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Hiking, Southwest, Travel

Grand Canyon (September 21-22)

We reached the North Rim of Grand Canyon in time to pitch the tent (heeh) and find a good place to watch the sunset.

Watching the sunset

Canyon Man

Me and the canyon

Looking down. Stupidly. Rain over the South Rim Did I mention I have a fear of heights..?

Did I mention I’m terrified of heights? I’m terrified of heights. There were a couple of times I got really dizzy and nauseous and just had to close my eyes and run (generally not a good idea in Grand Canyon..) across certain evil parts of the path out to the lookout point. Ugh.

Headlamps

Killing time in the tent :)

North Rim Sunrise

I'll just watch from behind these rocks

Watching the sunrise…

A wee bit beyond the tunnel Me by the tunnel

In the morning we started hiking down into the canyon on the North Kaibab Trail. The canyon is so green and fertile! I thought it was going to be dry and barren, but it was full of trees and plants. And mule poo.

Coconino Overlook Mules!

There is one big difference between Zion and Grand Canyon. In Zion you’re scuttling about at the bottom of the canyon and hiking up into them like you usually do on mountain hikes. In Grand Canyon, however, you start at the top, looking down into this amazing gorge below you. So when you start walking down, you don’t think about the fact that you have to turn around at some point and walk back up. Heh.

JK had no problems at all and was just skipping merrily along with me and my lardiness staggering breathlessly behind him.

Must start doing lunges again.

Anyway, by the time we got back to the car it was pouring down and we had to drive back to Vegas to catch our plane the next morning. Great vacation, but we really really really have to go back someday when we’ll have more time!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lisa O November 5, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    wow den där sol nedgången måste varit fantastisk att se!

  • Reply ania November 6, 2007 at 5:31 am

    *sukk* meg vil og!!!

  • Reply Krystyn November 6, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Great pictures! Wow!!

  • Reply Solfrid November 6, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, virker som dere har hatt en utrolig flott tur!
    For et landskap!!!:D

  • Reply Anilu Magloire November 6, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    It has to be very overwhelming to stand there. How cool!!
    I went to Copper Canyon in Northern Mexico and it takes your breath away.

  • Reply jennifer paddack-hyde November 7, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I grew up in Arizona and went to the Grand Canyon more times that I can count but I rarely went to the North Rim…these pictures are beautiful!

  • Reply Heidi November 7, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    For noen flotte bilder. Fikk du ikke litt sånn indianer og cowboy-følelse når du var der? :)

  • Reply Camilla Gjerde November 8, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Det er en så nydelig natur du har greid å fange på bildene! Ser ut som en virkelig opplevelse, og det tror jeg det var – så glad som du “ser” ut til å ha blitt i “hiking.” Så bra at du finner glede i det. Men jeg er noe skeptisk til de dyrene du treffer på og kan treffe på *iik*

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