Last week I posted about the first leg of our recent Arizona adventure which took place in sunny Scottsdale where my DH had conference. When the conference ended,we rented a car and began the four hour drive to the Grand Canyon–a place we’ve both always wanted to visit.
We broke up the trip by stopping for some sightseeing and a late lunch in Sedona, home of the gorgeous red rocks. Lunch was great and we had another first–cactus fries! Yes, they’re really made from cactus. And they tasted like fried zucchini
We the next two hours of driving involved a crazy mountain road. This is what it looked like on the GPS:
And there was snow. Lots of snow. Which meant it was cold. Really cold. We checked into our hotel just outside Grand Canyon National Park around 9pm and prepared to wake up early. Well, when we woke up the next morning it was 10 degrees. That’s freakin’ cold.
So the first thing we did was go to the hotel gift shop and buy some hats and gloves. Good thing we’d brought our ski silks! By the time we arrived at the park around 10am it had warmed up to a balmy 34 degrees. But dressed in our layers we were warm. Our first view of the canyon stole our breath. The vastness of it is impossible to imagine, and photos simply don’t do it justice.
We took hundreds of pics–each vista was more gasp worthy than the last. We walked the south rim trail west the first day we were there, then east the second day. We saw deer and elk, and the sunsets were spectacular. We didn’t venture onto any of the trails leading down into the canyon because they were snowy/icy and if you fall off the trail, well, that first step is a doozy. Better safe then sorry.
We’ll save hiking into the canyon for our next visit–during warmer weather when there’s no snow. Because we’ll definitely be going back.
Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? What was the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen? Any travel destinations on your Bucket List? Where would you most like to visit? Hope you had a great weekend!