING AND HANGING WITH FELLOW NOMADS
We had a few campfires and hiked with them at Bright Angel Trail. Got to see the whole donkey/mule caravans on this hike. It’s one of the most popular hikes in the park. Some of us were a little hungover, so we didn’t hike very far.
Everyone was cool with that. Still, Derek, the spring chicken kept leaving everyone else in the dust.
We stayed our two-week allotment and then carried on to…
I have been LOVING Colorado. Next blog you will get to see why.
Thank you for reading and keeping up with my silly life! Mountains and snow and pure natural beauty coming up next!!