Gawping at the Grand Canyon
Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
96Trip End Apr 16, 2011
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The first stop was a brief visit to the town of Sedona and our first taste of the dramatic Arizona red rock formations. We went out on a sunset jeep tour bumping down very narrow rocky lanes and sometimes literally over and down rock faces to see the surrounding area which was beautiful and utterly different to anywhere else we had been on the trip - which is quite a feat really after 15 months in five continents
We were all excited to see the Grand Canyon but the moment that we were finally there standing there on rim staring out felt very odd. Because the plateau of the south side it is completely flat, you get no warning whatsoever of the incredible view you are about to witness as you drive up or even as you walk up to the edge from a few metres away. We took the last 2 or 3 steps towards the edge still seeing nothing and then suddenly it is there. And it is awesome. After seeing so many pictures of the canyon in books, postcards and on TV it almost felt like standing in front of a giant picture. This effect was amplified by the fact that it was a clear and crisp day with blue sky and visibility of over 50 miles. Frankly, just wow.
After what has to go down on the list as one of the most scenic picnics so far, perched on a rock overlooking the canyon, we set out along the rim of the canyon on our hike
Finally, we decided that we had had enough walking for the day in the heat and found a nice spot to watch sunset; at Gordon’s insistence we hopped over a barrier and found ourselves a private spot hidden by a rock from the other tourists, to enjoy the quiet and tranquillity of the sunset (in between taking a couple of photos that is).
By the time we’d seen the sunset and waited for the shuttle bus back to the car park it seemed like a very long trip and it was pitch black by the time we made it back to the Tank, who was sat in what had been a full car park on her own. This is where she had her first hissy fit. Turning the ignition we soon found that the battery was dead; completely and utterly dead
The next day we drove out of the Grand Canyon park all the way across the East Rim Road of the canyon. We stopped, of course, for more precarious rock shots perched over the canyon but eventually the road turned away from the canyon and we bid it adieu to head out into the deserts and towards our next destination, the Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Nation area of Arizona.