Saturday

Grand Canyon and Craziness


For my birthday we took a trip to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Las Vegas. We had only planned to see the Grand Canyon, but DH surprised me with a few more days of fun. (click on any picture for a larger view)

The picture below --the crack in the center is the Colorado River.

This is the second time I've been to the Grand Canyon and I will admit that prior to seeing it I just thought it was a big hole in the ground. Even with this second visit I was overwhelmed by its beauty and just how small we are in comparison.

You look at all of those different layers of rock, building one on top of the other and also realize how short 100 years really is. The sound, or lack of, is just as mesmerizing as what surrounds you. If you've been to Grand Canyon, what did you think as you looked at its beauty?

There is such a dichotomy on your way to the canyon...from the Wild West to Prehistoric time...

The Entrance to the Grand Canyon at the South Rim



This is the El Tovar Hotel sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was built in 1905 --if you plan to stay here, make sure you make reservations well in advance!
See the trail below, it is called Bright Angel Trail and is about 1 mile down. You can either hike or take mules. One of my goals in life has been to hike that trail. And, if I ever do, it will be on my own two feet, rather then a mule!


We were there on a weekday so there were fewer tourists then on a weekend, but every time I turned around another language was being spoken. One of the tourists, who I believe was German, decided to climb down on a precipice. The climb down was quite far and not easy to traverse. I held my breath as I watched him and thought he was absolutely nuts for putting himself in this danger. Every so often on the local news we hear of people falling to their death when going off trail. The lady in the picture was with him and taking pictures of his adventure. I'm not afraid of heights, but couldn't bring myself to stand even that close to the edge. I imagine he is cataloging his travels by taking pictures of himself with the bunny that is in his hand. If anyone else has seen this guy in his travels let me know....


I will share the photo's of Zion National Park in my next post about our travels.

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Autumn2May said...

Very cool! My cousin went there last year on her honeymoon, she said it was beautiful!

Jennie :)

hoganfe said...

Wow what a great Bday present! Glad you didn't go to the edge yikes!

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Edna / HandmadeDiva said...

Wow!! These are gorgeous and scenic photos. I'm glad that you had a good time there.

springcolors said...

wow. what an amazing pictures

Diane said...

I have good memories of the grand canyon. I camped there with two friends squeezed into a pup tent when I was a teenager. The canyon was breathtaking!

Dotty Jane said...

I haven't been to the southwest at all, but it's on the list. What a nice gift! Great pictures, too.

niftyknits said...

When I see pictures like yours it reminds me of just how BIG it all is. I blogged a while back about some cliffs in the Isle of Wight - they'd fit into one tiny corner of where you've been. Amazing. How wonderful it would be to go there without any other tourists.

Wild Woman Jewelry said...

wow! those photos are amazing! we will be visiting Vegas in December and you've inspired me to look into a stop at the grand canyon! what a sight to behold!

Nat said...

I've never been there but the photos of the Grand Canyon are very impressive! It's so huge and humans look definitely like ants... and not giants at all !!!
I would love to go and visit this place... Thinking of Pixar and Cars :)

Anna said...

Beautiful! I wanna go!

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Sherry said...

Sounds like the perfect birthday trip, Rose. I haven't been there since I was a girl. I think I'm going to fish out my pictures.

BlackStar said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never been, but my husband went on a rafting trip with a friend a few years ago.
I know what you mean about standing close to the edge. My stomach flips and I'm not afraid of heights either.
Happy B'day!

mermaiden said...

oh, happy birthday! what a wonderful treat for such an adventurer.
the thought of going anywhere near the edge makes me a little queasy. gorgeous pics.

Pink Pig said...

Wonderful! Happy Happy Birthday.

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