to get energy one must exert energy

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The view heading away from Phantom Ranch

Pop... my eyes awake wide open... wait, what's going on because it's still dark outside.  I can't be up... I like sleep, there's no way... try to go back to sleep, just try.  But it didn't work.  I looked at my watch and it was 4:30AM!!!  What's going on!?  I hate getting up early and I couldn't even fall back asleep so I just layed there until the sun came up.  I hopped down of my bunk and headed outside.  I was impressed because after all that hiking I only had 5 hours of sleep! It was sort of crazy.  Amy studied medical in Penn State University so I asked her why and her one response was "to get energy one must exert energy"... well, let's just say that this has never happened again.  Never in my life have I ever woken up so early except for when I was worried about something!  I think the reason why I woke so early is because my legs were still hurting so bad.

Aunt Nancy and I enjoying the 57F degree Weather
 

Dave came over to me in the Lodge to ask if I was going to hike to the falls with him.  I looked at him and my Uncle and asked how far away it was... John responded that it was about 8 miles.  I didn't think I could do it... even though it was going to be mostly flat land I didn't think my legs could handle the exertion!  So sadly I passed and Dave did the hike himself... the rest of the group stayed behind. 

So in the lodge we all grabbed our sack lunch that we got with our stay at the bottom and mossied around to the Colorado river where we just relaxed.  Nancy and I were convinced that it was in the 60's and Amy and Amy were convinced it was in the low 40's... in the on photo there is a pic of Nancy and I infront of the River and there is another photo of Amy and Amy with books all bundled up in flease.

Me at the Colorado
.. well, Amy and Amy were a complete 180 from Nancy and I who were in t-shirts and I had my sandles on... so yeah it's interesting to get 2 people from different areas of the US together because one can never agree on a temperature.

So the bagged lunch they gave us wasn't too exciting.  It was a bagel, summer sausage, an  apple and a beverage.  So it really didn't satisfy my palate.  But I did with what I got and was just happy for some food.

Wondering around the bottom was pretty cool because you got to see a lot of history.  There are stone fixtures that looked like they were once whole but have since crumbled and art work from the Indian tribes that once habitated there.  It's a very peaceful place to just go and be by yourself.

Amy and Amy freezing because 57F degrees is too cold for their warm phoenix blood
 

After wondering around we headed back to the lodge... my mom has a post card collection dating back to 1936 and the rest of my family loves postcards... I get them everywhere I go.  So we went back to the little convenience store where I bought some post cards... to be delivered by mule (that's what's stamped on it because it takes the mule train up the canyon).  At the cash wrap I was talking to the guy who works there and asked him what the temperature was... I was astonished.  Here I am hot and he tells me it's only 57 Degrees F!!!!  I looked shocked and he said yeah, it feels colder doesn't it.  I told him that I thought it was in the 60's... he didn't look amused and he said he has been miserable down there because of how cold it was and then he saw my feet and didn't understand how I had sandles on.

and over pass over the Colorado
  Then, of course, I started to talk some more because I have a habit of not shutting up.  And I told him how last week I was in almost zero degrees F with snow up to my knees so this was a heat wave for me... he didn't understand how I lived in the cold and I told him how I didn't understand how they lived in the heat of Arizona. 

The one thing you can plan on getting from your trip to Phantom Ranch is some family fun time.  See my family isn't that tight and family oriented.  Sure we talk to each other but nothing to the extreme!  But they have what's called happy hour where you can go and play games like dominoes and pictionary.  We had a lot of fun... then we got kicked out so they could served dinner. 

Just like the night before Dave ate first by eating his fancy, schmancy steak while the rest of us got our $20 stew.

Me enjoying the Day
  At our table were a group of workers who get helicoptered down every day to do work of some sort down there.  We started talking and found out that the crew of Phantom Ranch get's other food than stew and steak every night... one night they got pizza and another Fettuchini... the day light workers decided to join the paying crowd for some stew.  They were very interesting and shared some great stories... that's another cool thing about being in a big hole you get to bond with other people who are down there and your differences are put aside... everyone is equal and there is no judging.  But this is where I found out that it cost $5000 to get airlifted out of the canyon if you can't make it back up!  Yikes... I hope I can do it!

Well, Dave told us that he had a great time hiking to the Havasupai falls and he met up with a nice couple who were heading that way themselves.

The group on a day hike
  So I was happy that he had company... but my legs still hurt!  So maybe it was a good thing I didn't go because it may have not worked out... maybe I may have needed to be air lifted out... Hmmm... 

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The view heading away from Phantom…
The view heading away from Phanto…
Aunt Nancy and I enjoying the 57F …
Aunt Nancy and I enjoying the 57F…
Me at the Colorado
Me at the Colorado
Amy and Amy freezing because 57F d…
Amy and Amy freezing because 57F …
and over pass over the Colorado
and over pass over the Colorado
Me enjoying the Day
Me enjoying the Day
The group on a day hike
The group on a day hike
The entrance to the bridge
The entrance to the bridge
The group at dinner
The group at dinner
The view of the Bridge back to the…
The view of the Bridge back to th…
Nancy and Jan walking back to phan…
Nancy and Jan walking back to pha…
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