Hip hop hooray! Every year some 40,000 people apply for a backcountry permit to hike the Grand Canyon, but due to environmental impact only 16,000 permits are given each year, with applicants applying as early as 4 months ahead of time often only to be denied.
Somehow, after sending in our request only last week (and having an extremely flexible schedule), we received our permit in the mail today and our 4 of the lucky 16,000 this year! We will be hiking 10 miles into the canyon, camping at a nifty little spot, and then making our way back up the 10 grueling miles to the top again, just in time for the first Steelers game of the season (vs. fellow 2009 Super Bowlers, the Arizona Cardinals). I can’t wait!