31.03.2011 - 01.04.2011
We pulled in around lunch time, found our awesome campsite, and set up camp by noon. After getting the tent set up and getting the cooler and all of the cooking gear on the table we decided to get some more ice before our hike down the canyon. They had a really big general store near the campground, very impressive.
Pulling up to our camp site I could only stare in disbelief.....a 2 foot blackbird was sitting on top of our styrofoam cooler and had pecked a football sized hole in the top of it. Bastard ate our bacon and threw styrofoam bits all over the ground, then sat 10 feet away and laughed as we cleaned it up, then he called his friends over to mock us. Got it all cleaned up and after Katrina gave him the evil eye we were off to hike.
Walking up to the rim of the canyon and looking out over the vast expanse, you realize why so many people flock here. Time to climb down it and play. We did the 1.5 mile down then back up, so 3 miles total. The hike down was fun, except for the melting snow causing mud and grossing out Katrina, and yes there was still snow in the canyon. The hike back up was very humbling. There was a 70 year old couple that passed us a couple times and she was carrying a shopping bag and using a mop handle as a walking stick and every time my tired butt sat down she would pass me not even breathing heavy! Can't have that. I think we mad it about 20 paces before them. Still counts.
Time for showers and dinner. The 3 bean stew was done by the time Katrina got back from her shower and I left some on the burner for when I got back from my nice hot shower. All clean and full we let the fire die out and crawled into the tent. Our beloved tent heater fell over and burned a hole in the bottom of the tent. Hmmm, that doesnt seem safe does it? No heater for us, but more importantly how will we ever keep every bug in the region from getting in the tent? At least that was Katrina's #1 concern. We soaked the spot in bug spray and I slept on top of it. 40 degrees when we woke up, fire was made very quickly. Breakfast scramble in our bellys we packed up the car and headed out to The Hoover Dam.
Too cool. I was blown away by the size of the generators and.......well......everything. After that modern marvel and lots of pictures later we were off to VEGAS!!!!!