Day hiking the Grand Canyon: Rim-to-Rim
As we climbed the final switchbacks up to the South Rim, having logged 24 miles and ~10,000’ of elevation change on our feet, we passed by a father and son heading down trail a bit to catch the sunset and some photos.
Son: Dad, what are they doing with those?
Dad: Hikers use those poles when they are traveling a long ways – it helps to lessen the load that they carry.
Son: That looks fun! I want to do that.
Dad: No, you’ve got to be tripping to do that. C'mon.
Despite how terrible I felt at this point, I couldn’t help but smirk. To be honest, Dad, you’re kind of right. (But I still like your Son better.)
I guess we should rewind about 12 hours or so, because we certainly didn’t drive to this overlook.