Last weekend, we drove to the Grand Canyon and decided to hike down the canyon to the river below. We thought it would be justa few miles, but it turned out to be much ______ than we expected. Unfortunately, we only took two bottles of water. Fortunately, there was a canteen ______ down the trail.
After two and a half hours we reached the river. The canyon was gorgeous with sparkling blue water and reddish cliffs. ______ , there was thick, green grass and wildlife by the river. We cooled ourselves in the cold, rapidly moving water and then put on our shoes to head back up. As we looked up, we realized the top was much ______ than we realized. The descent (going down) was easy. The ascent (going up) would be much harder. ______ , we had taken no food with us and we were already starving.
We headed up the trail and soon ran out of energy. We willed one foot to go in front of the other. After a while, we reached the canteen where we bought lots of snacks for energy. We also received encouragement to______ our successful climb to the top of the rim. Just as the sun was setting, we reached the top of the canyon rim. We talked ______ about our stupidity of having taken so little water and food with us. As we looked around, we saw several signs warning hikers not to descend into the canyon unless well equipped. "Do not go any ______ unless you have…." How did we miss seeing those signs? We took no ______ hikes that weekend. We drove home a lot wiser than before.
After I returned home , I did some ____ reading. Apparently, a few people have died doing what we did! We were fortunate.