First of all, sorry this post is late! The past few days have been crazy; between sleeping, moving into my new house and working, I’ve had no time for blogging! But fear not, I not have internet access at home! Here is what happened on day 3 of my journey:
We woke up in Flagstaff, AZ on Saturday and went to the Galaxy Diner for breakfast, which was amazing! Haley convinced me to finally get on FourSquare, which is awesome… I’m kicking myself for not getting it sooner! We had a big breakfast and then headed towards the Grand Canyon.
However, we only got about a mile before seeing an arts & crafts festival, so we turned around and spent 30 minutes there. We met some cool people, heard about the Tarantula Wasp (which apparently kills tarantulas and makes its nest in them…awesome) and Haley bought a knife… a badass knife, with an elk bone handle. She’s done all sorts of cool things with it, like cutting loose threads, getting rid of a hangnail, and just having a knife.
After that short detail, we actually began our trek towards the canyon. We climbed up to an elevation of 8000 feet very quickly, which was a bit uncomfortable, but overall the drive was very pleasant. It took about an hour to reach the national park. We got in and drove a few miles to the first overlook, passing a few badass grand canyon elk. 5 minutes later, as we pulled into the parking lot, I caught my first glimpse of the canyon… it was unlike anything I’d seen before.
We got out of the car and headed to the ledge. I stepped onto the edge of the canyon and looked out; I had severely underestimated the size of this wonder. I couldn’t even see the end of it, to the left, right or even across. We would spend the rest of the day taking busses to different ledges and getting different views. It was Memorial Day weekend, so there were a lot of people there.
At one ledge, there were no guard rails so Haley and I went a bit further onto the ledge than the pavement went. At the edge, I saw that there was another ledge below that we could get to with a bit of climbing, so we climbed down and adventured. I decided to be as crazy as I could without falling off the edge, so I climbed around a bit and adventured, but I’ll admit, I was pretty scared at times. I slipped on some loose rocks at one point and got a bit spooked, but that didn’t kill my spirits.
We hiked down the Bright Angel trail for a bit at the end of the day, and came across a very cool tunnel and overlook, and a sign that read “Do Not Enter, Dangerous Overlook.” So naturally we climbed up and took awesome pictures! As I was climbing off to take a picture of Haley, some old guy walked past talking to his son and I overheard him saying that the #1 demographic of people who die in the canyon are young men. Well, old farts are the #1 group of people who don’t like to have any fun!
We left the park around 8 P.M. after a visit to the gift shop, and decided to go to a diner in the town outside of the park. Well, we walked in to a trap… it was a Mexican restaurant. A shitty Mexican restaurant. None of the food was good and the service was lousy. I don’t want to talk about it.
We got gas and coffee/energy drinks, and headed back toward I-40. It was about 9:20 P.M. at this point. We nearly hit about 3 jackrabbits on the way out, but luckily no animals were harmed on our journey. We did decide that we’d rather take out a coyote than swerve into oncoming traffic though. Also, we agreed that if any ghosts appeared on the road, we would just stay calm and run over them so we wouldn’t end up like the typical horror movie victim.
Nothing too exciting happened until we pulled over in Kingman, AZ for gas around midnight. Haley went in to the station for a coffee, and told me the cashier was really nice. So I went in to buy an energy drink and see for myself. Shortly afterwards, he convinced me that Vegas was absolutely worth driving through. So we decided to do it.