This is a hard blog to write, simply because there are no words or photographs to do The Grand Canyon justice. It’s not a place to visit, it’s an experience which takes in all five senses and can be emotionally overwhelming for some.
Tourists emerge from the Visitor’s Center and take the short path to the edge of the Canyon. The first glimpse steals the breath and many stand in awed silence surveying the massive canyon with its many layers of surreal colors, ever changing with the sun and shadows of the clouds floating above. Some people tear up at the first glance (I did), some have a sharp intake of breath, and some simply survey it all in complete silence.
Each step along the edge reveals a different view and aspect of the jutting rocks, rolling Colorado River, and years of rain and climate creating this beautiful Wonder of the World.
We visited twice while in the area. Once, when it was in the freezing temperatures and high winds, and the second after a winter storm which dusted the area with a pristine snowfall. Julie from RVLove, stated it looked as if powdered sugar were dusted along the Canyon, and she was right. It was gorgeous.
We drove through as much of the National Park as we could. Some roads were closed due to snow, but we made the most of our time and were able to see different areas of the Canyon with each view prettier than the last.
Here is some of the wildlife we encountered during our journey:
The Grand Canyon emits an emotional response from me. It’s mainly an overwhelming gratitude for the magnificent Earth–and the majestic places to visit in our country. I hold a deep respect for how years of ever changing climate, flowing rivers, ecosystems, wildlife ecology, and negative effects of human behavior all work together to form this sovereign piece of land. I also thank God for this beautiful creation.
Just to give a visual of how long the Canyon has been changing, evolving, and existing–here is a geological marker:
Like the Canyon itself, it’s creation is just as mind boggling.
It’s a bucket list item, in my opinion. It’s a sight that all Americans should seek to experience, at least once. Standing on the edge sort of puts us in our place–we’re just tiny dots in comparison. The world doesn’t revolve around us–just another reminder that life is short and we need to make the most of it. What that consists of is up to each of us, but the Canyon gives it perspective.
This is the obligatory selfie to prove we were there:
What was your reaction to the first sight of the Canyon? Did you feel something? If you haven’t seen it, is it on the bucket list?
Safe travels. See you on the road.
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