Illness during travels is never a fun experience, stomach troubles is worse and having stomach troubles while camping is horrendous. Despite this I will see the Grand Canyon. I might not be able to go a full day hike but I’m not missing the Grand Canyon.
Everyone else in the camping party had left early in the morning but having gotten very little sleep I don’t head out til around 10am which is very unlike me when I have limited time in an awesome location. I’m off food but drink lots of water, plenty re-hydration medicine and lots of lovely tablets to stop be being so ill.
Even though I think it kind of takes away from the idea of vast wilderness of the Grand Canyon I was very thankful that there is actually a bus system that goes round large sections of the National Park South Rim area. This is really what saves my trip here. There is no way I’m capable of walking far so I fully utilise the bus routes to see as many view points as possible and to spend as long as possible soaking up the epic Canyon views.
My first stop back at Mather Point, where we had watched the sun set is still amazing. The sheer size of the Canyon is immense but I also make friends with the local wildlife.
I manage to make it to a few different spots and try to see a variety of views, even going some hiking off the track to get away from the crowds that seemed to only hang around the bus stops and not explore any further. The buses definitely open up the experience to those who normally couldn’t see the Canyon and there is plenty of easy walking paths around the viewpoints but its sad that so many people get off the shuttle buses walk to the viewpoint, snap a photo and then return to await the next bus out. Did you really appreciate the natural beauty there? Did you enjoy your view? If I can make an effort to explore in my state I feel others could at least try to look interested rather than just ticking the Grand Canyon of the to do list.
Having picked some spots that are somewhat spread out my next drop off is Yaki Point before heading to Yavapi Point and checking out the Geological Museum there as well. I do all the usual sit on the edge photos although probably not the best idea when exploring alone and while ill.
My afternoon comprises of various stops on the Hermits Rest route including Pima Point and an spot know as the Abyss which of course I had to stand at and look down. The shear size of the Grand Canyon is extremely difficult to comprehend both in terms of depth and vastness. The central village also displays the predicted temperature which also go incredible high into the 40Cs. I think if you get lost on a trek here you’re pretty much a goner.
When I get back to camp the group have decided to make smores. I reluctantly try a smore and the idea is definitely good and I quite like it but American chocolate is quite horrible. Hershey’s is definitely not for me and it really leaves an aftertaste.
Its an early bed for me as I hope and pray I’m better tomorrow as its a long bus trip to Las Vegas.