Do you remember that commercial where the kid is not impressed at all when he's on his first visit to the Grand Canyon? He says, "I thought it would be bigger." It's probably just another car commercial. But anyway. While we were driving up to Grand Canyon National Park, I was wondering if I would have a similar reaction. Spoiler alert: I didn't.
Road Trip Highlight: First Visit to The Grand Canyon
As you may remember, I had plans to drive my friend from Los Angeles, California back to Philadelphia. We left LA on a Sunday morning after a very early morning wakeup call, thanks to my good pal jet lag. This first day was a day full of driving. FULL of it. Originally, our plan was to make it all the way to Grand Junction, CO.
Adam and I had some other ideas. FIRST DETOUR.
I mean, how could we pass up the Grand Canyon when we were basically driving right by it? When you go on a road trip, the definition of "driving right by" tends to take on a looser definition.
Luckily, Mike likes us a lot and made it work. We were going to pop up to the North Rim, right near the lodge. I switched off as driver around Las Vegas, so I was lucky enough to be able to ogle (too strong?) at the beautiful landscape. It's so different from what we have in Pennsylvania! I was that girl in the car, definitely overusing words like "amazing" and "spectacular." Somebody get this girl a thesaurus for graduation.
Once we actually entered Grand Canyon National Park, I was pretty adamant about no spoiler alerts. I covered my eyes and shrieked every time I accidentally saw a sliver of that canyon. Once we got out of the car, I was like a child on Christmas morning. Jittery and excited.
Oh, did I mention we timed our stop perfectly with sunset? No big deal.
I could have sat there all day. I don't know if I've ever really experienced that moment when your jaw ACTUALLY drops. But the Grand Canyon did it for me.
It seemed like it wasn't the busiest it could possibly be. There were definitely people there, but it was still quiet enough that you could have your own moment. You could sit on a rock and absorb the environment. And also panic a little bit when you realize just how far down the bottom of the canyon is.
I most definitely want to go back. I want to hike all over that canyon. I would also love to improve my photography before I go back. This is one of those places that no picture will ever do it justice. But I'd like to at least try a little harder than I am currently able. Photography is always something I've really wanted to be good at, but then I don't put enough effort in. I'd like to change that!
But for now. I leave you with this.
The Dirty Deets
- Just how much of a detour was this? It's about 2 hours and 45 minutes out of the way (in one direction). Worth. It. Just be careful, especially if you have our timing. So. Many. Deer.
- There is a $30 fee per car to enter the park. Also totally worth it. But that can be a significant amount of money!
- There are places to fill up on gas on the way to and from the North Rim, so there's no need to fill up frantically before you enter.
- Have you visited the Grand Canyon? What is your adjective of choice? Be my thesaurus!