Grand Canyon - Awesome.
Trip Start Apr 01, 1990
88Trip End Aug 21, 2002
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We were up early the next day to begin our GC experience, and in our excitement Avan looked the wrong way (happens when you are driving on the wrong side) before pulling out into the oncoming traffic. Luckily the driver of the closest oncoming vehicle was more alert and in a cloud of braking produced smoke managed to avert a serious accident.
Somewhat shaken and sheepish we headed into the park and parked at the visitors centre
At the top again we discovered that a free shuttle transported tourists to the various West Rim lookouts and one did not need a booking so off we set. Other than the enormity and beauty of the canyon itself we were also intrigued by the greenness (we had both imagined a total desert setting) and wildlife and this was summer. The area is covered in a majestic pine forest and we saw plenty of squirrel, deer and bird life. The other thing that surprised us was how cosmopolitan our fellow tourists were, I believe we must have heard every language on earth, this place must be on everyone's 'must do before I die list'.
Back at the car now about 2pm we decided to leave the park and have lunch on the way where it would be cheaper. As we were leaving the park we spotted a ranger berating some people with his loud hailer who were feeding a stag, under a 'do not feed the animals' sign
Then it was onto a preserved section of the infamous 'Route 66' from Selignian to Kingman. Route 66 was very much a change from America's amazing highway, more like an Australian highway one lane each way!. Then it was onto route 93 all the way to Vegas.
Footnote: The Grand Canyon is noted as one of The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is UNESCO World Heritage listed and featured in the book Unforgettable Places to See before you die.