|Grand Canyon Overlook|
Things I learned while I was on my Grand Canyon trip.
Day 1. "Clean up your stuff before you go on to do something else!" My mom told me that when I was a kid and I am still paying the price for not learning that lesson. Piles of dishes still show up in my kitchen sink at home but when you are camping in the cold it is much harder to clean your dishes after they have frozen over night and that will piss you off because then its much harder to make coffee since you only have a few pots to start with unlike my collection at home so that I can go a week without cleaning.
|A well organized kitchen makes all the difference|
|Woody was skeg down all the way!|
Day 3. Brook Burke is the man! This dude had less than 10 days of whitewater kayaking under his belt when he started to paddle through the Grand Canyon. Throw in the fact that he got sick in the first few days and you have a double stud factor of 11.
|Brook feeling the power at House Rock!|
Day 5. There is soooo much room in the XP that I can't even tell you how easy it was to pack and actually pack too much stuff. I had socks, underwear, playing cards, harmonica, jacket, a jar of peanut butter, jelly, and a roll of bagels that I never used! It was really nice to know that I would have enough even if it got really cold. The key is to look for all the nooks and crannys between the bags and spaces that bags don't fit.
|Will it all fit?|
|I kind of do and kind of don't want to meet the cat that goes with those prints.|
Day 9. If you pull your bad ass outfitting off the back band and lay it down on the seat pad you won't have a frozen dew seat in your kayak in the morning.
|How long did it take to carve that creek?|
|A good tarp is as good as a tent except when it comes to mice and ringtail cats.|
Day 11. Neck warmers are the bomb when it comes to controlling your temperature or just keeping warm. My parents used to tell me that 92% of your body heat went out of your head. After this trip I think the other 40% leaves through your Carotid artery.