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travel diary: the grand canyon, usa

By January 29, 2014 travel, travel diary, usa

I was sad to leave San Diego. But not for too long. The Grand Canyon is most incredible.

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Some quick facts:

  • Located near the Colorado River in Arizona.
  • It is 446 km long, up to 29 km wide and attains a depth of over 1,800 meters.
  • Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.
  • For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves.

We arrived just after lunch, in time for a hike down the canyon.

This is a most unique hike because you go down the rim, then have to go back up again. So if you’re not cut out for hiking, too bad. You’re going to have to suffer all the way back, or break a leg and get choppered out.

Make sure you read till the end, I have a funny story for you.

The crew and I before the climb…The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 03The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 05The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 01The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 04The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 07The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 09The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 08The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 11The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 12

True explorers we are!The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 06

Half way down…The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 13The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 15The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 14

We met a friend along the way…The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 10

Hows the serenity?The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 02

Back up the top just in time for the sunset…The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 19 The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 17The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 18The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 20The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 21The Grand Canyon | Cream. - 23

I promised you a story.

After a hard day’s hike, we hopped on the bus, all dying for dinner and to wash the thick red dust from our limbs.

But… Murphy’s Law had other plans for us.

Our bus broke down. In between towns. On a public holiday. After dark.

Turns out we had a leak. We needed fuel. No rescue companies were working, most were intoxicated on their night off.

The first car passed us several hours later. They didn’t stop.

Finally we get the bus driver’s wife to drive to the next town  (in the opposite direction) to pick up fuel and bring it to us.

Hours pass. The fuel arrives. We fill the tank.

We are all exhausted beyond belief. And hungry.

The battery is dead. Sigh.

We wait. We wait some more. Finally a truck passes. We stop him. He doesn’t have jumper leads. Who doesn’t carry jumper leads on lonesome country roads?

We wait. A small truck passes. We stop him. He gives us a jump start. We blow his engine. Sigh.

Finally at around 5am, a – yes that’s right, a single taxi comes to shuttle us back.

Lucky for me I got on the first trip.

I’m not going to say that the driver was sober. But at this point, no one cared.

We’ll all laugh about this tomorrow right?

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The adventure continues:

More on the US adventure here.

Anisa – The Macadames xx

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