I can’t believe it has been 14 whole months since we left Arizona. Our corporate rotation was a whirlwind to say the least, and it just dawned on me that I haven’t even shared any photographs from our awe-inspirig trip to Grand Canyon National Park.
When we first visited the park while living in Arizona, we drove around with Malcolm (our Westie) on the Desert View Drive scenic route and made a ton of stops to check out the sites. This was a quick way to take everything in, and since it was so hot on that day, it was nice to hop back into the air conditioned vehicle. We also talked to visitors from at least five different countries and they all had the same sentiment — wow, a place like this actually exists.
Not only is the depth somewhat terrifying (we seriously saw a guy hiking on top of a rock in the middle of nowhere and he could have easily fallen to his death), but there’s an unusual mix of colors in the rocks. It’s similar to the red rocks in Sedona but a deeper color that’s just gorgeous.
We visited a second time when a friend was in town from Washington, DC. This time we left our vehicle at one of the visitor’s centers and hiked the entire day. I kept telling the guys that we were going too far because the hike up would be absolutely miserable in the heat but they didn’t listen to me. Needless to say, they were both struggling later on. Just keep that in mind for your trip to the Grand Canyon. The way down is a breeze because, well, you’re going down into the canyon. On the way back up you’ll be sweating, hopping over big rocks, and dodging tired mules.
Although we spent all of our time on the South Rim, I’d love to visit the North side at some point and experience the Grand Canyon Skywalk. But that seems really frightening for someone afraid of heights like me.
Have you ever been to Grand Canyon National Park?
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