Day 8 & 9 of “Operation Grand Canyon or Bust”

March 27th, 2008

Day 8:

How heavenly a soft bed can be. Small comforts like running water, a flushing toilet, and a soft pillow are taken for granted by each of us. You truly don’t appreciate these everyday items until you don’t have them for a while.

After sleeping in this morning, we made our way to Deming, AZ. Our family loves rocks and my husband had read about Rock Hound State Park in Deming. They boast of geodes and gems. You pay $5/car and can dig all day long. On our way, we pulled over for an In & Out burger (heaven on earth to my husband).

We arrived after the visitor’s center had closed at Rock Hound Park, so we didn’t know quite where to look for geodes. Sadly, we didn’t find anything. So, we drove to Las Cruces for the night. I know that most of the hotel patrons heard me snoring. I didn’t care.

Day 9:

Here we come, Texas! We are all so busy in our lives and can’t wait to “get away from it all”. However, there is something so wonderful about coming home to a familiar bed and your own, private haven.

We drove and drove today. Most of our trip was filled with rest stops, bathroom breaks, expensive gasoline fill-ups, passing semi trucks, and barren landscape. I couldn’t believe the amount of smog in El Paso. My husband said that Juarez, Mexico pumps a lot of smog into the atmosphere as they don’t have the environmental restrictions that the United States has. All I can say is that folks in that area probably have burning lungs and don’t live a full life. You could cut the air. It was just a dirty, gray soup of atmosphere.

When we got home, we brought everything in and started to do laundry. My foot hadn’t gotten any better and I couldn’t bend my foot. Under protest, my husband took me to an urgent care clinic. They took x-rays of my foot and diagnosed a nasty infection from my blister. I was given antibiotics and told to rest. Silly foot.

I have to say that I am glad to be home. I enjoyed seeing the Grand Canyon, meeting very friendly hikers, seeing the beautiful South West, and spending time with my family. It was quite the vacation.

Cost for Trip:

  • Permit: $70
  • Equipment for Trip: $1500
  • Food for Hike: approx. $100
  • Food on Trip: approx. $200
  • Park Fees/Souveniers: approx. $100
  • Hotel stays: $600
  • Gasoline: $340

Total miles hiked in 3 days: 28.5

Epiphany: Most hikers are considerate, helpful, and follow the rules. Tourists are less likely to.

What is next for us? Well, we have Walt Disney World and the Goofy Races in 2009. We might go to Lake Powell on a houseboat too. Who knows? Life is too short to sit at home and say “If only I could”. There are so many possibilities. I guess it is time to start saving for our next adventure. Marshmallow river Yosemite

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