Day 142: caught in a t-storm on a walk with Lulu, daydreamed about the amazing weather we had on the river in Breck on Mother’s Day while I waited out the hail under someone’s deck 😉 #getoutside#375daysoutside#secondhandfirst
• Time is on my side • May 2014
/: Grand Canyon National Park:/
Explore the vast expanse and depth of the Grand Canyon, and you quickly realize man’s concept of time is incredibly fleeting. Continental drifts, advance and retreat of ancient oceans, climatic cycles, and the Colorado have chiseled away to create a study of geologic time from a recent 200 million years young at the rim at 7,000 feet to almost 2 billion years old at the river almost 5,000 feet below. Descend the Canyon and you go backwards in time, the layers and strata of mostly sedimentary but also igneous and metamorphic rock serving as markers. However, while the rocks of the Grand Canyon are ancient, the Canyon itself is a youthful 6 million years.
Four years ago, almost to the day, we backpacked Rim-2-Rim, taking the Kaibab Trail from the South Rim to the North Rim. While the trail is popular, the Canyon quickly reminds you that this is no place to underestimate what you are in for: you start in cool weather at elevation on the rim and on fresh legs; it gets hotter as you descend; it’s blazing at the river (it was 105 F in the shade); and on tired legs you make the long slog to almost 9,000 feet to exit at the North Rim. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are real threats. Despite its popularity with day hikers, backpackers, and ultra runners, solitude is still to be had. The scale is staggering. The Postal Train passes you, painting a landscape from the American West. The sight of the river, seemingly close, brings out the quick step. A place so astounding must remain so: Leave No Trace and let time be on the planet’s side.
(Day 3/3 Under the Rim Trail) Its slightly terrifying to run out of water. We had enough to drink the previous day (okay, almost. We went to bed slightly thirsty), but not enough to cook breakfast AND drink on the short hike out. So, we had bars and dried apples for breakfast (which needs to be a new thing anyway), packed up quick and hit the trail by about 8:30am this time.
The short 0.9 connector trail wound through the trees and then switchbacked up the canyon to the rim. It was too short and none of us were quite ready to leave. I think if we had planned slightly better we would have hiked to the next campsite, filled up on water and continued.
As it was we decided an all you can eat breakfast at Ruby's Inn was warranted instead.
I think it's good for a trip to leave us wanting more. Maybe we'll come back and hike this one in it's entirety. Rachel is starting to talk to Sam about his experience on the JMT and all the kids are thinking that would be pretty sweet in a few years. We'll see. Mostly I love that my kids are not afraid of a challenge.
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Our jaws dropped when Blue (the winner of the cool-rigs competition with the 1982 Mercedes with a million awesome stories) decided to give the winning money to the rest of us competitors. “I don’t know if you’ve seen my car, but...” we were all so thankful and surprised by the kindness and generosity of this incredible fella. He quickly turned into one of our best buddies we had met over the weekend along with @jill.sessa and @oneleglance — amazing people with rad stories of travel and adventure and jokes that basically made us pee ourselves. So happy to have experienced the weekend with you all. Until next time... 🤘 #beoldlater#overlandexpowest#adventurepals
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Hikes in the PNW are absolutely stunning 😍. We Seattleites are so lucky to be this close to nature & mountains ⛰🌲. Panoramic view from the summit of Mailbox Peak, one of my favorite Snoqualmie-area hikes.
Stats: summit on the old trail in 98 minutes.
P.s. the little black specs are FLIES 😂 bring your bug spray!
Maybe it is not a very good idea to go on a hike today 🙄
Fun Fact: More than 80% of the earth's surface is volcanic in origin. The sea floor and some mountains were formed by countless volcanic eruptions. Gaseous emissions from volcano formed the earth's atmosphere! 🌋
Do you think it is just as amazing as it looks?
5 19004 hours ago
Would you wake up at 3am to catch the sunrise here? That's what @braybraywoowoo did to catch this incredible view just a little before being DRENCHED by the rain forming on the right side of the picture!