Clint and I traveled to southern Utah to do a 3 day trail running festival. Since we were only about an hour or so from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the day before the trail festival when we should have been resting our legs we decided to go and explore. It was a somewhat cloudy and overcast day but that didn’t stop us. I think one does not realize how big the Grand Canyon is until one is standing on the rim or even hiking down below the rim. We chose to do the North Kaibab Trail which travels all the way down to the bottom and the Colorado River and then connects either with the South Kaibab Trail or the Bright Angel Trail to hike out of the canyon on the other side. I knew we weren’t going to go all the way down to the Colorado River because that would mean we would have to go all 5000 ft back up and out, but we wanted to at least travel down a ways into the canyon. As it was we ended up hiking 3 miles down but actually dropped a little over 2000 feet down in elevation. The trail and views even with the clouds and haze were still amazing. We ended up hiking all the way to the Redwall Bridge and then began our climb back out of the canyon. It was steep but still amazing. After making our way out we drove a bit to the Visitor Center and walked the rim to some of the outlooks. I hope to go in the next year or two with the kids all the way down to the river and camp and then work our way back out over a few days. The Grand Canyon truly is amazing and breathtaking.