How can a big hole in the ground be beautiful? It was a question I asked myself on a number of occasions when Mr ESLT informed me that he wanted to take me to the Grand Canyon on our last visit to Las Vegas back in 2011. He had already visited with his friends 5 years before and was more than excited to see it again and introduce me to it. I also asked him the question and he simply couldn’t answer me, instead stating ‘it just is!’ Hmm, I still wasn’t convinced but as a reasonable person and someone who needs to see something with my own eyes before making my mind up about it, we booked the trip and took the ride, leaving the bright lights of Sin City behind us before heading into the desert and onto the Canyon.
IT WAS THE BEST DECISION!
The Grand Canyon is vast and truly mesmerizing, seriously, I stood there for a good five minutes before I could actually find any words and even then the only one that came out was ‘wow’. Wow – what an understatement? But it really is that amazing, it truly did leave me speechless, for possibly the first time in my entire life. If the Grand Canyon is not on your bucket list, it really should be. It is like nowhere else I have ever been on earth and the reasons behind it being one of the seven natural wonders of the world are blindingly obvious. So in answer to my own question – how can a big hole in the ground be beautiful? Well, it just IS and I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to see it for myself, as photographs and the movies seriously do not do it justice.
In fact, I loved it so much we are actually returning in June. Yes, we are heading back across the pond to America for a whole month, ending our trip in Las Vegas, giving us the perfect opportunity to head back to the Grand Canyon and explore it further. The last time we visited it was December and it was quite chilly, don’t let the blue skies in our photographs fool you, in fact there was even snow in parts of the canyon. However, as we are visiting in the summer months this time I cannot wait to see the different coloured rock and the ever-changing vistas in the bright June sun.
Also, as the weather is likely to be nicer in June than it was in December we plan to do some activities whilst there, rather than just stand there gazing into the void with our mouths open like last time. At the top of my list is whitewater rafting, I have never done it before so what better place to try it for the first time than along the Colorado River which runs through the canyon’s heart? I’d also love to take a helicopter or small plane ride over the canyon and into the base, I just imagine the views would be something else!
I’m sure if you have visited the Grand Canyon yourself you understand when I say it really is a unique place and somewhere everyone should experience at least once. I really can’t wait to return.
- Our post was written in collaboration with grandcanyondeals.com, our love of the Grand Canyon is our own 🙂