Grand Canyon really is grand

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our sleep in the cute lil cabin was really good and so nice to wake up to horses trotting passed and neighing!! So cute! I do love the horsies! Haha

After leaving the cabin we went to fill up with petrol so we were prepared for canyon land (incase there were no petrol stations), and grab some breakfast from the little supermarket at Goulding's Lodge. We drove to a view point and munched on our was really lovely to sit and stare in awe of the beautiful scene in front of us! Just so fascinating....unfortunately it was a little cloudy but monument valley still looked spectacular!

As we left Monument Valley we could see it getting smaller in our wing mirrors! It was sad to say goodbye but we’ll definitely be back some day! As we drove across the state border into Arizona the wild horses were everywhere! Obviously I was loving it! There was one point in which a group of horsies were running alongside the car! It was amazing! Like something out of a movie...i tried to film it but failed...instead I got some piccys but they don’t look very good and can’t really capture the moment.

We stopped in a place called Tuba City for lunch. The restaurant we went to was a bit of a joke....the food was alright but we sat around for AGES for them to bring us the bill so I asked one woman who said yeah sure and then never came back with the bill!!! Ahh...also I need to stop eating spicy food (Mexican food) because I’ve burnt my lips/they’re really dry so spicy food just kills me! Im literally having to smother my lips with Vaseline every possible chance! (I don’t care if you say its like cocaine Pedram - it’s necessary.)

After lunch we went to the Native Trading Post next door to see if there were any nice things to buy...ofcourse we encountered some "authentic" Native things (Made in China) but we did come across some cute bracelets, that were genuine. A little card explained that they were given out to protect the wearer from evil spirits. Jess’s fell off (lost hers) within the first hour or two and i’ve managed to loose mine in our hotel room somewhere (defs gonna look for that when i finish writing! – until then neither Jess or I are protected from evil spirits so touch wood we’ll be ok lol)

Before entering the Grand Canyon National Park we stopped at a little view point that looked over the Little Colorado River Canyon which was really cute, impressive, and gave us a taster as to what was ahead of us.

We got to the South Rim entrance gate and had to pay $25 for the car – which was really nothing considering that got us entry into the North Rim park aswell for a whole week. Shame we aren’t here longer to put it to use...

We stopped at the first lookout point which we had a short walk to...the views were amazing and you could see the Colorado River rapids below...just amazing! The walk back to the car was slightly uphill and as Jess and I had literally spent most of the time in the car driving around the last couple of weeks, by the time we got to the car we somewhat short of breath...really bad! Haha

We continued to drive along the route and tried to get into a few other lookout spots but they were sooooo busy and there was no where to park so we just continued driving and stopped at a few places along the way. We managed to stop at one roadside lookout which you could stand on this rock and it looked like you were on the edge of the canyon. As I approached it Jess got nervous and this couple near by even got worried and told us not to get too close to the edge but it was fine because there was a little platform below! The couple were really cute and took a picky of Jess and I which was really nice of them. Just before we drove off we could see them taking pictures and the husband grabbing onto his wifes jeans so she didn’t fall of the cliff – even though they were no where near the edge. Just too cute!

In the park we were told to watch out for the wildlife because of collisions and injuries so we kept a look out for mountain lions, elks, and goats. Unfortunately we didn’t see any at the time. We were really keen on seeing a mountain lion but I guess you can’t have everything.

We got to the Main Visitor’s Centre where the main lookout (Mathers Point) was located and we managed to get some good photos amongst all the thousands of people that were there! So busy!!!

Jess and I decided that out of Monument Valley and Grand Canyon we both favoured Monument Valley. The Grand Canyon was AMAZING and the views...well its difficult to even begin to describe the views...but the fact that it was such a tourist attraction made it have less of a majestic appeal to it. Whereas in Monument Valley, as Jess explained, we were actually driving amongst the attractions and it was just Jess and I amongst the giant rock formations. It definitely had more of a “speechless” effect on both of us – I’d highly recommend both of them, especially Monument Valley.

As we were leaving the Grand Canyon National Park we got to see a group of elk along the road which was pretty cool...glad one of those didn’t run out in front of us because they were massive. Id be far too upset if we hit one of those... poor elks L sad times. Though Jess would be far more concerned about the car!!  

We arrived in Williams and checked into our hotel which was along the main road where all the restaurants and shops were which was convenient for going out for dinner. We asked the friendly receptionists where to go for dinner and she suggested “Cruisers Route 66 Diner” which was all 1950’s themed and really fun! Neither of us could finish our meals but were able to bring them home for later...

Tomorrow we are headed to Lake Havasu City for a two day break consisting of lying in the sun, swimming and margaritas...nothing else! Cross fingers for some tanning potential!


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