Travel Tuesday: Rim-to-River-to-Rim
Oh, what a week it has been! I’ve officially survived a full week of living in a van + it’s safe to say I’ve been thriving a bit more than I expected. Somehow my whole attempt-to-balance-work-and-play setup has been working slightly better than expected. The fact the #yourlead van comes with a WiFi hotspot helps a ton — I just toss my co-pilot the keys + hit up my “real job” for a long stretch of boring highway. #lifewin
For the majority of the past week I had Robb along to keep me company. He’s the friend that innocently agreed to store my gear while I was aboard then somehow ended up with a roommate for my winter of working in Summit County. To say the least, he’s a nice guy with a lot of patience!
We spent the week wandering down to Southern Colorado then over the the Grand Canyon. We drove over a few mountain passes, spotted a few random posses of wildlife, whipped up some tasty meals + soaked in a few Grand Canyon streams.
Dates: June 13-19
Miles Driven: 2,041 [5,029 – 7,070]
National Parks Visited: 3 [Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Death Valley]
Nights of Van Life’ing: 5
Showers Taken: 2
Highest Elevation: 11,013 [Eisenhower Tunnel]
Lowest Elevation: -282 [Badwater Basin]
Wha?! Moment: Watching people walk INTO the Grand Canyon at noon, on a 105 degree day!
People are Awesome: Jenna, at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center made our entire trek feasible!
Now, rather than bore you with all the words, here are a few photos of the awesome we’ve experienced over the past 7 days…it’s been pretty incredible + we’ve been lucky enough to see some pretty freaking amazing nooks + crannies of Mother Earth.
Robb + I left our mini campsite in the National Forest behind Tusayan before 3am had a chance to roll around. With our TETON Sports day packs full of snacks + all the water we set out from the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. We followed the Rim Trail over to the South Kaibab Trail then started our trek down into the canyon.
Initially, our plan was to do just the South Kaibab Trail, retracing our steps to get back up the canyon but as we hiked down we upgraded our plan to include the Bright Angel Trail. Once we crossed the bridge at the bottom of the Grand Canyon we headed over to the Bright Angel Campground, soaked ourselves in the river then hopped on the Bright Angel Trail for our climb back up the canyon.
By the time we hiked our way out of the Grand Canyon we had spent 8.5 hours on our feet, covering 19 miles with nearly 6,000 feet of elevation gain + loss. Needless to say…it was a long day! That said, we did plan it out right, avoiding most of the heat by being in a cafe with a juicy burger in our hands before the afternoon heat took over. Phew. We earned our afternoon of naps + lazy laundry!
At the end of the week I dropped Robb off at the Flagstaff airport, visited another Sportsman Warehouse store [the Flagstaff store was so full of energy, loved it!] + returned to the airport to pick up Tanya. Oh, yes! The Tanya is now in the van with me…for a full two weeks! The adventures are about to get ridiculous, I promise. But, you’ll have to come back next week for those stories + photos!