Hot beanie weenies and warm tortillas really take the edge off of a cold morning. It was still pretty cold last night, but not as bad as that first night. I did a bit of tossing last night, but I survived.
-These ravens are driving me crazy! They ate an entire package of tortillas yesterday and a bunch of my soup the day before. You really can't turn your back on any food around here.-
We I got up, this morning, I was feeling proactive so I went ahead and got the fire brought back to life. I felt like I needed to thaw out and flames always seem to help.
-My hands and feet are a wreck from this trip so far. My hands are all burnt up from the fire and scared up from the trail. My feet are all bandaged up to keep them from rubbing anymore. I'm glad I brought plenty of med supplies.-
The end of our hike yesterday was great. We found our perfect conversation pace (pace where you can walk and talk at the same time), so we didn't have to take as many "catch our breath" breaks. It took us a few hours to get back up to the rim. The majority of time was spent taking pictures and starring in awe out into the canyon. We kept saying "This view just doesn't get old." That statement is the honest to God truth.
When we got back to the truck we saw that we had enough time to head back west to the spot we thought would be great to see the sunset. There was a lot of people over in that area, but we were glad to see that no one else had the courage to get in the spot we wanted. It was a narrow rocky outcropping that jutted out into the canyon like a diving board straight to the afterlife. The wind was cutting right through to the bone, but the chill was well worth watching the colors change on the rocks. The colors went from bright yellow, to orange, to dark vibrant reds, then finally to hazy purples. Brandon finally had enough of the cold so we headed back to the camp.
We got back, cleaned up a bit, and changed into some cleaner and drier clothes. It made me feel like a million bucks to get a little less dirty. The moon was almost full last night and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. That made for the perfect opportunity to check something else off of our to do list. See the grand canyon in the dark; CHECK! It was eerie looking into the dark canyon. The moon was so bright you could've done a night hike with your head-lamp off.
-It's finally starting to warm up here-
-My legs sure are stiff today-
-The BoDeans "Closer to Free"-
I'm down to flip flops for the first time since we've been here. I thought it would be nice to have them around camp, but it just never got warm enough to put them on. For a while today the campground looked like a ghost town. It cleared out in a hurry. As the afternoon moves on, more and more people are filling back in.
-I can't believe i'm already leaving tomorrow.-
It's really quiet out here right now and the temperature is finally just right. Brandon and I took this last full day to do some looking around at places we haven't seen yet. We decided not to do a hike today because neither of us felt like we would make it back out. We took the shuttle out to hermit's rest ( the west-most point in the park). The views really never get any worse. We did go just a little way down the Hermit's trail to see what it was like. It looked like another fun, pretty rugged trail. We will definitely have a lot better idea of what to do if we ever come back. We both like the idea of a rim to rim hike.
We spent a good bit of time today discussing our next trip. We are planning on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail in the spring; either March or April. We feel like we have learned a lot more, than we already knew, from this trip. We will really be able to refine our needs with the next one.
-Smokey Mountain Rain-Ronnie Milsaps = song stuck in my head all day today. I couldn't stop singing it.-
-Mr. Goodtime- Colt Ford= Song we both kept singing yesterday on the Grandview Trail.-
We had a great idea this afternoon. After 4 days, we decided to get a shower. I will tell you this, that was the best 2 dollar 8 minute shower I have ever taken. Honestly, that's the first coin operated shower i've had the privilege of taking. That was an amazing experience to wash all that filth off. We were ready to extend the trip at that point because we were feeling like new men.
Feeling so much better we got ourselves together and headed to the canyon to catch one more sunset. This was the best one yet. There was an explosion of colors over the canyon. We had another one of those wow moments when we couldn't believe we were actually standing there. Brandon said "this trip is like food for the soul." I couldn't agree more with that. We both feel rejuvenated. We both feel like we are really living. There is more than just the day to day grind of life. There is so much more than pettiness and bickering. There is so much more to explore. Life is passing by faster than we know. Live it! We both kept saying "I feel so alive right now." I can't explain the rush I got when hanging my feet over the side of the canyon. Life is made up of those experiences and take every chance you are given to live them. Life is an amazing gift to waste.
We finished up our last day in the best way possible. Fresh from our showers, we decided to go get some real food tonight. We went to this place called the Arizona room. We ate some good steaks and enjoyed some cold beer. We still couldn't stop talking about everything we've done and seen the past few days. That was a great ending to the final day.
Until Next Time,