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The mule train bringing up the daily mail... it was shut down for visitors to ride to the top and bottom due to trail work

We woke up early, picked up our bagged lunch and started out on the Kaibab Trail!  We all paces ourselves the same distance but then as usual we started to drift apart.  Through the hike up, atleast half the hike, Dave was my hiking partner.  It was good to have some company and talk.  We talked just about everything and enjoyed the view on the way up.  when we first started out hike we passed the Mule Train... they were bringing down some food and mail for the workers.  then a little bit farther up the Mule train passed us once more going up bringing some mail to be sent back out.  Then half the way up the train passed us again.  Part of me wished that the mule train wasn't shut down due to trail maintenance.

The view from The South Kaibab Trail going to the top of the Canyon
.. but hiking up was more of a strain on my chest cavity than my legs... it actually made me forget about my leg pains. 

The hike up Kaibab didn't impress me as much as Bright Angel.  The hike was more straight up than switchbacks so there was less visual changes in the scenery than the hike down.  There was less vegetation and more plains.  It was actually funny because on the way up, after Dave and I stopped to eat our bagged lunch of summer sausage and a bagel we continued over and I saw the most magnificent switchback.  I went and looped my hiking stick around my wrist and got my camera to take a photo... oops... there goes my walking stick.  I look down in disbelief.  How am I going to get that?  Dave told me to forget about it and that I didn't need the stick anyways, I haven't used it yet.

View of the Bridge at the beginning of our hike on the Kaibab Trail to go to Phantom Ranch
.. I was like I can't because then Amy doesn't get her security deposit of $40 USD back!  So the gentleman he was he hiked down to get it for me... oh my financial savior!

So the last 2 miles was horrible to hike up.  I was exhausted and my chest was hurting so bad because I wasn't in the shape I needed to be... but alas my legs stopped hurting so at this time I was upset because then I figured I should've hiked to the Havasupai falls because Waterfalls are my favorite things to look at!  sigh.  the only thing I wanted was a decent meal because of 2 days with beef stew and bagels with summer sausage... not that much nutritional value and my palate needed something of taste (it likes an explosion in the mouth) and that just didn't do it for me!  I arrived to the top an hour after John and a little bit after the rest of the ladies and Dave... when I got to the top I collapsed from needing food and all I was craving was pizza or a hot dog... strange things to want after hiking. 

We waited for Nancy to finish her way up... which was an hour after me and we returned our hiking sticks and headed out on our way!  Man am I happy that I really didn't lose it!  Yay!

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The mule train bringing up the dai…
The mule train bringing up the da…
The view from The South Kaibab Tra…
The view from The South Kaibab Tr…
View of the Bridge at the beginnin…
View of the Bridge at the beginni…
Aunt Nancy making her way up Kaiba…
Aunt Nancy making her way up Kaib…
A view from the Kaibab Trail
A view from the Kaibab Trail
Aunt Nancy, me, Amy and John pose …
Aunt Nancy, me, Amy and John pose…
A view of the colorado river from …
A view of the colorado river from…
I thought that it was interesting …
I thought that it was interesting…
the Kaibab Switchbacks
the Kaibab Switchbacks
Man walking up the Kaibab Trail
Man walking up the Kaibab Trail
Dave rescuing my walking stick for…
Dave rescuing my walking stick fo…
Kaibab trail with the canyon behind
Kaibab trail with the canyon behind
Kaibab Trail
Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon Plains from the Kaiba…
Grand Canyon Plains from the Kaib…
Plains from the Kaibab Trail
Plains from the Kaibab Trail
Finished FINALLY
Finished FINALLY
Worn out and in need of some food-…
Worn out and in need of some food…
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photo by: Sunflower300