Some places are so grand, they require two separate locations to access them from. Such is the case with Grand Canyon National Park, with its North and South Rim units. Even then, the canyon extends well beyond the park boundaries into Native American lands for a total of 277 miles in length. In this post, we will detail our visit to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim unit.
Diana was at the park in her youth, and I flew over it once on our way to Las Vegas. From 32,000 feet, it looks a bit flat. That was not the case this time.
We were awestuck as we walked up to the rim for our first glimpse. The words I was trying to use to describe it would not come out of my mouth. They certainly were not needed, as Diana was feeling every bit the same as I was.
The depth and enormity of what we were seeing was breathtaking. We were not alone in feeling that way. People from all over the world were there to take in the enormous vistas. No matter what language they were speaking, their excitement was being expressed with the same excited tone. 🙂
It is difficult to comprehend that this grandest of canyons was carved by a river.
The clouds moving overhead made for a constantly changing scene, as their shadows moved across the canyon floor.
At the eastern end of the park, Desert View Watchtower marks the beginning of the uplift that the Colorado river had to carve through to create the cataract.
California Condors are known to frequent the area, as are turkey vultures. It was difficult to identify which of the two this bird was, but it was fun to watch it take advantage of the updrafts and soar through the sky.
In all, we walked more than 5 miles along the south rim; sometimes alone and other times with people we had just met. We had never seen so many people from so many cultures who were just really glad to be in a particular place.
No matter the viewpoint, the scenery before us was outstanding!
Some people scrambled beyond the barriers for a closer view. This activity isn’t recommended, and has actually turned deadly on more than one occasion already this year. Hopefully these kids made it back safely. Even behind the railings, we found ourselves staying back a step. That’s a long way down!
At this point, I want to recognize the recent passing of Diana’s Uncle Bob.
Uncle Bob was always a pure joy to be around. Any story that he delivered usually had us in stitches. He was a huge supporter of us being on the road and he loved to hear about our travels, telling us how much he’d liked to have done what we are doing.
Well, this one is for you, Bob. You would love it here. Hop up in the front of my new Ford and enjoy the ride. It is going to be Grand!
Next up: We head on up to Utah to explore the many parks in that state. There is quite a bit that we plan to explore, so be sure to stay tuned. Until then, safe and happy travels to all!