May 25th 2016: East Tonto – Colorado River – Cottonwood Ranch – North Kaibab Trailhead, ca. 17 ml
I sleep well on the Tonto shelf. The winds sleeps too and so it’s quiet. Ah! The alarm rings at 4:30 am and by 5 am we get going. That’s the earliest we managed so far :cP We just have a Snickers for breakfast and head the last 400m /1200 ft down to the Colorado River. It’s so smooth and easy this trail.
We cross the bridge and have our decent breakfast on a bench near Phantom Ranch. HQ goes inside to fill up water and some kind people give him pancake and 2 pieces of bacon. Yesss!
In no time we hike the 7 miles till Cottonwood Ranch. It’s incredible how fast one can go when there’s a trail that isn’t steep up- or downhill- We have a 30 minute break and the next 7 miles are a lot slower and harder and it’s hot! BUT we have the magic umbrella and every fuckin dayhiker we meet has something to say about it. O folks common! Some go down in black jeans, no water, no cap, no sunscreen. How stupid can one be?
By 2.55 pm we’re up. Hell yeah! We made it. Down up down up done! Crazy thing. What an adventure.
We get a hiker biker spot at the North Rim Campground, and while I lay down HQ goes to pick up our resupply package (the lodge was so kind to store it for us! Thanks lodge!). Pepsi and Pringles are or treat for making it back up to the North Rim. Party!
Going down into the deepest of the valley, of the canyon
where things get hot and the current swift
That is where you find the burning of the soul, your inner fire
How can you ever find out about the true depth of life
if you’ve never taken the path into the deepest valley?
Life is everything
The canyon, the mountain, the inbetween.