Things are finally starting to slow down after my cross-country trip this past week, which means that I finally have time to share some of the things that I’ve seen and done with you! Though it’s a little out of order, I thought that the best place to start would be the Grand Canyon.
On our way out to Malibu, we (the group that I went across the country with) spent the day at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. I’ve always been told that pictures don’t do it justice, but no one can explain to you just how true that really is until you see it for yourself.
This was my first time to the Grand Canyon (though, hopefully, not my last), and I had no idea what to expect. I was left speechless for the most part just trying to take everything in. I understood why pictures never did it justice because it already looked like a giant picture and the rocks looked as if they were painted on. I had no idea that the colors would be so beautiful, and because of the time of day that we were there, everything had a pink/purple hue to it. From where we were, we caught glimpses of the river and foliage below, though we couldn’t tell exactly how far away from it we were. Once we left the park I found out that the canyon is about 277 miles (446 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) long and more than a mile (6,000 feet/ 1,800 meters) deep.
I also had no idea that we would be able to climb around on the rocks, which turned out to be pretty scary, but also an amazing experience.
The park is also full of rather friendly wildlife (though they warn you not to feed them or get too close). We ran into squirrels and lizards that were close enough to touch (and some of us couldn’t resist) as well as some mule deer (not pictured).
We finished our day off with some amazing Mexican food at Plaza Bonita near the entrance of the park and then headed back to our hotel for the night before continuing out to Malibu. I would definitely add the Grand Canyon onto my list of ‘must-see’ places if you haven’t already experienced it.