Grand Canyon Adventure--Part One
I can't say it enough. This was an AMAZING trip. A truly awesome adventure! What better way to see the GRAND CANYON than to go for a 20 mile RUN through this beautiful 7th wonder of the world?! My runs along the dreary canals here in the desert will seem boring compared to the exhilarating sights from the Grand Canyon. We ran down the South Kaibab trail, and ran/hiked up the Bright Angel trail. Let me break down the experience for you.
(I apologize in advance for the long post... but there's just so much to share! I'll break it up into a two-parter. The adventure DOWN, and the challenge of getting back UP! )
do some small sight seeing, and eat at the cafeteria near the campsite (you know, really "roughing it"). Then it was a small glass of wine/beer before bed. Because we're classy that way.
We woke up around 5am to get all our gear ready. The main thing was to make sure we took plenty of water. The trail down there would be no chance for water, but plenty of water stops on the way up. Also, we'd be burning through calories fast... so we packed plenty of GUs, bars, etc.
I fueled up with some PocketFuel Cold Brew Coffee, and hydrated with my Cocogo. Then we were off to take the bus to the trail!
The view on the way down was AMAZING! The trail wasn't too treacherous, but there were still some unsure footing and the decline was steep. We were already booking it down... any faster and we'd risk toppling right over the edge. The views put all other runs to shame. It was cool and breezy and the perfect weather for a run down the canyon.
|THIS was the trail... check out just how DOWN it went! Scary but fun!|
|Doug was our fearless leader. Guiding us where we needed to go. HE is the TRUE beast! |
Just keeping up with him was tough!
After we re-fueled and had rested a bit. It was time for the REAL challenge: going back UP! I'll save that for part 2!
Stay tuned for more awesomeness!