We drive to the east rim first, figuring we had a little time and how often do you go to the Grand Canyon? I had never been so it was pretty darn exciting. It was too close to dark for hiking and then we spent a solid 30 minutes watching coyotes which I don't regret one bit.
The trail was covered in ice, the buildings were closed and it was pretty frigid. Yet we still managed to see wildlife. My favorite part.
We drove the length of the east rim trying to catch sunset and still stay warm before finding a nice spot to sleep near the entrance to the west rim.
The next morning was still icy cold and full of tourists but this place is so cool.
I decided to go on my own hike and headed down the most popular route towards the Colorado river. I was still pretty chilly as I headed down thousands of feet but I felt like I was flying and having a fantastic time.
I'll admit it I was impressed by the Grand Canyon on the rim but felt no great desire to return. After actually hiking I can't wait to come back and see more.
An exhilarating if chilly day of climbing. Then on to the adventure of car troubles on a weekend into the middle of nowhere. We finally coasted out of the mountains crossing our fingers and staring at check engine lights. The Grand Canyon may be amazing but it has pretty much zero car fixing abilities on weekends.
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