Mr. Cactus and I just got back from a little
2-day trip to the
Now that we live in the Phoenix Metro
it's only a 3 1/2 hour drive to get to the
As many of you know, the
Grand Canyon is one of the
7 Natural Wonders of The World
It's one of those places you must see for yourself
because pictures cannot capture the
vastness, magnitude or
immensity of the experience.
We wanted to do some hiking.
I voted to start with the easy
that winds along the top of the canyon .
Most of this trail is paved,
and you always have the option of
hopping on a Shuttle bus
that will take you to the next lookout point.
We did a mixture of hiking and riding,
which made for a very pleasant morning.
Layers of the Grand Canyon reveal
40 % of the Earth's history.
Trail of Time markers
are set a meter apart
along the trail,
signifying 1 million years
of Geologic history.
Our National Parks are very family oriented.
We visited with people from all over the world
who came from long distances.
We heard many languages being spoken
from French to Italian to German.
In fact, very rarely did we
hear our native language of English
as we stopped at lookout points.
There are 6 major overlooks
along the Rim Trail.
The South end of the Grand Canyon
sits at an elevation of
7,000 feet above sea level.
The deep fissures were carved by the
Colorado River below.
The Grand Canyon chasm is 277 miles long
and up to 18 miles wide.
The monument to John Wesley Powell
at Powell Point
made us think a little bit of
the Mayan El Castillo at Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Powell was the first to explore the
Grand Canyon in 1869
and as we traversed the trail
huge rain clouds began forming overhead.
Lightening strikes can be very dangerous
so the park began lining up shuttle buses
and requested everyone move off the mountainside.
I didn't mind much.
We headed to the Lodge restaurant with a
and waited out the storm.
We dined leisurely on a very nice late lunch
while a torrential downpour
blanketed the skies.
I love a summer thunderstorm :)
Once things cleared up a bit,
Mr. Cactus was looking for a more rigorous hike
and headed down part of the
Bright Angel Trail.
His descent of more than 1,000 feet was a little
much for me so I stayed back and
and enjoyed the most breathtaking views.