In this new digital age we are over-connected and over-stimulated. Add to that when you are an entrepreneur with your own business, you are always expected to be ON. There is always work to do, and to be honest, when you are passionate about something it is easy to get caught up in it. That’s why finally Jarret said it was time to take the first vacation in 4 years that was not attached to SIGnature. Being knee deep in the clothing industry, had forced him to give the standard, “I’m busy with business” answer to any trip propositions. It became a little embarrassing always having to say, “no” time and time again./span>
Finally, it was overdue to take a little break, disconnect and enjoy himself. After a year on the wait list, Jarret and Co. were about to embark on a 12-mile Grand Canyon hike in Supai, Arizona. Over the course of 3 days, they hiked with
35 lbs. strapped to their backs, had no cell phone service and remembered what it was like to push your physical limits to the max.
The trip commenced with a 2-mile decline down the canyon walls at 7am.
Arriving at the village a little before noon allowed them to sit down and enjoy the remainder of Sunday morning. Drinking coffee in a comfortable chair, soaking up the sunshine on a clear day at the bottom of the Grand Canyon was the perfect start.
Afterwards, the crew found the best spot possible and set up camp. Surrounded on either side by 2 bodies of water blue as the sky, they relished in enjoying nature. At the camp, they survived off of MRE’S which are basically dehydrated food packs. In a hot/cold bag you heat up 2 cups of boiling hot water pour into the bag let sit for 15 mins. Then bam you have a meal! Jarret explained, “It might sound a little sketchy, but trust they are really good!” His favorite were the chicken dumplings.
On the second day of the hike, they read a sign that said, “No diving or cliff jumping.” A few more steps closer to the edge revealed they were at the top of a 200-foot waterfall. After tripping out for a few minutes, they noticed other hikers at the base of the waterfall and decided they had to it. Holding on to slippery chains and soaked wooden planks nailed in the side of the canyon they descended it, “feeling like a navy seal from a Mark Wahlberg movie.”
The last day the crew went hard with a 12-mile hike to finish off the excursion. The first 9 miles were pretty much a piece a cake with little to know incline. But, the Grand Canyon had jokes. Just to push them one last time, the last few miles ended up being so intense that it led them to feel like they were walking up the side of a building. Pushing through their last bit of juice the trip was complete!
Jarret gives shout outs to Stormy and Jesus for, “getting me out there” and to Vince, Nydia and Johnny because, “We punked that trail!” And, they learned the importance of going on an adventure every once in a while. One with no service and no business, just friends.