Day 12

Grand Canyon National Park >>> Flagstaff, AZ

Drive Time: 1 hour and 26 minutes

Miles: 79

Last night, we woke up twice. Michael went to use the bathroom and immediately upon sticking his head out of the tent was stunned, the stars were INCREDIBLE!! So much so that he made me get up and take a peek. I was so impressed that if I had better clothing in the tent with me, I would have gotten up to admire them for a bit. The second time waking up was much less enjoyable. We woke up around 4 a.m. to children playing tag feet away from our tent. They played for about an hour before Michael got up and went to ask the family to be quiet. We both still don’t understand why it isn’t common knowledge that people are trying to sleep at 4 a.m. and that you should be respectful.

After going back to sleep for a while, we woke up, made some eggs and headed back into Grand Canyon National Park, only a mile or two up the road. We hiked the other popular trail at the park, South Kaibab. But we were dead. Going on our ninth day of hiking, our legs were exhausted.

Thankfully, the South Kaibab trail was so much more enjoyable. We wished we had only done this one and skipped Bright Angel the day before. This trail descended for 2,000 feet over the first three miles but throughout the hike the scenery changed. The first bit was the standard steep switchbacks down the canyon’s side, followed by longer lengths of path along a ridge, down to a flat plateau on the canyon that felt like a true desert. It was nice to enjoy multiple different angles of the canyon rather than looking at the same scenery throughout the entire hike.

After finishing the hike, we drove to Flagstaff, AZ to treat ourselves to Chipotle. Michael enjoyed our quick drive throughout the high-altitude city, famous for running.

Tomorrow, we shower.

Stay tuned