Long’s Epic Hike – By the Numbers

So, I recently hiked across the Grand Canyon.  According to my kids, I don’t stop talking about it.  So, to keep things fresh, I’m going to tell you about our hike by the numbers.  

It all started with 1 crazy idea thrown out by my college roommate, Maureen.  Here we are back in the day (when people took photos with cameras.)

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5 of us agreed to join along for the 28+ mile hike.  Although there were 2 (ahem, pictured below)

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who didn’t initially read Maureen’s incredibly clear information about doing the hike all in one day.  But, they were still in!

An aside:  our last girls’ trip was to Napa and required significantly less training.  Cheers, bitches!

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Speaking of, we trained throughout the summer.

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As the hike got closer, we each spent approximately 1 million dollars in gear at REI.

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Total tally: 17 hats between the 6 of us and enough snacks to feed a small country.

Finally, the week of the hike was here! We left our 17 kids in 5 different states, and headed off to AZ.

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It was a joyful and chatty reunion!

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After a night on the north rim at a hotel with questionable wallpaper, and refreshingly no wifi or cell service…

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…our hike of a lifetime began!IMG_8547.JPG

Off we went, 480 stories down.  With 28 years of friendship under our belt, we most definitely did not run out of things to talk about.   

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We took a 1 mile detour to gloriously gorgeous Ribbon Falls.  Life lesson learned: some detours are totally worth it.

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We made it to our next big landmark, Phantom Ranch, where we had 6 of the most delicious lemonades we have ever tasted.

 

Back on the trail for a grueling 365 stories back up and out.  And, that’s when “sh*& started getting real.”  

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[Me while sh*& gets real]

Thankfully we had 0 puking hikers.  

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The last 3 miles were absolutely grueling.  They took us 3 hours and required major mental toughness.  But we did it – in 2 shifts – but we did it!

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And then there were 5 beers + 1 glass of wine joyfully hoisted.

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Final count?  At least 1,000 laughs, a few tears, and 1 big check off the bucket list.  But, seriously, next trip can we go to Canyon Ranch?

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