A few times a year I travel for my job. In October 2006 I ended up in Las Vegas, for a conference/exhibition. Because it is a rather long trip from Belgium, I took a few days vacation to go to the Grandy Canyon, which is only a half day drive from Las Vegas.

The evening that I arrived at the Canyon, I found it a bit a disappointment… The issue is that the Canyon is so huge, that you can’t grab its full greatness when you’re on the ridge. The following two days, I went down the Canyon, and then it became really impressive… I made two day trips, which means that I only got halfway down… To reach the river, you need to do a two day hike: go down to the river on day 1, spend the night there, and go back up on day 2. And, if you ever want to do that: take water with you, plenty of water… Each year a few people die because they don’t have sufficient water with them. On one of the paths (the most popular one) you have a water point about every hour, but on other paths there are only water points at the start and at the end… During one of my hikes, I had a chat with a guy who had spend the night down the Canyon and he was going back up at that moment, but he only had about 1.5 liter with him, he was exhausted…

Eddy

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