Hello blog readers! Todd here commandeering Tammy’s blog for one quick post. I recently took a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon, and decided that this would be a good way to share some details and pics from the trip. I was invited on this 5-day 4-night adventure by my brother Mark and his girlfriend Teresa. Also joining us was Mark’s roommate Sean, Teresa’s dad Tom, and longtime friend Matt (names have been changed to protect privacy).
We arrived at the Grand Canyon Sunday, with plans to get on the trail early Monday morning. Here’s out first look at the canyon.
We had a nice campfire, and ate a good campfire meal of steak, sausage, potatoes, and peppers, wrapped tightly in foil. We seasoned it with salt, pepper and beer. Very nice.
Mark and I taking a look at the path we are heading for.Mark was so focused on putting his right foot in front of his left foot that he nearly ran into a deer and his friends by the side of the path. The deer was nonplussed.
After reaching camp, Matt hiked an extra 6 miles down to the Colorado river to go fishing. The rest of us had dreams of trout as we awaited his return, but no such luck. We spent a cold night at Bright Angel campground, but luckily awoke to clear skies.
Here’s a purple cactus for Matt.The second day was our longest day, at just over 10 miles. There wasn’t a whole lot of elevation change, so we could maintain a pretty good pace. Our campground was only a mile and a half from the river, so Matt and I took off down a trail I remembered from my last trip to this campground, a.k.a. we walked down the creek.
Matt and I watched the rapids for a while, hoping to see a boat come down the river, but one never did. The rapids were awesome, bigger than I remember them. Our next day our hike would only be about 4.5 miles, and the campground was right next to Hermit rapids, so we thought we might see a boat then. Here’s the beach and the rapids, no boat.The next day we didn’t have much of a hike, under 2 miles.
We spent the day swimming in a little pool with a waterfall, and lounging in the sun. We were resting in preparation for our hike out the next day, our last. It would be over 8 miles, with major elevation gain. I have painful memories of coming down this trail in previous trips, perhaps mostly because I hiked pretty much directly from an uncomfortable car seat. The good part of our fears was that it got us up right around sunrise, which in my opinion is the best part of the day in the GC.