If you’re reading this, I made it to spring break… Day 1

Having discovered the “schedule” option for blog posts, I have the delight of updating you about my spring break even while I’m totally off the grid.

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View of Grand Canyon from above

Itinerary: Today we flew from CHI to ABQ. Our morning routine looked like this:

5:45 a.m.: wake up, shower, hope we remember to pack everything last night, toss chargers and toiletries in our bag.

6:15 a.m.: Pop the ham and swiss croissants we picked up fresh from our favorite bakery last night into the toaster oven and nuke our mugs of coffee (or have a quicker hit of caffeine with a double shot of espresso). This is our new standard breakfast for early morning flights and it is SO GOOD.

6:30 a.m.: Call a Lyft to the airport.

7:00 a.m.: Check our gigantic duffle of gear, go through security with our daypack carry-ons, snooze at the gate.

10:30 a.m.: We’ve landed in Albuquerque (and changed time zones); now we need to collect our duffle and pick up our rental car.

11:30 a.m.: ON THE ROAD AGAIN, en route to the Grand Canyon

2:30 p.m.: Stop for lunch and quick exploring at a Navajo trading post

3:00 p.m.: Resume Driving

6:00 p.m.: Arrive at Grand Canyon National Park, sit in traffic with our park pass in hand, think about how hungry we are.

6:30-7:00 p.m.: It’s getting dark and we need to find a place for our dispersed camping in Kaibab National forest. We will park, grab our packs, and hike out a mile or two into the woods until we find a place to set up camp.

7:45 p.m.: Once our tents are set-up we can heat water for a camp meal, if we didn’t stop on the road for dinner. We will probably pass out as soon as we eat, because tomorrow we will get up at 5 a.m. to pack our gear out and line up for a waitlist number for our backpacking permit.

8:30 p.m.: Normally  6:30 back home, but we are probably laying in our sleeping bags playing harmonica until we fall asleep!

Does this sound like total madness to you? I LOVE this kind of crazy adventure, and it is such a change of pace from a 9-5 teaching job.

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