Transcription update- 255 entries, 165.5 pages. Just made it to Jerome, Arizona. Can’t wait to tell you about that incredible little town. But now, the first hike, part two.
06-14-18- Entry 163- Indian Garden
Just got to…just a sec…Indian Garden. Took me about an hour to get from Pipe Creek to Indian Garden. 2.6 miles. Got four and a half miles to go…uh…3000 foot climb. So, it’s about 100 degrees…and I’m gonna fill up the camelback and take a little break and start the last leg…
06-14-18- Entry 164- Indian Garden
Found a nice shade tree by the waterin’ fountain… Squirrels are fat around here. Too many people feedin’ ’em, I believe… But, uh, couple more hours ahead of me, I’d imagine.
06-14-18- Entry 165- Leaving Indian Garden
Last third… So, four and a half from South Kaibab to Tipoff, 4.6 from Tipoff over Tonto to Indian Garden, and 4.5 from Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead.
So far the…grade isn’t too bad…Kaibab seemed a lot steeper… I’m really glad I went this way…laugh…It’d be a false sense of security if I went the other way.
Four and a half. Figure I got at least…another…I’m gonna call it two hours… Lovin’ every minute of it…
06-14-18- Entry 167- Between Indian Garden and 3 Mile Resthouse
Literally evaporating into thin air… Went through my camelback, plus a bunch of my canteen…just between…Kaibab and Indian Garden. I feel like I’m gonna go through…about a bag…just between Indian Garden…and Bright Angel…
Tryin’ to reach the…3 Mile Resthouse… I’m feeling the last two…are gonna suck, but…can’t wait to do it…
06-14-18- Entry 168- 3 Mile Resthouse
Yeah, strugglin’, yeah… Just (inaudible) at the 3 Mile House, which means I have three miles…to go… Last mile and a half took me an hour and ten minutes…
06-14-18- Entry 169- Leaving 3 Mile Resthouse
It is…1:40 on my watch.
06-14-18- Entry 170- Between 3 Mile Resthouse and 1 1/2 Mile Resthouse
Just so gorgeous. It’s the Grand fuckin’ Canyon. The Supordinary Canyon. (wind blowing) That, that is the sound of cool freshness. Ooh, did ya hear that? That’s the sound of…relief…little thunder in the distance.
…sigh…I bit off just…as much as I can chew, but I’m gonna take my time chewin’ it.
06-14-18- Entry 171- 1 1/2 Mile Resthouse
So, another hour and ten minute mile and a half…
06-14-18- Entry 172- Lower Tunnel
Lower tunnel…I guess which is…supposed to be a mile from…last…rest stop… I made it in…sigh…about 40 minutes… Nope, sorry…half a mile. So, I did a half a mile in 40 minutes. Now we got a mile to go…until the trailhead.
Goin’ on…8 hours, so…whatever, whenever I get there is when I get there.
06-14-18- Entry 174- Bright Angel Trailhead
I did it. I made it. It’s about a quarter after four (my time), so…what is that? Eight and a quarter hours. Took me just under four hours to get through…from Indian Garden to…Ah, the sounds of civilization. Indian Garden to Bright Angel trailhead was four hours to go four and a half miles.
But I did it. Now I’m walking I don’t know where… What an incredible experience. So happy I did it.
06-14-18- Entry 175- Between the Village and the Visitor Center
It’s 4:38 right now, my time…sigh… Walkin’ from…the Village…the trailhead, Bright Angel…to the Visitor Center, and I don’t know how long that is. I’ll have to…map it out, but I am a trail zombie right now. “On a trail, head full a zum-bay!” (I’ll give two thumbs up and a super-like to the first person who can name that tune.)
06-14-18- Entry 176- Grand Canyon Visitor Center
You know how you feel like you’re about to die, but you’ve never felt more alive? It’s about 5:30 my time… Finally got back to my car…and, uh, oh my god…so, once I can formulate a coherent thought…I will continue.
And we shall continue! Next stop, Route 66! Thanks for helping me through that ordeal. It was magical.
Until next time, don’t bother me. I’m recovering from a hike with my old friend…
Kirk E. Hammond loves science fiction, cats, baseball, and words like emulsified, rapscallion, and nincompoop.
Growing up in the ‘80s, he was scarred by badass sci fi movies; Re-Animator, The Evil Dead, The Thing, Robocop, Aliens, Mad Max2: The Road Warrior, and The Return of the Living Dead, just to name a few. The more gore and camp, the better.
Authors he wishes he could hold a candle to include David Wong (Jason Pargin), Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Wendig, Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Philip K. Dick, Christopher Moore, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He likes to think what he writes is funny, but I’d put his ability to write comedy right down there with Ayn Rand and Christopher Nolan.
He’s a naughty boy who needs to be punished. Every twelve years, he changes careers; from biotech dish-pig, to high school science tyrant, to creator, publisher, and purveyor of lies. The main reason he writes is to give his friends (all imaginary) something to do.
And his writing has no deeper meaning. It’s just action, and gore, and drugs, and magnificent scenery, and witty, snarky banter. In fact, he told me, “There’s nothing more depressing than a moral.”
He was born, raised, and lives in Colorado. He does not ski and smokes pot for research purposes only.
The universe planted many ideas in my mind. I pass them off as my own, but know they're stolen. My ideas gain traction, grow, and consume me. I become my ideas. The universe implants the idea of me in my brain. I am stolen.