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Reflections of a Hike. Obviously, every year thousands of people hike the Grand Canyon, each in his or her own way. We met some nice folks along the trail. There was a father with his two sons from New York who hiked rim-to-rim and were staying at the North Rim Lodge for a day and then returning to the trail for another rim-to-rim. A group of three (two men and a women) from Prescott, AZ spent five days on their rim-to-rim trip relaxing for two nights at Cottonwood CG (changing camp sites on the 2nd night for a shady one). Tom and I enjoyed visiting with a couple from the UK with their ten year old son. They were on a rim-to-river trip traveling from the South Kaibak trail to Bright Angel CG and then back to the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail. Some folks chose to jog across the canyon as if it were a marathon. There were plenty of trail runners that crossed our path. We even met two young women about the time we arrived at the North Kaibab Trailhead who had just completed a rim-to-rim and were taking a 30 minute break before heading back! That would be a rim-to-rim-to-rim in a day (approximately 40 miles via the North & South Kaibab Trails). They departed the South Rim around 1 am and were hoping to get back by midnight. They mentioned that it ran in their family.
on the other hand, elected to not try and conquer the Grand Canyon, but
rather experience what it had to offer. We explored ancient rock art,
camped in the serenity of Horn Creek, enjoyed the vistas of Plateau Point,
watched the once endangered California Condor sore above the Colorado
River, fought for shade along Devil's Corkscrew, watched desert lizards
frolic on a boulder, peacefully hiked through the wonders of The Box,
marveled at the beauties of Ribbon Falls, took the bucket of cold
water over the head plunge at the heated Cottonwood CG, gained a
sense of confidence along the vertical drops of the red wall formations,
and watched nightly star shows with the Grand Canyon for a stage. I'm
sure each of us learned something about ourselves on a more personal level.
My father told me once that life changes by decades, each era bringing
its own challenges and shifts in priorities. At forty, I no longer climb
mountains to say that I did, but rather to learn and gain wisdom from
the journey. Wisdom, of some sort, has crept in my being on this adventure
across the Grand Canyon.
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