Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Grand Canyon

The kitchen was out of commission last weekend because we took a little expedition to the Grand Canyon. We applied for and received a back country permit about a month ago. With this permit we were able to hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and camp overnight. It was truly one of the most amazing places that I have ever been. It was also the most physically challenging thing that I have ever done.

On Friday we camped at the Mather Campground on the South Rim. Then on Saturday we hiked down the South Kaibab Trail. Saturday night we camped at the Bright Angel Campground by the river. On Sunday we woke up at sunrise and started our hike up the Bright Angel Trail. We arrived at the top of the canyon Sunday afternoon. Just before we reached the top we saw 5 big horn sheep resting on a nearby cliff. It was fascinating to see such interesting animals in person.

In order to make our backpacks as light as possible we brought MREs for lunches and dinners. This was the first time I've ever tried MREs and maybe the last. I definitely prefer home cooking. If you've never tried one and are curious what they look like here is a picture (close your eyes if you have a weak stomach).

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