As we got off the plane in Phoenix I realized I forgot my jacket under the seat in front of me. The steward, fearing my salmon like approach to its retrieval would cause certain mayhem with the other exiting passengers, went back and got it for me, with my new black winter coat back in possession, we were back to the task at hand, Adventure! However, after spending the night in Scottsdale I began gathering up our gear in the light of day and I realized my black Burton jacket had mysteriously turned into a charcoal grey, women’s London Fog coat. Hmmm. I very briefly considered the go with the flow option of wearing my new fancy lady jacket into the frozen northern territory. I instead made a call to the airline, left a message about the incident and headed off into the unknown wilderness, jacketless.
After a slight miscalculation of distance and time we arrived in flagstaff with our rental car and paid the $300 for a two and a half hour, 98 mile drive. Off to a good start.
Falkor was there waiting to take us the rest of the way to the Bright Angel Lodge on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. Driving up is mostly Ponderosa Pine tree’s until you officially enter the park. Then the roads start to wind out of the pine forests, around the edges of the canyon opening up to the vast expanse, giving you sneak peaks of whats to come and then dipping back into the trees. The peek a boo scenery comes to a head at the Bright Angel, the hotel and cabins are literally right on the edge of the canyon and whether your ready for it or not, your getting the full experience of the canyon right away, the height, the vastness and the awesomeness.
We had a quick lunch and then set out for a 4 1/2 mile rim hike, nothing too strenuous, but being a little out of practice we were definitely feeling it by the end. The altitude actually crept up on me really quick, we were just walking and talking and halfway through a sentence I couldn’t catch my breath enough to make the words come out. It was really confusing until I remembered how thin the air is up at almost 7000 feet. The hike was beautiful, we did a little off roading for some photo ops, met a few dead ends trying to explore but kept it moving. We saw ravens as big as dogs, a few elk tracks and poop, All Kinds Of Poop! Different shapes, sizes, textures and tastes. We decided there should be an app for that.
When we got back we went for a quick ride to the general store for some supplies. The lady at the cash register asked if we were part of the rangers training program that was graduating the next day. Apparently they were also strapping young men celebrating with white wine and candy.
We had dinner and then retired to our cabin where we hung out till our neighbor decided to harsh our mellow by banging on the wall at 9 o’clock. We went out and looked at the stars and the black void that is the Grand Canyon at night then retired for the evening. It was great to see Ricky and Jill and it was and awesome first day. Adventure!
Next Stop: Antelope Canyon