Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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When we got to the Grand Canyon it took us a little while to get to our camp site. I don't know if you know this but the Grand Canyon is almost 200 miles long. The welcome gate to the canyon was 26 miles away from our camp site, which meant even though we were technically there we had a ways to go still. We finally made it to our site and realized we had about half an hour before the sunset and started to get really excited about the idea of seeing it over the rim of the canyon. If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon, you know that there are shuttles that can take you everywhere. We had to take the blue shuttle to the visitor’s center behind which sat Mather’s Point which is a really good place to view the sunset. We got off the shuttle with less than 10 minutes until sunset and the race to get to the point was on. Our bus driver told us the point was directly behind the visitor’s center and we got off the bus with a family of four heading that way as well
Friday April 22nd
Jared, Shannon and I woke early today to try and catch the sun rise and then hike the canyon. I miss set my alarm for 3:30 instead of 4:30 (the sun was scheduled to rise at 5:47 as if you can schedule a sunrise). The 3:30 alarm woke the whole RV up and then we tried to sleep for another hour before actually getting up. This process just made me cranky. Haha. We got up at 4:30 and after a slow start we headed on the blue bus to the visitor’s center to get the orange bus to Yaki point which the brochure said was one of the top places to see the sun rise. We were really holding strong to that 5:47 time line and it was a little touch and go whether we’d make it in time, or whether we’d have a wasted effort. We made it just as the sun was coming over the cliffs and the view was spectacular
We had met people at the Carlsbad Caverns who warned us that all hikes down in to the canyon are way easier on the way down then the way back up. We figured that we would hike down until we wanted to stop and then turn around and head back up. They don’t recommend hiking all the way to the bottom and back up in one day since it takes so long and is a lot harder to get back up then you realize on the way down. We took our time getting down, stopping for many photo opportunities. A nice lady took a picture of the three of us at the OOH AHH point which was about 0.9 miles down. We then continued on our way to the Cedar Ridge stop that was 1.5 miles down. Parts were pretty steep on the way down so we decided that we didn’t need to head down any further. It took us about an hour to get down to the Cedar Ridge spot. We decided to hike out to the edge of the canyon at this location and have a snack. We also figured why not have a cigar break since how many times will you get to smoke a cigar in the Grand Canyon. We hung out for a while relaxing and then began our journey back up. The information given to us estimated that the 3 mile roundtrip hike to Cedar Ridge and back would take about 2-4 hours. We figured that since it took us an hour to get down it would take us at least an hour and half to get back up, since this is the much harder part of the hike
After finishing up with our hike we caught the orange bus back to the visitor’s center. We called dad while we are on our way to see where him and mom were. He informed me that they were to the left of where we watched the sunset the night before and that he had climbed out on the rock he saw a guy on the night before. Luckily he talked to me about this guy the night before so I knew exactly where he was. We made our way over and we all climbed out on the rock again for some pictures. We were all very impressed with dad’s climbing skills especially since he was recently informed that he needs a knee replacement
We decided to play some games in the afternoon after everyone was back. Dad killed us all in Uno and I won in the game of Life. After games we had mountain pies for dinner. Mom, dad and Shannon have never had them before. The pizza ones went over great as did the dessert ones. We all ate tons of them and had some drinks. We had our awning and light set up and were the life of the campground. All the people around us wanted to come chat with us. Luckily dad loves to chat.