Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pre Vienna Adventure: Grand Canyon

When my friend Eileen mentioned hiking the Grand Canyon, I thought," Sure, why not." I didn't bother to think of all the how much stuff I'd have to carry on my back...that I'd actually have to bring food and water and clothes and a sleeping bag...I ended up feeling kind of like the many mules we saw on the way up and down. And I had the smallest pack! The other ladies kept congratulating me on my foresight, but I'll have to admit that I was limited by the size of the pack I was borrowing. I would have foolishly packed as much as they did had I had the room.

It was a hard hike...down and up. Going down dropped that pack onto my back quite awkwardly. But I'm glad we went down one of the signs said "Getting to the bottom - OPTIONAL Getting to the top - MANDATORY." It was a grueling hike up, but I'd do it again in a minute. It was really worth it. It's a great feeling to conquer a trail like that.

I had a marvelous time. It was one can look across those miles of color and not just wonder at a God who could create such beauty I'll never know.


Traci said...

HI Melissa! One of the best parts of a blog is when people leave comments. Then you know someone was there! So, I was here! Yeah, I'm so excited you started a blog! I'm really excited too that you'll be in Europe. What fun. I'm really proud of you for stepping out! What an adventure. Have a great day!!!

Carla :) said...

Hooray for a GREAT trip!! So glad to have gotten to share the days with you this summer before your even greater begins :)