Below the Rim

Dennis and I wandered to the Grand Canyon Saturday for our first, hopefully of many adventures below the rim. We hiked the Grandview Trail which is a “not maintained” trail east of the National Park. We were unsure; the trail is listed as “difficult” in the national park service website. The website also says the hike back up from the 3000 ft altitude drop will take twice as long. Our fledgling hike was about to begin well equipped with sunscreen, hats, new camelbacks and walking sticks, we began our decent.

The trail was surely rocky

God’s handy work, He put steps in for us. As I’m walking down these stairs, I imagine the thousands of animals who have worn this before us. It is truly fascinating. 

Dennis stayed put while I hiked so you could see the path and distance to the next switch back. 

Of course what goes down must go back up! Wow, wow. I have to say, physically it is easier climbing up than going down. Cardiovascularly it is breath taking going up :-0 By the way, isn’t he cute?

This is just a beautiful shot from the Coconino Saddle which is at mile 1. We met a woman who guides and she told us not to believe the “twice as long going back up” advice from the hiking guide. She said that was for teenagers who cruise fast down the trail. It would be equal amount of time. Because it was our first time we didn’t want to push it, we did not hike the entire 3 miles to the Horseshoe Mesa, we thought we would hike 2 hours down and see how long it took us up. So we dropped in elevation 3000 ft along the path to the Horseshoe Mesa then turned back. Well she was right! It took us just under 2 hours to hike back up. Listen to experience, I guess 😉

God and all His wonder is evident every step of the way.

Psalm 145:4-6 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.

Awed by His Majesty ~ Susie



  • Durinda Bontrager

    May 28, 2012

    BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!What a beauty all around us that HE gave for us to enjoy.
    So thrilled that you are enjoying all the new sights and loving your new place.
    God is sooooooo very good and soooooooo very faithful.
    love ya and miss ya, Durinda

  • Sandi Hann

    July 6, 2012

    You brave souls! I got dizzy just “visiting” the GC! Ha! I don’t do heights very well.
    Loved the scripture (Ps 145:4-6)


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