Day 3: the journey ends

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Our campsite on Horseshoe Mesa. How would you like to wake up to that view?
I woke up early with the hope of using that little last bit of camera battery to catch a beautiful sunrise.  Unfortunately, even though the rain had long since stopped, the sky was still pretty cloudy and I didn't end up with any good shots.  On the plus side though, I enjoyed the most wonderful toilet ever.  Yes, you read that right.  The mesa is a designated campsite and as such has a composting toilet for hikers to do their business.  (I won't get into all the details of what I did in that regard the for other two days, but it suffices to say it involved digging and squatting.)  Anyways, imagine a standard toilet seat affixed to a giant metal/plastic box (approximately 4' W x 3' H x 5' D - there was a step just to get on the thing), surrounded on three sides by wooden fencing.
The Grand Canyon in the morning light.
  There's no roof and no fourth wall.  You just s(h)it there and enjoy the view.  And what a view it was.
The hike back up to the trailhead was definitely harder than the way down.  Not only are you going uphill, but you've got the exhaustion of two days of hiking wearing you down.  Add to that the sun beating down on you and you get pretty tired.  Or at least I did.  But it was so worth it.  Once we started getting close to the top, we started seeing the photo-snapping tourists again.  They treated us like rock stars!  It was so cool.  They were slapping us on the backs and cheering us on.  Once I got to the top, I threw down my pack and did a Rocky-style victory lap.
I'd do this again in a heartbeat.  I haven't been backpacking since, but it definitely whet my appetite.  Now that I'm not completely a novice, I think I'll try it next time without a guide.  I'd definitely recommend this for any first-timers out there.  The sights are wonderful and the feeling of accomplishment can't be beat.
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Our campsite on Horseshoe Mesa.  H…
Our campsite on Horseshoe Mesa. …
The Grand Canyon in the morning li…
The Grand Canyon in the morning l…
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