November 19, 2015

A Day In Grand Canyon

{Photos by Arjun and me; wearing American Eagle romper}

The photos are a result of Arjun and I spending a day hiking in the Grand Canyon. Arjun is one of the guys I love traveling with. He will do all the research before or during and just spit out random facts at the scene like a walky talky Wikipedia.

"Do you know that the Grand Canyon is 5000 feet deep?" Arjun said.
"That's great." I replied.
"Do you know that the Grand Canyon is 2 billion years old?"
"That's great."
"Do you know that on average, it takes 6 hours to walk all the way down and back up?"
"That's great."
"Do you ever say anything other than 'that's great'?"
"I'M HIKING UP HILL IN 35 DEGREES IN NON-HIKING WEAR."

Once in a while during our hike, he would pick up a random pamphlet and start reading about the Colorado River and the wild life. For a solid 10 minutes he talked about the south rim and the north rim.

"Look at all these animals that live in the desert here... we got some goats, and snakes..." Arjun said.
"Goats are nice. But I prefer not to know about the snakes, thanks."
"Right. So you don't ruin your blog clothes."

Spending the day in the Grand Canyon was wonderful. We hiked 2 hours down the canyon and saw the Colorado river. As we hiked lower and lower into the canyon, we heard less and less people and the more humble I felt surrounded by its beauty. At one point I felt so small and that my problems were completely insignificant compare to the 2 billion year old rocks around me. It was truly an experience.

Hiking down was difficult but not nearly as much as hiking back up. At one point we almost ran out of water (and apparently people die climbing back up from dehydration). We took a few breaks in whatever shadow we found and eventually we heard tourist children screaming. At that moment, it was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard, because it meant we were almost back at the top where the tourist buses were. Where the tourists take their air conditioned buses, only glance at the canyon from above, take their token photo with the canyon in the back, and head back to their hotel to check off GC from their check list. But Arjun and I knew it was more than that. GC was more than that to us.