Great Grand Canyon Exhaustion

Trip Start Feb 07, 2010
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

6:30am, around 1 deg C, and Matt, Mike, Sunny and myself
head out to the Grand Canyon through ice and bitter cold... To see the sun
rise! I tell you what, it was worth every zzz lost. The amazing colours as the
sky lit up, watching the rays hit the canyon walls as it rose over the rim...
just breathtaking. Mike, having seen it a hundred times before, decided to wait
in the nice warm van while the viewing area we were at filled up with heeeaps
of people! Apparently sunrise is more popular than sunset (I certainly agree
with this sentiment).

After breakfast at the cafe near the hotel, the rest of
the group got up and we all headed back to the Canyon around 9:30am. The
visitor centre had some interesting displays of the walks available, and we
decided the South Kaibob looked like the least steep bits with the best views.
Matt and I caught the shuttle bus there a bit later than some of the other
girls, and started hiking down the narrow path. Some spots were icy and we
pulled a few muscles with little slips, but it was a really nice temperature by
then as the sun was up, so it wasn’t too sweaty or too first!
After dropping a little altitude and being in the sun some more, it got hot. We
removed layers of clothing and kept sweating down. After about 2km, we reached ‘Ooh
Ahh Point’ which was, as the name suggests, stunning! I was pretty knackered
already, despite it being all downhill, but Matt insisted and insisted we keep
going... so I said I’d go a bit more, but a bit more became another 3km down
even steeper muddy slopes to Cedar Ridge! Thankfully there was a long drop dunny
here, and a nice area to sit and have a snack. I was seriously not hungry, but
I forced myself to eat half a gross turkey sandwich and enjoyed the views. Some
cute bluish-grey birds joined us, and kept me smiling until they were gone.
But, alas, the nice sit had to come to an end and then began the torturous
return. I was very angry with Matt and let him know at every stop (about every
5 minutes) how much I did not agree with his decision to visit Cedar Ridge! We
did eventually make it back, but it took about three times longer to get up
than to get down, strangely enough. Now you can understand, if my writing hasn’t
been making sense – it’s because I am so completely exhausted it’s just not

We made it back up just in time to get the bus back to
the hotel, where all but just two people were already having a lazy afternoon!
There were few people spent all day out there, none of which had gotten up at
6am – so we’re doing pretty well I guess :P

Matt and I got some sunburn, but it’s nothing compared to
what 4 hours in the sun at home would do to us!! And it was worth it. I can’t
say I’d do the cedar ridge walk again, but I’d sure do ooh ahh point after some
recovery. A really amazing, beautiful, awe-inspiring sight, this canyon! It’s a
shame we only got one day, like Yosemite – both such places that everyone
should visit once I think.

After enough of a break for a nap, the group had a
Mexican dinner, but the consensus is that it was pretty poor for Mexican food. There was some beer drinking in our room while facebook got a good workout on
my laptop, then those who didn’t head off to the bar went back to their rooms.
After Wedding Crashers I watched Harry Potter, and now I think I’ll simply have
to go to sleep because these American ads are driving me completely nuts.

My last night with the TrekAmerica group... so sad... but
I can’t wait to reach Yellowstone already :P

Seeya’ll xox
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