Well hello there, it’s been nearly 3 years since my last post on the Life Bus! Mostly because all four tires on the bus were completely flattened to the rims…..not to get into too much detail, but a divorce and an unfortunate follow-on relationship caused the carnage. Some of the darkest days of my life occurred in that 3 year period – coulda filled a bathtub with all the tears. There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed. I wanted to run away, join the Peace Corps and live in some obscure 3rd world country just so I could try and forget the pain.
What’s that quote? “When One door closes another opens, but no-one ever tells you how long the hallway is.” So true. Good news is, I have emerged from the sad darkness and am on my way to a new chapter in life – feels pretty damn cool, though there are still those occasional days when I want to throw my hands in the air and surrender – especially when work blows.
In the midst of all the relationship drama, I turned 50 – life has a way of kicking a girl when she’s down!
In celebration of this new chapter and my rapidly aging self, I decided to do something physical, maybe lose a few lbs., take some cool photos, meet some interesting people. So, I picked a backpacking trip with REI Adventures. If you have read previous posts, you know I dig them. Great trips, great people. This particular trip is a 3 night, 4 day (30 mile) backpacking trip at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon – the Grandview/Hance Trail route.
It was fabulous for so many reasons, but mostly cuz the guides were great (cute, smart, fun, interesting and worldly), the scenery was to die for, and my trip mates were incredibly smart and made me laugh on a daily basis. I wish I would have been in better shape – we carried 35 lb. packs – but I wasn’t – so….it was a solid 10 on physical challenge for me. My legs burned so bad after the first day, I literally had to lift my legs with my hands to cross them. Wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish and envisioned the humiliation of a helicopter rescue. “I want to be THAT girl” – said no-one ever.
If you decide to do a trip like this, just know, its a physical butt kicker, you have to bury your own poop, you may emerge with some black toenails, a few blisters….but the memories of the Canyon will stick with you forever. The ~5,000 feet of decent to the Colorado River and the 5,000 foot slog back up to the rim of the Canyon can be a life changing experience if you are in the right frame of mind.
It snowed on us at the rim, rained for 6 hours straight on the day we made it to the river, but we also had a tremendous amount of sunshine. To be honest, the memories of the bad weather are faint…perhaps it’s what keeps us going back for more.
I would say, for all the adventures on the Life Bus, this is in the top 10. Could be because it represents a total reset of life for me…..feels good to have the tires inflated….feels good to be back on the Bus.
If you are looking for something to help kickstart a positive change in your life, I highly recommend this trip!
Cheers to new beginnings and a ridiculous amount of new adventures.
Viva la Life Bus!!