What an amazing trip. The weather was perfect and I was pretty much better from my previous cold. My hubby, on the other hand, went through the whole trip still feeling under the weather, but was stellar none the less. I have to say, that the Grand Canyon from the rim is quite grand, but getting an inside view is absolutely breath taking. No words can describe its beautiful depths.
We arrived at the Grand Canyon on Tuesday and camped on the rim at Mather Campground, woke up at 5:30am on Wednesday morning and met our friends at 7:45 at the top of Bright Angel Trail head. It was a 10 mile hike down to our camp/Phantom Ranch at the bottom. I have to say, that for me, the hike down was the worst part. I have really bad knees and by the the end of the hike, I could barely walk. Because of the whole knee problem, I didn’t get as many pictures going in as I wanted )lots there and coming out). I had a knee brace on, and two hiking sticks, which seemed to help some. Plus my wonderful hubby, carried almost everything (45 lbs worth) except my snacks and water. It took us 7 hours total to hike down.
On Thursday, we spent most of the day resting and recovering our achy muscles and bones. My left knee was swollen so I spent a lot of time sticking my knees in the icy Colorado River and Bright Angel creek. Just as good as real ice.
On Thursday we got up at 4 in the flippin’ morning, packed up and were on the South Kaibab trail at 6am. The hike out was incredibly stunning! My knee pain completely went away (I’m a pretty good stair climber) and we were able to hike out in 5 hours, on a very steep 7 mile, 5000 feet hike up. I feel so accomplished, like I can do anything now.
Now if I could just get my knees in better shape. I’m still pretty young and so are my boys, so I’d like to take them on this trip someday. Any tips on strengthening my knees?
Anyway, I’ve put several of my favorite pictures in this post. If you are interested in seeing more, check out the slide show. The two little girls in the pictures are my little friends Grace(9) and Claire(7). They are two very amazing little hikers. Had absolutely no problems at all. My two guys stayed home with their grandparents, but Super-E is planning for us to take him next year. We’ll see.
Surprisingly, I’m not as sore as I thought I would be. It’s my calves, mostly. I thought I’d be using a walking stick to hobble about for at least a week. It’s amazing what our bodies will tolerate. I have lots to share this week, so I’ll be seeing you again real soon.