On January 06, 2015 I visited the Grand Canyon while on my road trip (Papa.Bravo.Fourteen). I was looking forward to this stop the whole trip. I was very excited to see this amazing place again. It had been many years since my last visit, so it was nice to refresh the images in my memory.
I had only been to the Grand Canyon once before and I was 14 years old then. On that trip, I was with a large group of people and it was a very rushed experience. If I remember correctly, we only stayed a few hours on that trip before moving on to the next place.
Plus I was a kid at the time, so all l cared about was candy and G.I. Joe's so I did not appreciate the experience. The scenery and pictures I had in my mind from when I was younger, did not compare to what I saw on this trip.
Once I parked, I took a walking trail, not really knowing where it would bring me. As I walked, I started seeing more and more of the canyon through the trees. Eventually it opened up and I saw my first full view of the canyon that day. It stopped me in my tracks and I was amazed at what I was seeing.
The weather there was beautiful and clear, which made viewing the Grand Canyon that much better. There were no clouds or fog obstructing my view of this massive and mind blowing natural wonder. It was amazing to see what nature had created.
Even though I was there outside of the tourist season, there were still many people visiting the Canyon. What impressed me about the crowd that day, is how quite and respectful everyone seemed. It was nice seeing people respect and help each other.
I was amazed to see so many people from all over the world visiting the Grand Canyon. I had the opportunity to talk with so many people who I would have never met otherwise. There are so many reasons why I enjoy traveling, but meeting new people is definitely my favorite part.
I stayed on a walking trail next to the canyon. It seemed like every twist and turn of the walking path lead to new breath taking views. There are several observation areas along the walking trail. These areas rang in size, but the majority of them give you a remarkable view of the canyon.
Even though I spent all day at the there, I only saw a small amount of the Grand Canyon. I would assume you need several days to experience everything the Grand Canyon had to offer.
The North Rim and South Rim are the two main parts of the Grand Canyon. Due to the time of year I was there, the South Rim was the only part open. From what I was told, the North Rim has a very short tourist/open season and the South Rim offers the best views and is open all year round.
I immensely enjoyed my trip to the Grand Canyon, even though my time there was short. Next time I go back, I'll allow my self more days to explore everything. I'd also like to take a trip down inside the canyon and do a helicopter ride through the canyon. If you have never visited the Grand Canyon, I would recommend you make at least one trip there. It is a beautiful place and there is so much to see and do.
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*Papa.Bravo.Fourteen Road Trip, 2014*
On August 10, 2017 Ashlie and I visited the Grand Canyon while on our 10,000 plus mile long road trip. This was the first time Ashlie has been to the Grand Canyon and she loved it!
It was a beautiful day, which allowed for great views and good pictures. Although it was late summer, it was not to terrible hot and surprisingly enough, the park was not too crowded. We spent several hours walking the path on the southern rim before driving to the Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower.
The walk from the parking area to the watchtower is fulled with breath taking views. Nature never fails to impress, but with the help of a 70 foot tall stone tower, the area is a sight to behold. As we were in the tower, we watched a small thunder storm roll through. All in all, it was a fantastic day and was only made better when we drove to Horseshoe bend and watched the sun set.