Oh what a grand old day at the grand canyon!

Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Grannnnnd Canyon! 3rd State in 3 days! After a night of gambling till midnight-ish, we had to get upto go to the grand canyon by 8am which involved having some brekky before hand. I tried my first coffee (sort of) in America, and ever! At Starbucks. White
Chocolate Mocha. Drinkable, but not as good as a hot chocolate, mainly because
it had coffee in it and i still haven't become grown up enough to like coffee yet. But I’m getting there.

So we met the boys and got in their hire car and off we went to the Grand Canyon! First stop, Hoover Dam. Wowee it is magnificent. The flyover bridge is complete and it is definitely an engineering feat in Toms words. Such a huge bridge, very solid. The dam itself is even more amazing, and to see the water level mark around the whole of the lake was awesome, its very defined and the water used to be MUCH higher. I don’t think even the biggest flood will fill the lake enough to get water over the dam like it does at Cotter in times of big rain. But thats the whole purpose.

After walking around the dam we headed back to the car and kept on going. The
Grand Canyon west rim isn’t awesomely sign posted, so we had to turn the GPS on
to try and get us there. But the GPS failed in that it didn’t have the new
bridge on its map, so for a while we were cross country driving according to
the silly GPS. Then it tried to take us to somewhere totally random and if it
wasn’t for some google maps directions from the concierge at the Luxor we would
never have got there. It was a 3 hour drive, a lot of it on windy dirt road,
but we made it eventually, only to find out that that part of the canyon is
privately owned by the natives and that you have to buy an entrance package
before you can see the grand canyon, with the cheapest one being $45. Hmm more
expensive that we had thought, but oh well it was worth it. The views were
sensational. Its a lot narrower at this part of the rim than the south rim, 5
miles across in fact, whereas the south rim is 18 miles across, so the views
were a lot different to the views we’ve seen in mum and dads photos from when
they went. The west rim also has the skywalk, but its an extra 20 something
dollars, and not really worth the effort or money in the end since you cant
even take cameras on it to take a photo of whats below and you can see pretty
much the same view from a spot a little further along.

So we immediately went over to the edge of the canyon, Jason and me were standing right on the edge but Tom and Ash were pretty scared. Haha it was pretty funny. Amazing. Just amazing, the photos don’t even justify how awesome it is. We got on the little shuttle bus which then took is to Guano Point, which is another viewing area at the west rim with a little rocky mountain you can climb where you get awesome 360 degree views with canyon all around you. And an awesome view of the Colorado river
from here. We went to the ranch for lunch and ate some ribs with mashed potato and corn, it was DELICIOUS, and then jumped in the car and headed back to Vegas.

I got back to the hotel to hear from the family that I was going to be an aunty realll soon because Grant and Emma were at the hospital and the baby was on its way. EEEEEE so exciting :D i could hardly sleep that night. So flipping exciting.

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