Thursday, May 5, 2011
This morning, we woke up knowing We don't have to drive today. We don't have to pack and unpack. It was refreshing.
On his drive, a coyote crossed his path, so he snapped a quick pic:
After a quick pit stop back at our hotel, we drove to the Visitor's Center, where we caught an orange line shuttle to the head of South Kaibab Trail. We strapped Nora into the Ergo carrier again, and down we went, hiking down into the canyon.
He also took a photo of the canyon in the early morning light:
Michael came back to the hotel room, and once Nora and I were in better spirits, we got ready and went out for breakfast. We took the shuttle to El Tovar, where Michael enjoyed a chocolate chip belgian waffle and I had a signature cinnamon roll. Good stuff.
And then came upon some mule deer:
We eventually arrived at our destination, Ooh Ahh Point. It's about a mile from the trailhead. The trail continues on, all the way down to the floor of the canyon, but that's about eight miles round-trip, and not something you are supposed to do in one day. We stayed at Ooh Ahh Point for about 15 minutes, snapping photos and getting a little rest in.
Before heading back up (ughhh), Michael and I traded--he took Nora, I took the camera bag. I got to carry her downhill, and Michael thankfully took her on the way back up. It's funny, because we later ran into a couple we had passed on the trail on the way down. When she saw Michael carrying Nora (back up at the rim), she admitted that when we had passed them, she saw me lugging Nora and had said to her husband, "Sure, leave it to a man to make the woman carry the baby on a hike!" She was happy to hear that Michael had bared the load on the way back up. :)
While Nora slept the majority of the way down, she woke up pretty much as soon as we reached Ooh Ahh.
We eventually made it back to the top (yay!), just as a woman was about to push a stroller down onto the trail. I was just about to open my big fat mouth when she asked, gesturing to the stroller, "Is this crazy?" Michael and I both told her yes. HA! For a second it seemed like she wasn't going to take our advice, but then we heard her tell her friend that they should come back later with the Baby Bjorn. Thank goodness.
We hopped on the shuttle (ahhh, air conditioning) and got off at the next stop, which was another overlook.
We went back to our room to rest for a bit. I fed Nora her food, which she gobbled up, but not without giving me this hilarious look like, "Mom--What are you trying to feed me?"
Michael snapped this pic of me as I stepped out onto one of the rock ledges to take a better look.
Tomorrow, we're back on the road for our longest stretch yet--from the Grand Canyon back to good ol' Las Vegas.