Camping Trip at the Grand Canyon

August 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hello everyone!

Last weekend we finally made it to the beautiful Grand Canyon! We took our camper (lovingly named Desmond, yes named after our favorite Character on Lost) on his first voyage! We stayed at the Ten X campground right outside of the South Rim which we highly recommend! The grounds were very well kept and had clean bathrooms. ( http://www.recreation.gov/camping/tenx-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75372)  Doug's brother Jon and our friend Brandon came with us.  None of us had ever been to the Grand Canyon before so we didn't know what to expect.  I had seen picture mostly of the North Rim and Horseshoe Bend on social media, but my eyes and heart were not prepared for what we were going to witness!  It was more than breath taking, jaw dropping and being speechless combined.  I think we all had different reactions to it.  While some said it made them feel small (in a good way), I felt so peaceful and every worry, anxiety, and fear that was riddling my brain prior seemed to vanish. I couldn't think of anything other than the beauty that was surrounding me. We saw some amazing things, both days we were exploring some monsoons swept through the canyon, at first I was kind of bummed.  If it's storming out they close parts of the canyon that are only reachable by hiking or the free transportation they provide.  I thought we weren't going to see much. I'm terrified of storms and with some recent deaths in Arizona from lightning strikes I didn't want to hike too far away from shelter.  So the first day we did a lot of driving and quick stops at view points.  Watching the rain and dark clouds flood through the canyon was incredible, you could see the wall of heavy rain approaching and slowly the thick dark clouds would block out the bright sun, it was almost like you were in another world. In front of you was a ferocious storm but if you turned around behind would be dry and sunny.  The next day we started were the bus stop was closed from the previous storm.  We decided to hike the first few miles along the rim and then catch a bus the rest of the way up.  We got about half way and noticed some dark clouds to the east, we checked the radar and it showed they were moving away from us.  Little did we know another storm was approaching from the north.  When we saw the rain in the distance we decided to go to the waiting area for the buses.  Shortly after we got there a bus pulled up, my fear of the storm was dwindling since safety was in front of us.  The driver opened the door and before we could get on he announced they were evacuating this part of the rim due to the approaching storm and he would be back shortly.  They had to get to the hikers further up first.  We waited for what to me felt like 7 days.  We had no shelter, the rain was getting harder, the thunder louder and the lightning closer.  I may have screamed a few times.  Luckily we actually only waited 15-20 minutes, then crammed onto a bus with about 40 or so other people.  I started laughing about how scared I was but we were safe and had a great story to scare our parents with (sorry guys! We love you). We finished our adventure off with two more stops. The first was stopping in Flagstaff to see the Lava River Cave.  It's about a mile long, 40 degrees max temp and pitch black.  It's a fun little adventure!  I will warn getting into the cave is very slippery so just be careful. The last stop was the always beautiful Sedona! Our friend Brandon is from Ohio so he had never been there before, we took him to Devil's Bridge and the wind caves. We ended the night eating pizza with my Aunt and Uncle.  It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to go back to the Grand Canyon and hike down in!  If you haven't been there yet I hope you get the chance some time in your life, there is nothing else like it! I hope you enjoy the pictures we shot on our little adventure!


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