|Grand Canyon North Rim Lookout Point|
|Cactus flower in the Grand Canyon|
There were only 7 of us that decided to try to finish up the whole 10 mile trek down to Roaring Springs and then back out of the Grand Canyon. The rest of the way down was starting to get hot and as we went, people would pass us or we would pass people along. What we didn't realize was the people going back up were quite serious when they kept saying that at least we weren't on our way up yet (oh but we soon realized the weight of those words hours later). The view was very beautiful and I really did not expect to see a waterfall along our hike! The waterfall was feeding Roaring Springs and was our marking point for a while to see how far we had left. We started our hike just around 8 am and at around 11:30 am made it down to Roaring Springs, most of us doing pretty well.
|View near Roaring Springs, looking up|
|My friend on the way back to the rest stop|
Once at the rest stop, we were quite short tempered and it was not helped by the mule riders joking that they would be back at the top before we would. The only thing keeping our smiles on our faces was the fact that we kept telling ourselves that we actually walked the whole way and these people only rode down half of it.
|Nearing the top, wishing I was already there|
Looking back I believe most of us would gladly do that again and I believe our next adventure will be the rim to rim hike. Once you start, there is a need inside somewhere to finish the whole thing, which I hope to do someday. This was an experience of a lifetime and I can gladly say that I only left the Grand Canyon feeling quite accomplished as well as extremely sore!