Grand Canyon website: “250 people are rescued from the canyon each year.”
I’d like to thank you all for being here. We are laughed at, we’re scorned, mocked … sometimes by the very people sent out to rescue us. But we are not – I repeat, not – quitters! And so, as I stand before this huge, immense, intimidating wonder-of-the-world, as I begin yet another precarious plunge, I do so knowing that I am not alone. Indeed, I don’t think I would attempt this, year after year, without you, my 249 closest friends.
I know we had a rough 2015, and 2014 wasn’t very good, let alone 2013 and 2012…
But this year, we will not – I repeat, NOT – need to be rescued! I know it’s getting dark, but let’s get going. Anyone remember water, this time? … Oh well, no worries, I’m sure we’ll find some, along the way.