Grand Canyon & More!

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Ramada Hotel

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, May 14, 2009

May 15, 2009:

You do not have to be a dendrologist to appreciate the beauty at Petrified Forest National Park. There are lots of petrified logs and woods that date back from hundred of years. It really is amazing because if you look closely at the log, you can see formations of crystals. The petrification process eventually makes the log into a crystallized stone.

But there are lots more to see on this self tour of the National Park. I think I came to realize that I cant do anything without a car in Arizona, it is more of a drive and stop to take in the breathe taking views, kind of state.
Anyway, so on our self guided tour, we got to see the Teepees. The teepees was formed from natural erosion of soft clay that creates what looks like Indian Teepee huts. We then ventured onto the Flat Mesa also known as the Flat Table because the soft hill formation was eroded at the top to look like a flat table. Passed by the Agate Bridge, which is a natural beauty in itself. The Agate Bridge was naturally formed through flood, mud and volcanic ashes that eventually crystallizes and hardens. This bridge is over 110 feet long that withheld hundred of years of erosion. It is still up today and I was grateful I was given the opportunity to see the Bridge before it falls apart. And Finally, our last destination of the day, the Painted Dessert. To tell you the truth, I was expecting to see an up close and personal view of the multi- colored landscape but I was only able to get a top view of the Painted Dessert. Still a beauty though!

On our way back to the hotel we managed to find a really amusing souvenir shop off the highway. I was attracted by the large teepee looking store with a huge dream catcher. I love dream catchers and just had to stop by. I come from the city so where ever I travel I am always cautious and paranoid. Plus, I think I watch too many horror movies because I thought this store was a tourist trap and something bad was going to happen. I mean it is off the highway and when we got there, we were the only customers. But I was wrong. This souvenir shop was so intriguing and the owner of the shop is super friendly! I ended up talking to her for an hour! They sell a lot of cultural Indian assortments that you cant get at other places.

May 16, 2009:

Here's the day you have all been waiting for! The Grand Canyon Part 1.
The Grand Canyon is unbelievable. It is the most natural and breathe taking view I have had in a long time. When you look out at the Canyons it feels as though you're in a different world where nothing matters and you can float on with your life. Its so amazing that I cant bear to explain it to you.

Anyway, so I made reservations and booked a sunset bus tour so most of the day was relaxing.
Got to enjoy the various views of the Grand Canyon and passed by the Watch Tower. The watch tower was built by a female architect named Mary Colter. I've learned a lot of history about the Indians that use to live in the area. The strangest part to me was the Kiva ceremonies. Kivas are large chambers that were built under Pueblo houses to hold religious rituals. These Kiva meetings were often small and only consisted of men. Go figure, no women allowed.

We ended the tour and the day with a spectacular sunset over the Grand Canyon. I wish it wasn't so cloudy because the pictures do not come out as great. But in person it was a lot more beautiful. I have never seen a sunset like this. Sitting by the edge of the cliff with our feet dangling. Looking down at the canyons and the Colorado River and having the perfect sun setting before our very eyes.

May 17, 2009:

Let the hike begin! That's right, we're hiking the Grand Canyon! It's over 100 degrees outside, I packed my lunch and brought lots of water with me. Sunscreen? Check. Hat? Check. Energy? Ready to go! I decided to hike the South Kebab Trail that promises breath taking views but lots of steep hills with minimal water source. That's ok- the view will be worth it.

I am scared of heights but like anything else it never stops me from doing what I want to do. The trail was amazing and the views change with every step you take. The only scary part is the fact that there are not hand rails or fences to prevent one from falling off the cliff. The pathway is very narrow, enough to fit only two people. A rule to follow- always stay to your right. But sometimes your right has no walls and if you look down... well it's steep and you cant survive if you fall. Just pray that no one pushes you while they try to make the way back.

After all that hiking we managed to hit Cedars Ridge Point. Stayed there for an hour to take in the view and to have some lunch before our hike back. I tell you, I did not want to leave this place. The Grand Canyon is amazing and I would definintly be going back. However, the next time I'm there, I will be camping and hiking the Phantom Trail. Death calls on the Phantom Trail hike but if you survive you come out a hero. Haha.
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