Here's a picture of us just before setting off, early Friday morning:
|We had no ideas the dangers that wait in the canyon, also in my tent|
That first day was 7 miles, all downhill, down 5000 feet to Phantom Ranch. Five days later, and my calves are still sore.
|Is "bing" still a thing?|
|We found a leprechaun! Pot of gold, still unaccounted for.|
Then we hiked over to Phantom Ranch where there is the best bar in the whole world, "The Canteen." This place sells box wine and $5 cans of Tecate. Tecate is the best post-hiking drink ever invented. It will make you forget about your sore calves and bruised hips. We immediately began work on our pyramid of beer cans (beeramid?) It was 5-cans high when they closed the canteen at 4pm to prep for dinner.
|There are 3 Tulane alumni in this photo, and one more out of frame. Seriously!|
As the ranger put it, we "ping-ponged back to camp" and eventually made our way to the Colorado River to splash around. It was a warm day at The Bottom, but the water was freezing cold. Of course I slipped and fell in up to my stomach. Refreshing!
|I have no memory of this.|
I don't remember anything else from day 1... shocking, I know.
We broke camp and hiked up to Indian Gardens, roughly halfway between the South Rim and Phantom Ranch along the Bright Angel Campground. At our campsite we found a damn Mexican Spotted Owl which promptly perched in a place where I couldn't get to my pack.
|So majestic and terrifying.|
I couldn't get to my tent, water, jacket, and the ranger (same guy) told me, "sleeping in a tent isn't required, and harassing owls is illegal." Stupid endangered owls, always ruining my fun.
|My heart was pounding and my colon was puckered.|
Eventually the owl took off and I was able to get some sleep. No beers at this campsite, so I drafted a letter to the National Park Service to complain. Where are my tax dollars going, anyway??
We hiked from Indian Gardens to the South Rim, our cars, and Wendy's for Frosties.
No one got heat exhaustion, but we practiced the pose just in case.
|This pose is called the "Heat Exhaustion Heisman"|
One last joke
At the end of the day all 5 of us made it back to civilization, and I have a SWEET stuffed owl to mount in my cubical.
Just kidding, I have a real office... with a door and window. Jealous?