Friday, June 27, 2008

Day 14: There's a Reason They Call it "Grand"

Friday, June 20

Fast Facts
Starting: Arizona
Ending: Arizona
Today's Mileage/Total Mileage: 78 mi (125 km)/3022 mi (4863 km)

Today was the entire purpose of our trip: seeing the Grand Canyon, live and in person!!

There are all sorts of ways to get there, the cheapest (?) being to just drive yourself. We opted to drive a bit and take a train instead (and round out the trifecta of train rides this week!).

This was probably the most superfluous train ride that we did (since we really COULD have just driven), but it was also the most comfortable (very cushy seats, though no AC).

Before you leave the station, there is a Wild West Show, featuring a bunch of old men outlaws who need money, and a marshall who tells them there's no way they're getting on the train & taking money from all the rich tourists.

(On the way home from the Canyon, they do indeed hold up the train & "rob" everyone. Turns out the Marshall isn't very good at his job.)

We visited the South Rim. There are three main sections you can tour - you can walk them yourself, take a tour bus, or there is a free shuttle run by the Park Service that will take you to points of interest (that's what we did.)

Anyways, there are really no words that can do this sort of view justice, so I will just let the place speak for itself.

This shot is completely zoomed in about 2/3 of the way down the Canyon. If you click on the picture, you can see where I circled 3 people either riding mules or hiking down to the bottom.

The Colorado River

Bird & Bug were actually freaked out by the enormity of the Grand Canyon. Therefore, everytime we stopped to look, we found a spot (far from the edge) where they could just sit & watch us. Later on, their spots were a bit more shaded.

Though we did manage to get a few family pictures. This one was probably my favorite....

... though I am definitely framing this one for my wall at home!!

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