Nothing can prepare you for the magnificence of the Grand Canyon. With every stride and bend in the trail you are in awe of the natural wonder of what has been created. On October 7th, 2014 a group of friends and I left the south rim of the Grand Canyon on an epic journey, one of which to raise awareness of Epilepsy, and the other, to test our personal strength and stamina.
Our alarms go off at 4:30 a.m. With a hot breakfast in our bellies and hiking boots on, nothing could hold us back. We all gather in the lobby of our hotel and I know it is going to be a great day when I hear my Canyon theme song playing, 'The Best Day of my Life'. With a big smile and a jig in the lobby, I look at Chelsea, "Are you ready?" I ask; she has an even bigger smile on her face. Grand Canyon, here we come!!
It is the most incredible fall day outside the Clarington Fire Hall for our 3rd Annual Fire Truck Pulling for Epilepsy event. There is a flood of purple surrounding a bright red fire truck. The premise is simple; which team of ten can pull this truck 100 feet the fastest.
First up, The CRCS-DKI Team. It is hard to ignore the youth and exuberance emanating from this team. From the moment the countdown finishes, until the truck crosses the finish line, feet are dug into the ground, hands are tightly gripping the rope, and encouraging yells are shouted, "Pull, keep pulling!" In less than 19 seconds, CRCS-DKI's team of ten have pulled a 20 ton fire truck 100 feet.
One week from today I will be standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon with 14 of my friends, old and new. We will take that first step into the Canyon together, becoming part of each other's histories. The Climb day seemed like it was so far off for so long, but now all of the sudden it is here.
As I sit here, thinking about what to write for my first ever Guest Blog, I am overwhelmed with many feelings: excitement that the trip is almost here, fear that the hike is a week away but most of all, I am full of gratitude. And I think maybe the best use for this blog is to share my gratitude with you all.
Today was our final 'Celebrity Walk' at the Abilities Centre before we leave for the Grand Canyon. Our team is excited with only 13 more big sleeps until the event.
I arrived at the track on a crisp cool morning eager to complete most of my 24,000 steps before our guests arrived.
When I first heard about the Epic Climb, there were so many thoughts running through my head about why I had to be a part of this adventure. Not only was this initiative going to raise epilepsy awareness to new heights, but it would also give me a chance to prove my own strengths and successes living with epilepsy, and cross 'visit the Grand Canyon' off of my bucket list –it appeared to be the perfect trifecta! There was only one thing I hadn't considered...my poor feet.