We left the motel around 7:00 a.m. and headed to the parking lot near Bright Angel Lodge for access to the Bright Angel Trail, the most popular trail in the park. Richard went down 1.5 miles to the first rest stop. Teagan went to that point but kept going further to the second rest stop. That was 3 miles down. Richard didn’t want to go that far so he just went up from the first stop and waited for me.
When I was almost down to the second rest stop I ran into this group of high school kids from North and South Carolina. I heard that they were going to try going to the bottom of the canyon and back up in 1 day. I just thought omg Good luck getting back up! They were trying to go to the bottom and back up in 1 day. Nobody recommends that.
On the way back up I ran into this couple and ended up hiking with them for a while. After half way up I decided to go on my own because I knew I could make better time.
When I was about 5 minutes from the top Dad took a few pics of me. I was so tired. I had been dragging myself. Dad had been looking at the condors. He saw 8 of them soaring over the canyon.
When we got back up I got lunch. I had recovered from the hike by the time we were done with lunch. Next we took the shuttle to Maricopa Point and walked back to Bright Angel Lodge. At some point on our walk Dad’s cell phone worked so we called Derek to wish him a Happy Birthday. At Bright Angel Lodge we looked in the gift shop and got some souvenirs. I got a shirt that said on the back ” I hiked, dragged myself, complained, nearly passed out, and barely made it out of the Grand Canyon.” That was so true this morning and it would be tomorrow morning too.
We went back to the hotel and cleaned up. I had a lot of dust on my legs and socks from the hike. We both took naps, even me. Then we went to watch the sunset at Yaki point. It was even better than last night because their were a few more clouds in the sky. It was very windy like it was last night too. We took the bus back to our car and went back to the motel.