The Grand Canyon has always been on my list of must see places. It was a short drive from Flagstaff. We were fortunate to arrive there while parking near the South Rim was still available. We had thought about visiting the Skywalk, but canyon geography and time caused us to forego that this trip. Truthfully, you could spend several days exploring the canyon. Some wayward hikers have unintentionally spent longer. The Grand Canyon averages 10 miles across and is 277 miles long. We were near the South Rim and the Skywalk was Grand Canyon West. To visit the Skywalk would add another four hours driving time to cover the additional 243 miles. So we decided to walk some of the South Rim instead, which we did for about four, my dogs were barking at the end, hours.
After the obligatory stop at the visitor center and the bathroom, we followed the signs and our map to the South Rim trail. You cannot see the canyon from the parking area or the visitor center and the anxiety builds until you reach the edge for the first time and the first thing you see takes your breath away.
Suzie-Q and I have been blessed to see some spectacular sites from Niagara Falls to the majesty of the Swiss Alps, but we’ve never experienced a natural sight such as this. We also had manmade comparisons of world sites including our most recent of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Taking my first look out over the canyon, the first thought that came to my mind was God made this and every manmade thing I’ve seen pales in comparison.
There was a high wind warning for our time there and it caused me to wonder how many ball caps are lying somewhere in the bottom of the canyon. The wind was not fooling around and some gusts were quite strong. I actually had some concern for people who were letting relatively small children walk along and near the edge out of someone’s grip. Even without the high wind, Suzie-Q was a little skittish but I was able to coax here near enough to the edge to get some pictures. But she would not climb a tree.
You do know that she was not pleased when I posed for this one, especially with the wind gusting.
There simply are not enough photographs that can really capture the Grand Canyon. You have to see it and consider the enormity of it to truly appreciate God’s creation.
We have scratched the visit from our list, but I think we’ll come back here again. I would like to take the mule ride down into the canyon. It may be as the Lone Ranger because Suzie-Q shared a few choice Korean expressions when I suggested it. Nearest English translation: “You cragee?”
Last stop was a bonus added by George and Chong Mi.
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