Last Sunday my cousins and I met up at the Grand Canyon to hike Bright Angel Trail and Plateau Point! My Uncle Rick and his daughter Lindy flew in from Wisconsin with their exchange student Caca (Katja) and a good friend of the family Kersten. My Aunt Lisa was unable to come so Kersten was a last minute substitution and she decided to hike too. My cousin Tricia flew in from Minnesota. We left about 8:45 AM and this first picture is the before picture!
One of us has a picture of the five of us out there, but I don't have it yet, so here is the one of the four of us that Tricia took.
On the way up we separated into two, sometimes three, groups. It was 301 flights of stairs up, 12.7 miles total and took me 8 hours and 55 minutes! The average time is 9 hours so I was pretty happy with that! Caca is a hiker she beat us by 45 minutes--she is 17. Kersten got a migraine and was sick all the next day and in the ER. I think she didn't have time to train though she is 20 and in great shape. She beat us by 30 minutes. Tricia stayed back with Lindy and I and cheered us on or she would have been up with or before the others. The altitude was killer. My body held up great and I felt strong, but my heart would get pounding and I needed more air way too often. It was so much harder to breathe on the way up than I have ever experienced.
|Kathy with Allietare!|
|Me with Talkin' Turkey!|