#5 - Fall is a beautiful time of year to hike the Grand Canyon.
#4 - You develop a special kinship with your hiking partners. You're in it together; you have to get out together.
#3 - Going down is NOT easier than coming up!
#2 - The Canyon is demanding and unrelenting (we did a 4,000 ft elevation change from top to bottom), but the human body is surprisingly resilient. Your legs just keep going.
#1 - The Grand Canyon is so vast, so rugged, and so incredibly raw in it's beauty that there is no way you can take it all in over a single weekend trip. You will want to go back.
(I have lots more pictures to share. In the meantime, check out my brother-in-law's blog about our hike. He does a great job capturing the beauty of this place.)