The Panorama Trail, Part II
So where did I leave off?
We had been hiking for about three hours when it came time for the uphill portion. I knew it was coming because on the bus, Manny told us that there would be about an hour of uphill climbing. At the time, I pushed that far out of my brain and only when I started to seriously sweat at mile three, did it return.
Let me pause here to tell you that the boyfriend deserves hiking award of the year for carrying our heavy backpack the entire way. I toted only the camel bak and the camera while he carried all the gear, which included camera lenses, food, water, hiking books, jackets, maps, journals, sunscreen, my iphone and a flashlight. I couldn’t imagine going uphill on those rocks with a crazy heavy bag. What a champ.
But yeah….climbing uphill was really hard. I was amazed at how many parents were hiking merrily along with babies strapped to their front, papoose-style. The sun was beating down and it was sort of like mile 54 of my Century
when I began to curse the land….and myself.
Alas, we finally made it to a water source and I wasted no time in chowing down.
Friends, when in doubt, bring peanut butter. I packed us four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the trip. I ate one and the boy ate two. I figured he needed more sustenance than me for carrying that heavy bag. Plus, I’m just a good girlfriend like that. We also ate apples, bananas and drank tons of water.
And then, in true trailblazer nature, we forged on. We both felt a little better with some peanut butter in our bellies and the scenery was just mind blowing.
I was so excited when we finally reached Nevada Falls, after hiking about 4 miles.
Really, I have no words. It was one of those moments where nature just moves you to the point of tears. No photo I can show you can properly illustrate the sheer raw power of the Falls. It was just unreal and unbelievable. Definitely one of my top five life moments, right there.
We sat up on the top for awhile, dangling our feet below. We both agreed that the tortuous uphill portion of the hike was 200% worth it just for that moment alone.
Until the boy’s iphone started to slide down the rock at a rapid pace.