As we move into the New Year I, like most, find myself reflecting on 2022 – specifically my trek across the Grand Canyon. It’s almost like a dream now. I can’t imagine I ever had the courage, strength, and stamina to do it.
I’ve had a lot of people ask about the hike, interested in exploring the opportunity for themselves. The most important thing I tell them is to be honest about their health and fitness before committing to the challenge. There is a sign at the trail head that says, “Caution! Down in optional. Up in mandatory.” And that’s no joke. Park rangers tell us there are only three reasons they’ll send a helicopter in for you:
BEFORE THE HIKE
DURING THE HIKE
AFTER THE HIKE
So, there you have it. Will I do it again? Nope! While I loved the challenge, I’ve been to the Grand Canyon three times. I’ll be looking for new challenges in other national parks. That said, the friend I hiked with has already made plans to go back and do it again. If you’re ever interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out. I’m more than happy to bore you with more details.
Oh, and one last piece of advice … if it hasn’t rained lately, avoid the puddles on the trail. There is no filter on the market that can turn donkey piss into potable water. Plus, the smell on your shoes will be with you for several long, blazing hours.
Tammy is the owner of Mother of Pearls, a full-service, boutique public relations agency in Carmel, IN, that specializes in media relations, media training and crisis communications.