We left Supai by hiking back out. There is a helicopter that flies in and out on a first-come, first-served basis, with tribal members getting priority, however, it doesn't fly on Tuesdays which is the day we were leaving, so hike out it was. This was the hike I was dreading... hiking up and out. It made me tired just to think about it. Little Helen kept trying to convince me that going up is easier but I just knew this would be really tough on me.
The biggest surprise? It only took us 4 hours to hike out! We were really hiking hard. (No wonder the darn switchbacks felt so exhausting.)
We finally found Kachina Lodge, where we would stay for the next 3 nights. While this lodge did not have any dining facilities, it was a simple walk to either El Tovar or Bright Angel (where we ended up eating most of our meals). We settled in, freshened up a bit, then went to get a bite to eat because yes, we were hungry again! As soon as we walked into Bright Angel, we saw a shop so we parked Mr. Helen in the bar for a cocktail and Little Helen and I looked around a bit before we joined him. We finally were seated and had a delicious meal.
It wasn't long before we were all yawning so after that we decided we should just retire early and get up the next morning ready to go!
Up next: Another hard hike or what have I gotten myself into?