Such a SPECTACULAR VIEW! I couldn´t believe I was there, in Grand Canyon at that moment with Jan witnessing a jaw-dropping creation of the Almighty. It was just amaaaazing!
Standing from up the Canyon I thought I got lost into the wilderness. The feeling of being part of park; of the rocks made me very excited. I was soo looking forward to our hiking.
Upon writing this blog, Jan asked me: “Are you writing about Grand Canyon baby? It was 2 years ago right?”. I said “Yeah. I wrote about part of it 2 years back LINK HERE but this one is just all about Grand Canyon. ” And I got a reply of “You surely won´t remember anything about it. You got so sick!” “Yeah, right!”. 😀 😀
And here´s WHY…
We took the South Kaibab trail and back up via Bright Angel Trail. It was a 26.7 km route we took, very early in the morning. We had breakfast at McDonald’s which was the only decent place we could eat at very early in that morning. I was excited like little girl going to Disneyland, I did not really had a real portion which was a NO GO when hiking in Grand Canyon.
My happy hormones was so high I was almost running down while starting the trail. Hiking via South Kaibab starts from the top going down and then up again via Bright Angel Trail. Jan was behind me saying I should just walk slowly so as I won’t get tired the rest of the day. I was complaining he was so slow! Well 26.7 km isn´t a long walk if only it was a flat area with tolerable temperature. But it was not. Halfway of our hiking I got a bit tired already and my body was confused. I did not know if I had to drink water or eat. When I ate I vomited . When I drank I got more tired. We only took fruits and lots of water with us. I assumed my body needed some salt.
I thought I would not reach the top that day. We stopped every 15-30 minutes. I walked 10-15 minutes with very long rest intervals in between. Jan was very worried, sooner it would be dark and we were not even close to the top. And it was warm, no, as a matter of fact it was HOT! We stopped from time to time and soak our t-shirts in the streams we passed by. Our shirts were already dry after 3 minutes! It was crazy. And all the way up while hiking, I thought I would be admitted to the hospital due to dehydration.
Poor Jan, had to carry my backpack despite being tired as well. I was so tired like someone who got hang-over from over drinking! I even told Jan, “If I tell you call 911, I won´t be joking. It means I am really finished”. But he was optimistic we could make it. He kept on telling me every time I stop “Baby, we are almost there.” I think it helped!
Finally we reached the top after loooooong 8 hours of my life! We took the bus to the hotel and I was sitting very close to Jan, who was standing beside me because there were no more available seats. I was so dog-tired and was really controlling myself not to vomit inside the bus. It would have been very embarrassing. Just as the bus pull to a stop I ran outside, looked for an empty area in the parking lot, squatted on the ground with my head down. Dear Lord, I thought I was about to zonked out.
With feet covered with dust; sticky hair and stinky shirts on, I dropped like a log on bed when we arrived our hotel. Jan rushed to McDonald’s and came back with a large french fries and a regular Cola. I don´t remember anything but I can remember Jan’s voice saying eat… eat… eat.. drink. Then I closed my eyes again. The next morning, it felt like nothing had happened!
I learned my lesson!