The First of Seven Natural Wonders

Trip Start Mar 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, April 2, 2010

It was a race against the sunset to set up camp. With few places accepting to dogs, we had really just one option. So, the Mather Point Campground it is. It's your typical, large, car camping type of a place. Complete with a bathroom for every 50 campsites and even a cafe and a general store within walking distance. This is not what I had in mind, but my desire for adventurous spontaneity has led to very few options. Much like Yosemite, there are large crowds of families and foreign tourists, but the crowds are drawn in for a reason. 

I may prefer the feeling of having a mountain or a lake all to myself, but something as incredible as The Grand Canyon is there to be shared. So I'll try not to be greedy. I can't help but be annoyed by the group of boy scouts next to me, telling stories while I'm lying quietly in my tent, trying to have a peaceful moment to myself. Again, I'll try to not let it get to me. Besides, they're probably equally annoyed by the sound of me coughing up a lung every 30 seconds. All the more reason we should have our own private mountains...

We had just enough time to catch one of the viewpoints as the sun was beginning to go down. I think this is the most impressive place I have seen yet, and I've hardly seen anything. As the sun went down, it still managed to peak around the giant corner of stone to my left. Each cloud, a different shade of blue, gradually grew darker with distance from the sun. Still, patches of white shined through with just a hint of orange.

Looking down, directly below me, there was a long stretch of snow, deep enough to get stuck in. Beneath the sky and a perfectly level horizon, jagged bands of red and gray were carved out of the earth with such definition and purpose. I was hovering over an naturally artificial mountain range. Out in front of me, a giant sculpture, extended for miles, masterfully hand crafted out of red stone and clay. I can't wait to see more.

From The Grand Canyon,

Zach and Wallie
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