Everyone I know who has visited the Grand Canyon has a firm opinion about it– from, “It’s the most magnificent thing on planet Earth,” to, “It’s just a hole.” Well, I saw it for myself last week, and let me tell you, even at the end of winter with a good bit of snow left around the shaded edges, it’s more than a hole. It is breathtaking.
In the winter, you can only visit the South Rim. The Northern Rim and the Western Rim are both closed until later in March or early April. Some of the roads are impassable with ice and snow up until that time. In the summer, you can even raft down part of the Colorado River inside the Canyon. Now that would be fun!
There’s not as much to do in the winter, so I would love to go back in summer, when you can actually hike down into the canyon, or walk over the plexiglass part of the canyon and look straight down (waaaay down). But I think I caught the Canyon bug anyway:
There wasn’t much keeping you from going over the edge if you were so inclined. Some areas had these nifty fences. Some areas had some rocks about 10 feet from the edge, which were supposed to serve as the You Shall Not Pass Rocks. One of the most dramatic moments was when we saw a guy take his two small (SMALL!) children past the barriers out to the edge. Everyone was collectively holding their breath:
They made it back OK, but it was scary there for a few. My philosophy is if you want to be an idiot and risk your own life, that’s one thing, but don’t drag your kids (or somebody else’s kids) into it.
The erosion was evident everywhere, even where you stood:
All I know is I can’t wait to go back and explore it more. There is so much to learn about there, from the geological, ecological, and social history perspectives. Plus, it’s pretty:
Sayonara, Grand Canyon! Hope to see you soon!
Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? What did you think?