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GRAND CANYON (NORTH RIM) Cape Final Trail ***** This trail is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and leads through the forest, beginning at the Cape Final Parking Area. Compared to the Widforss Path of Pain it really does appear quite pleasant, although there are a few slightly challenging uphill sections.  Still it can be considered a relatively easy hike that will probably take you about 2-2.5 hrs to complete. And if you start to complain all I can say is that if a pregnant lady can do it, so can you. I’ve seen her with my own eyes and she looked pretty round, ready to have that baby any day now, so that’s your role model right there. Also on this trail you experience the woods pulsating with life as little furry friends will scurry across your way. We even had the rare honor of spotting not one, but two Kaibab squirrels. The North Rim is the only place where you can run into them in their natural habitat, so it’s kind of a big deal. They are so cute and funny with their bushy white tails that they will bring a smile even to the grumpiest of faces. A certain very dear to me person maintains that they are called that, because they make for particularly exquisite shish kebab ingredient. Well, this is one of those cases when a girl just sighs and reminds herself that nobody is perfect… The Cape Final Overlook definitely belonged to the highlights of our trip, but it can also be a bit terrifying. If you suffer from fear of heights, then you will probably not enjoy the sensational view of the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert as much as some other people. The problem lies in the fact that this overlook does not feature any rails or other safety measures. At one point (there are several openings with canyon vistas) there’s nothing but this sticking out, narrow rock platform with abyss all around it. If you fall down there is absolutely nothing to stop you, you will just go all the way down to the bottom. Needless to say I was freaking out a bit and got dizzy just watching some of the other hikers (brave or crazy, still can’t make up my mind), carelessly balancing at the very edge to get the perfect shot. It took all my self- determination not to run up to them and start pulling them away from the rim by the shirt.  Don’t get me wrong: I am very good with heights as long as there is something to prevent me from experiencing them first hand (meaning counting the seconds I’m airborne before the big plonk), but in this case I say no, thank you, I will stand 4 or 5 feet away from eternity at any given time. Because this trail does not pose as many challenges as some of the others, it can get fairly busy. And even though it will probably never compare to walking the streets in the center of a crowded city, you can expect some serious traffic and very few opportunities for solitude, be it more of the romantic or the “nature calls” variety. There are no restrooms anywhere on site, so be sure you’re good to go before embarking on this particular adventure.

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GRAND CANYON (NORTH RIM) Cape Final Trail ***** This trail is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and leads through the forest, beginning at the Cape Final Parking Area. Compared to the Widforss Path of Pain it really does appear quite pleasant, although there are a few slightly challenging uphill sections.  Still it can be considered a relatively easy hike that will probably take you about 2-2.5 hrs to complete. And if you start to complain all I can say is that if a pregnant lady can do it, so can you. I’ve seen her with my own eyes and she looked pretty round, ready to have that baby any day now, so that’s your role model right there. Also on this trail you experience the woods pulsating with life as little furry friends will scurry across your way. We even had the rare honor of spotting not one, but two Kaibab squirrels. The North Rim is the only place where you can run into them in their natural habitat, so it’s kind of a big deal. They are so cute and funny with their bushy white tails that they will bring a smile even to the grumpiest of faces. A certain very dear to me person maintains that they are called that, because they make for particularly exquisite shish kebab ingredient. Well, this is one of those cases when a girl just sighs and reminds herself that nobody is perfect… The Cape Final Overlook definitely belonged to the highlights of our trip, but it can also be a bit terrifying. If you suffer from fear of heights, then you will probably not enjoy the sensational view of the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert as much as some other people. The problem lies in the fact that this overlook does not feature any rails or other safety measures. At one point (there are several openings with canyon vistas) there’s nothing but this sticking out, narrow rock platform with abyss all around it. If you fall down there is absolutely nothing to stop you, you will just go all the way down to the bottom. Needless to say I was freaking out a bit and got dizzy just watching some of the other hikers (brave or crazy, still can’t make up my mind), carelessly balancing at the very edge to get the perfect shot. It took all my self-determination not to run up to them and start pulling them away from the rim by the shirt.  Don’t get me wrong: I am very good with heights as long as there is something to prevent me from experiencing them first hand (meaning counting the seconds I’m airborne before the big plonk), but in this case I say no, thank you, I will stand 4 or 5 feet away from eternity at any given time. Because this trail does not pose as many challenges as some of the others, it can get fairly busy. And even though it will probably never compare to walking the streets in the center of a crowded city, you can expect some serious traffic and very few opportunities for solitude, be it more of the romantic or the “nature calls” variety. There are no restrooms anywhere on site, so be sure you’re good to go before embarking on this particular adventure.
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