Thursday afternoon, as I sat staring at my computer screen, I simply couldn't focus. I needed to get going, I needed to head west. The weather notwithstanding, I was just so incredibly excited to go see the Grand Canyon for the first time, and to truly experience it. We surly accomplished that. Immediately upon arrival, we stopped to check out the views, then after checking in at the hotel we came back for sunset and beers. Amazing.
|3 of 5. Me, Donnie, and Todd. Photo: Jeremiah Greif|
|Excited? Yeah. Photo: Jeremiah Greif|
|Starting to sink in. Photo: Jeremiah Greif|
|Down, down, down. Photo: Todd Gangelhoff|
|Really? Really. Photo: Todd Gangelhoff|
The long way down seemed surreal, each new cliff face a new canyon and a new sight. A short hold up with some mules could not derail our giddiness and before long we'd reached the Colorado.
|Greg. Photo: Todd Gangelhoff|
|Jeremiah and I. Photo: Todd Gangelhoff|
|My favorite stretch of trail, on the ridge, South Kaibab Trail. Photo: Todd Gangelhoff|
|Mmmmmm. Photo: Jeremiah Greif|
|Canyons inside of canyons. Photo: Jeremiah Greif|
What do you do to top that? Crush some smothered burritos, multiple orders of tacos, the scraps of Donnie's meal, and a shot of Patron! This was definitely the highlight of my year so far, and I cannot wait to go back! In all, I was out there for 10 hours and 44 minutes, a distinctively pedestrian time, but a damn good time. One day I'll go back and take a crack at running it fast, but it was so enjoyable to just go and spend a day tooling around one of the most incredible places this world has to offer. If ever there was a reason to be an ultrarunner, this was it.