Hiking through Grand Canyon Thunderstorms

Samantha C. Lv. 3 follow
Aug 28, 2018 ·  United States

I’ve hiked down in the Grand Canyon twice already so when I took my friends there during another amazing USA Roadtrip, I blindfolded them, lead them to the edge so I could watch them cast their eyes onto the breath-taking views with build-up anticipation! They were completely dumbfounded. If you’ve ever been to the GC, you will understand that blown-away feeling of seeing something so beautiful…

As we started to hike, little did we know that the God of Storm had some serious plans up his sleeve. The weather on the way down was perfect for hiking – dry, sunny and not too hot with the occasional breeze. However as we reached our destination, it started to turn very dark and our hair started to stand on edge which meant strong electricity in the air. Right on cue, thunder crashed and the lightening bolts lit up the sky so we sought shelter under a rock whilst we revelled in the bolts leaping across the canyon. It was pretty darn cool even though we were alone and at risk of getting killed by these pretty bolts… The hike back up was done with a purpose. The storms continued on but unfortunately so did time so we had to take the risk and start hiking back up the canyon. The hike back up was gruelling and painful. And with lightening bolts bouncing all around us, it felt like we were walking through a minefield. One wrong turn or step could have serious consequences. After 12 hours of hiking, we finally made it to the top and collapsed on the grass unable to move out of exhaustion and fear!