It’s great to be able to spend so much time here. It’s great not to feel rushed and I love the ability to just BE and soak in what the place is all about instead of running around frantically trying to see all that you can in a day or two.
And today’s SUNNY! Even better than the day before! So this is the day for the massive Rim Walk – from the Bright Angel Trailhead to Hermit’s Rest. It’s probably 10 to 13 miles of walking and depending on where you are, you see different perspectives of the Grand Canyon.
One can easily get Grand Canyonitis here. It’s my made-up name for the affliction of the eye that makes you think every new view is somehow better, making you take another exceedingly similar photo. My case of Grand Canyonitis must be pretty bad because I make Big Dog hand over the camera again and again, probably taking the exact same shot he just took.
Shuttle buses run 3 routes and most people hop on and hop off. We try to time it so that we get to the vista points between the busloads.
We walk mostly in silence – neither Big Dog nor I are big talkers anyway, and somehow silence seems to suit the grandeur of the place more. It’s only when we come across a couple dressed identically that we start poking each other and giggling. The couple kind of looked alike, too, so it was doubly eerie to see them in matching hats, jackets, packs…and even jeans and shoes! Did they get a 2 for 1 discount?
Along the way, we meet a French guy on a bicycle who is on is way from Alaska from Argentina (Patagonia.) He was trying to sleep on a rock but people kept wanting to talk to him.
The end of the trail is Hermit’s Rest – a very busy stop with souvenier shops, snack bar and so on. It also has a filtered water filling station. These are placed around the Park for people to fill their water bottles. It’s a wonderful way to decrease the number of plastic bottles. Plus, we are able to fill our big water jug at these taps.
On the way back to the campground, we stop at The Market to catch their WiFi and have a peek inside. It’s a BIG store! And food prices are actually quite reasonable! I even pick up a 6-pack of Grand Canyon Beer.
Tonight’s evening entertainment is watching the couple at the next site and making up stories about them. The woman is on the phone forever – she looks like a stressed out professional. Maybe her husband is already retired or maybe he just wanted an outdoor weekend, but she is not at all into it. He makes the fire, cooks the dinner, cleans up – while she remains on the phone. Then, they split, leaving a stack of papers that fly around (we chase after them) and bags of food that a raven is all too happy to enjoy (we chase it away.)