Monday, July 24, 2006

USB cable to the rescue! (about time for some Grand Canyon pictures, don't you think?)

I finally found it!!! Of course now I'm about to rush out the door to catch a train, but I wanted to take a minute to post a few pics of all those trips I've been telling you about. Just in case you didn't believe me about the Grand Canyon (and I would understand if you didn't given how long it's taken me to get these pics up).

ETA: I should note that by "how long" I mean months. This trip was for Taz's birthday in the first week of May. I have nothing to say in my own defense. Just get over it and look at the pics.

So anyway, here we go:

The first evening we got there, we drove to one of the lookouts on the
South Rim and took some early evening pictures.

Our first full day there, we took a hike partway down the most
popular trail. This cool tunnel was fairly near the top.

When stopping for lunch, we looked back and were
amazed at what we'd come down.

Taz and I thought this rock looked like a heart.

The next day we hiked down a different trail, which was much longer
and more challenging. Aside from the Camelback that Taz is wearing here,
we carried several more liters of water with us, as well as energy bars
and (an new discovery for us)
engergy gel.

If you're wondering why we carried so much fluid and electrolytes with us, it's because we had read a lot of horror stories of people dying in the canyon from dehydration and heat exhaustion. And we did in fact drink and eat pretty much everything we carried. At the trailhead, there was this warning sign about it. The headline said "Could you run the Boston Marathon? Well, she could, and she died in the Grand Canyon." Point taken.

My face barely begins to express how exhausted I am in this picture.
Especially after running the last 100 yards to the top after spotting a

And finally, I offer you:

Sunset at the Grand Canyon.

After posting all of those pictures, I have to say, even the best photographers have trouble doing justice to the beauty of this place. There is a reason it is one of the wonders of the world. If you ever have the chance, GO.

I had planned to give you some pics of the Philly trip too, but now I'm out of time, so those will have to wait for another post. There ought to be some decent knitting progress on this train ride, so look for update pics soon. OK, I'm outta here!


Kristin said...

Great pictures - it looks like a fun trip! I'll be back in the States, DC primarily, in mid-September.... Looking forward to being on the same continent and catching up with you! Love, Kristin

medea said...

It's so great to hear from you again. Those pictures look amazing, what an adventure it must've been :)

jennsquared said...

Wow! That's awesome! Supposely my aunt and uncle bought "a pile of dirt" next to the Canyon and is expecting the dirt to turn into a house in a year, so maybe when I go visit them there, I will finally take my trip to it.

Good luck with your interviews!!!!

Jenn said...

So pretty!

Doris said...

I've been to the canyon, but never hiked into it. It does seem daunting, climbing out on the way home.

Suess said...

Yeah what gorgeous pictures! I finally caught up on your blog and boy have you been busy between knitting, ballgames, concerts and the canyon. Will be reading to see where the train took you this last time. I know Taz is away alot but you guys make good use of the time you are together...fitting so much fun it, its great! Thanks for your comments too. I'll hopefully be a bit more regular, and short after this next post as I should be caught up in the major details. Was a great trip, arrival and hopefully will continue with the start of work next week...have to admit not too anxious for that just yet...haven't had time to be bored. Hope your search is going okay...keep enjoying the time you have, you'll be sure to miss it soon!

Lolita Blahnik said...

Amazing pics!!! If I have someday the chance, I will go!!!

Lía said...

Qué preciosidad de sitio!! En el año que viví en Colorado nunca llegué a ir al Gran Cañón y eso que estaba "relativamente" cerca, aunque si que tuve la suerte de viajar por las Rocky Mountains en la frontera entre Usa y Canadá...espero volver, algún día.

mazhalai said...

its on my list.. have have have to see it soon.. thanks for your wonderful photos :)

Zarzuela said...

Great pics! I totally want to go some day although it sounds like the hike is not for the out of shape or faint of heart!