Musings: Grand Canyon Calling

The Grand Canyon is the most visually stunning place I have visited and experienced so far in my life. I visited on my first trip to Las Vegas back in 2015 and I have been itching to go back since. I’m not sure of it’s the lack of mobile phone service, scorching heat or the deep history that encompasses this natural wonder that appeals to me.

Time to take a trip down memory lane…
Setting off at 6am from the Venetian Hotel and Casino, I can remember thinking at least I could get some sleep on the 3 hour coach journey. Having spent most of our week by the pool, I was glad to be doing something a little more cultural.
Along the way we stopped at the legendary Hoover Dam and I couldn’t believe its immense size. Everything is truly bigger in America. Every time I leave London I am astounded at just how much space there is.
A couple of hours later we arrived at the Grand Canyon (West Rim) and it was such a contrast to The Vegas Strip. There were barely any cars, no bright lights, no crowds and no distractions. Everything was just pure nature.
I couldn’t believe the depth of the Grand Canyon and apparently it’s deeper than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. If that isn’t amazing, what is? Not only that, the air in the area is possibly some of the cleanest in the entire US. Easy to understand as there aren’t many people around, this is a great way to travel sustainably.
I’m not even going to lie, I was a little scared when I got a little too close to the edge, so I retreated back in fear I was going to fall in. I don’t have a fear of heights but it’s more to do with looking down than anything. My friend I was with brave enough to go on the Skywalk (which made me feel nauseous just looking at it) whilst I explored the gift shop. At least one of us did it right?
My advice for visiting the Grand Canyon is to:
  • Take bottled water (An absolute MUST, you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
  • Wear comfortable shoes that cover your feet (This is scorpion and snake territory)
  • Bring only what you need (No one wants to lose their fancy new camera by dropping it into the canyon)
  • Sunscreen (There is a severe lack of shade so ensure to re-apply often)
  • A hat and sunglasses (Self explanatory)
If I ever get to visit the Grand Canyon again in this lifetime I would love to go at sunrise or sunset. This will be the perfect opportunity to take it all in, realise the beauty of this world and just breathe.
You can check out my posts from my 2015 trip to Vegas here and here, and my 2016 here, with more to come of course!

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.


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