Roughing It: Grand Canyon Style

Today’s Prompt: When was the last time you “roughed it”? Submitted by Kristen @

The last time I roughed it was when your Dad and I went on vacation to the Grand Canyon. We stayed at the Bright Angel Lodge. It was a tiny room with a bed and small bathroom with a shower. I was beyond rustic (not a complaint but rather a description). We arrived on Monday or a Tuesday and we walked around the rim and took the bus to the other look out points. About 3 hours after we got there a big storm rolled in and you could no longer see the canyon. We went back to the room and got ready for our dinner reservation at the El Tovar, the nicest restaurant and hotel in the whole park. We had an amazing dinner and enjoyed some time by the fireplace.

Our plan was to get up the next day and hike down a little bit. I must confess once I got there and saw the look out points and just how steep the hike down would be I was VERY nervous. To add to my concerns we purchased the book “Death in the Canyon” it was basically an accounting of every single person who had ever died in the Grand Canyon. It did worry me that some people died in some odd ways in situations that I could see your Dad and I getting our selves into.

We went to bed on that chilly night and woke up freezing. I realized there was no heat on. Then I realized there was no power. Then I looked out the window to see what was going on and there was 7 inches of snow on the ground and it was still falling. We were there for the first snow storm of the season that was unexpectedly early.

This was a our room not exactly roughing it, but pretty minimal.

Phew, I was saved by the snow storm the trails were closed! But now we were freezing and had to shovel out our car without a shovel! Luckily there was a snow and ice scraper in the car and we did pack warm coats, hats, and gloves.

To say we roughed it may be dramatic but when you are in bare bones lodge with no power in the entire national park…. you are not in an optimal situation. But it was an amazing experience and it worked out well for me.

Lessons to learn

  • Pack for the weather you are going to be in. We saw tons of people in flip flops and shorts because they thought that all of Arizona was hot.
  • Be willing to change to the situation.
  • Go to the Grand Canyon (do not worry we will bring you there) it is an amazing site.

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3 responses to “Roughing It: Grand Canyon Style

  1. I really love this style of writing that has to do with writing to your children. I’m not sure I would be the one hiking down the canyon either–I’m the most clumsy and uncoordinated person I know, LOL.

    • Thanks Kassie, I know the way I write is a little different than other blogs… but I really started it as a diary to my kids.

      The hiking thing really freaked me out when I got there I had a different impression of what it would be like. I am not a fan of heights and drop offs!! Forget it if one of the donkey’s taking people on a hike passed me!!

  2. I would love to go to the Grand Canyon. It really snows there? I would love to kike part of it. My step father when on a 5 day hike in the Grand Canyon and he said it was beyond beautiful and full of risks.

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