During our trip to Arizona, Adam and I had to take a quick trip to the Grand Canyon. Being in Sedona, we couldn’t pass up on the chance to see this world wonder. I mean, after our trip to Horseshoe Bend, we were itching to see more epic views. So, on our last full day in Sedona, we took our rental car and drove up to the Grand Canyon.
The drive from L’Auberge to The Grand Canyon wasn’t so bad. In fact, I liked it far more than the drive to Page, which is where Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are. It was a short, scenic route that consisted of us taking highways or interstates. We got to drive more than 45 miles per hour, which made the time in the car a bit more bearable. Overall, it was about two hours later (I think it took us a bit less than that) when we hit the entrance to the national park.
Once there, parking was intense. It was crowded, packed. We drove past a few lots before we settled on one. Although the lots were full, we got super lucky and found a spot right away. I guess it was a good thing, stopping at the gas station and that fast food place first.
Adam and I opted not to tour with a group. We just followed the signs to walk along the rim. We stopped at some of the overlooks; Adam even climbed to a few unofficial overlooks too. I guess, in some ways, I ended up going outside of my little comfort zone. I stood somewhat close to the edge. I took some shots where I sat next to a few spots (and had Adam angle the camera at a specific degree – hint hint!) that looked precarious.
While we walked around the edge, I couldn’t help but feel the intense amount of beauty that I was seeing. In all honesty, no photo will ever do this place justice (I mean, I guess I say that about most places but it’s really true). But, to be far, I’ll never be able to put into words the feelings that I experienced while walking along the rim.
There were times that I felt great fear, because people let their children run around or couples would stand six inches from the edge and take a selfie. People approaching the edge would trip, and I would hold my breath or my heart would stop in anticipation. While a lot of people fall over the edge at Horseshoe Bend, I didn’t feel the fear that I felt here. It might have been the wind or the vastness of this place but the fear was so real.
But it wasn’t the only thing that I felt. I also felt small. I mean, let’s face it, I feel small all the time (I do look up at most people) but this place made me feel how small I am. And when my INFJ brain takes a hold of that thought it runs wild. I mean, just think about how small we are in comparison to the Grand Canyon, and then to the planet, and then to the universe. We’re smaller than mere pinpricks in the cosmos. Ok, this is hurting my brain – so just look at some more snaps.
After we walked around quite a bit of the rim (we didn’t head toward Grand Canyon Village – maybe next time!), we turned around. Our tour guide from the Upper Antelope and Horseshoe Bend tour recommended that we visit the Desert View Watchtower, so we wanted to stop there before heading back to Sedona.
The sun (and the temperature!) was falling at this time, and I was wishing that I had gloves or a windproof face protector thing. But Adam and I found a parking spot at this quieter location and, when we stepped outside and saw the tower, we were prepped to continue our adventure.
Of course, while we were here, Adam and I had to snap a few windblown shots. I mean, it was nearing golden hour. We had to capture those memories!
While Adam and I headed back to Sedona, we couldn’t help but discuss the similarities and differences between the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. We both decided that we preferred the view at Horseshoe Bend but nothing could compare to the immenseness of the Grand Canyon.
WHAT I LEARNED
Overall, I learned quite a few things about the Grand Canyon (including things that changed some weird and embarrassing misconceptions that I had). I learned that pinning images before going is probably a good idea – but that’s just an extra thing that I learned…you know, to explain why I’m embarrassed to tell you some of the things I learned.
- Ok, so I hate to admit this, but I kind of thought that the Grand Canyon looked a bit more like Horseshoe Bend. I guess I thought it was a giant chasm, and one that I would barely see the other side of. Well, obvi it’s not. In fact, it looked a lot more like a mountain range in the middle…you know, as opposed to a giant, flat canyon bottom.
- It’s super, super windy there. Ok, this was probably also a given; however, I didn’t know how powerful the breeze (I guess I should use the word gust instead) would be.
- I’m terrified of falling, not of heights. I guess I felt like I was afraid of heights, but I’m actually afraid of falling – and I’m afraid of others falling even more!
Overall, the Grand Canyon was an amazing sight to see and a wonderful place to experience; and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to share it with someone special.