I had seen pictures of it before and thought I knew what I was in for but when I walked up to the rim of the canyon my breath was stolen from me. Never had I experienced this involuntary escape of breath before. That day standing on the South Rim of The Grand Canyon I experienced something that has resonated deep within my soul.
My husband and I were on a month long road trip camping and hiking across the western part of the country. It was a long day of travel and we finally made it to the canyon. We had enough time to hike for about an hour but had to turn around to make it out on time to travel on down the road. That day I learned that many people make the trek across the canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim. I had a lot of time to think on this road trip of ours and I thought maybe I could get a group together to hike the canyon. I had just completed a relay for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital where 30 of us ran from Memphis, TN to Mobile, AL, all the while raising money for the hospital. Each runner had a goal of raising $2,000. I decided that maybe I could organize a hike that could have this same kind of concept. I presented this idea to my friend Heidi Pritchett and she was on board right away. We knew we wanted to hike the canyon and hike for a cause but that’s as far as we got until we decided to go to a String Cheese show in Nashville. We made donations to the canned food drive that was hosted by Conscious Alliance and learned more about this worthy organization. Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit focused on hunger relief and youth empowerment. We decided that night after the show that we were going to raise money for hunger relief and have our proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance. We decided to call our hike The Good Hike. We planned for months and even hiked the trail together in advance to make sure we would be able to lead a group. In August 2012 five of us hiked the 26 miles across the canyon and raised $10,000 for hunger relief. What an accomplishment! We had an idea, saw it through, and accomplished something beautiful. Heidi and I are a go-getting, energetic, and fun loving duo. Where I fall short in something she picks up the slack and vise-versa. We have an obvious love for anything outdoors and have been sharing this love with others for years now. Our soles come to you with many miles of experience. My love for the outdoors came into fruition in 1999 when I was 19 and worked for the summer in Nantahala, North Carolina. That summer I played outside as much as possible and have found myself trying to do the same ever since.
Written by Kara Sebastian Breitung
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