October 16, 2011: A “Grand” First Year

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 16, 2011

One year ago today…

…was the best day of my life. :)

It’s hard to believe that today is our first anniversary. In many ways, October 16, 2010 feels like ages ago, but I can also remember every detail like it was yesterday. Bobby and I celebrated our anniversary weekend in “grand” Arizona style.

We arrived at the Grand Canyon on Friday night, just in time for the sunset.

Our first trip to this gorgeous national park was back in 2007, before I started ye olde blog. 😉 We found an amazing place to view the sunset back then and trekked there as fast as possible to catch it again.

Of course, on the way we had to snap a few photos!

It was a great way to start our anniversary trip. As we walked back to the car, we ran into a gorgeous herd of elk. I was in such a hurry that all the pictures turned out blurry, but fortunately, I managed to snag some video, too! Check it out below if you’re interested.

(Don’t mind my bumbling commentary.)

Once we made it back to our hotel, we grabbed a quick dinner and then broke out the top tier of our wedding cake, still in tact after twelve months and looking tasty!

Both Mama Bender and The Grand Hotel provided us with champagne, which was amazing! We decided to pop open Mama Bender’s champagne for the evening and save the other bottle for later.

We both agreed: the champagne was incredible, the cake was a lovely tradition. It was a bit on the mushy side, but still held its flavor and made for a good chance to reminisce over our wedding night!

Our alarm was set for 5:20 a.m. We wanted to make sure we were up in time to get to the Grand Canyon and start our hike as the sun was rising! The trail of choice was Bright Angel, which has a three-, six-, nine- and twelve-mile round trip option.

It’s a trail that zigs and zags all the way down to the bottom of the canyon, like so:

The temperatures were a bit chilly in the morning, but we were ready to go!

From there, it becomes impossible to choose just one photo to share with you.

The Grand Canyon is by far one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We couldn’t help but feel energized by all the nature around us, so much so that when we got to our 4.5-mile turnaround, we decided to go all the way to the six-mile, Plateau Point!

And so, off we went!

Eventually, we reached the point where the sun rays were shining.

And proceeded to take advantage of our shadows. 😉

With a little less than a mile to go, we were getting excited! Soon enough, the view of Plateau Point and the Colorado River was in sight — and it was breathtaking.

Six miles later, we reached the end of our trail and still had big smiles on our faces!

Of course, then I had to get another video! Except I called it “Phantom Point” instead of “Plateau.” 😉

We hung out on Plateau Point for a while, taking in the view of the river and refueling along the way.

Then it was time to make the journey home. What goes down must come up!

Once again, there are too many views to choose from. Click the thumbnails to make them bigger!

Let’s just say that the way up was a loooottt steeper than the way down! We challenged ourselves to keep our pace — 40 minutes per 1.5 miles — and found it to be quite difficult! As we approached the top, we looked out to see how far we’d come.

It’s hard to believe we were once at the end of that path!

When we reached the same hollowed out rock where we started, we knew the end was near.

Thumbs up for a successful 12-mile hike!

We reached the top at 12:23 p.m., approximately five hours and forty minutes since we began.

It was truly an anniversary adventure we will never forget, and a great way to celebrate year one!

Now that I’ve overloaded you with pictures, I promise the food will come in my next post. :) Until then, I just have one thing to say…

Happy First Anniversary, Bobby! I love you and if this year was any indication of what’s to come, I know we are in for a fun life together. :mrgreen:

Hope all of you had a “grand” weekend, as well!


1 Jess October 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Happy anniversary! gorgeous pictures. I love the grand canyon.

2 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Thank you!

3 Sweet and Savvy October 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

What a beautiful weekend! :) Happy Anniversary!

4 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thank you very much! :)

5 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Beautiful post! Happy anniversary! Looks like you had an amazing day! :)

6 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Thank you, Michelle!

7 Lauren October 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Congratulations to you both!!!

8 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I can’t believe it, either! Thank you! :)

9 Megan (Braise The Roof) October 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

What a great anniversary trip- I love that idea! Happy anniversary!

10 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Thanks, Megan!

11 Cara (Twinthusiast) October 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Congrats you two – looks like you had a blast! XO

12 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thanks, Cara! :)

13 broccolihut October 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Happy, happy anniversary! May you have many more :)

14 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thanks, Caroline!

15 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com October 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You were such a beautiful bride! Happy anniversary! And I love, love all your Grand Canyon pics. Gorgeous!

16 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

You are very sweet, Molly! Thank you so much! :)

17 Karla October 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

What a lovely post and celebration, Jenn! I adore the shadow kiss photo! Congrats on a great hike and an even better first year together 😉

18 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Karla! The shadow picture is my very favorite. :)

19 The Healthy Hostess October 17, 2011 at 3:54 am

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations! So happy for you two – hope you had a great day!!


20 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thank you so much!

21 withasideofhope October 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

Happy One Year Wedding Anniversary! :) I love the pictures.

22 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Hope!

23 Erica October 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

awwwwwwwwwwwwww! So sweet! What a great way to celebrate! Love love love the shadow kiss picture

24 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

It’s my favorite from that day! :) Thank you, Erica!

25 Natalie @Will Jog For Food October 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Happy anniversary!! What a great place to celebrate it!

26 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks, Natalie!

27 Melissa @ TryingToHeal October 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

yay! what a great trip! and happy anniversary!

28 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Gracias, chica! :)

29 Miz October 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

marrying was the best thing I ever did.


30 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I’m so with you on that, Carla! Thank you! :)

31 Kristie October 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Happy 1 year! :) What a fun trip to take (and made for cute puns!).

32 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

You knew I’d sneak a pun in somewhere! 😉 Thank you!

33 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Happy Anniversary! Gorgeous pictures!

34 Anneliesz October 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Time flies, right? Congrats on one year and hurrah to making it through the Canyon. :)

35 Janiek October 24, 2011 at 3:34 am

Oh I love that last picture <3

36 shannon October 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

happy anniversary!!! and that is one amazing way to celebrate :)

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