We're exhausted after a full day excursion to the Grand Canyon National Park, but here's a quick recap + pictures.
There were both ups and downs with going to Grand Canyon this particular day. Our first pleasant surprise was that this was one of only three annual entrance fee free days at the park! It's usually $25 per vehicle, which isn't much, but nothing is even less of course. Secondly, Grand Canyon really IS amazing. The professional pictures you will have seen don't do it justice by far, and absolutely not my photos either. It was an incredible experience and the best day of the trip so far.
We'd been looking at different tours. There's anything from mule riding to helicopter rides, the usual bus tours, as well as white water rafting and guided Jeep tours. Everything was very expensive and nothing seemed to really suit us. Once again the park services came to our rescue. There were actually free shuttle buses transporting guests all over the scenic south rim! Friendly drivers, buses departing every 10-15 minutes, plus they went on trails that were only for the shuttle buses so we didn't have to elbow our way around all the people who don't believe in free buses and cling to their cars like a baby to the bottle. So all in all, our best day so far cost us nothing more than the petrol to drive there and back!
But yes, this is an outdoor area and you get the weather that you're served. Today, it was overcast most of the day (overcast = mulet) which meant pictures don't come out great. The Canyon was also hazy with pollution. This varies from day to day depending on where the wind is blowing from, and today the wind was unfortunately coming from the south California / L.A. direction. Last but not least, a rain storm which was actually miles and miles away blocked the sun at sunset, so unfortunately we didn't get to see the classical Grand Canyon blush that you get during sunrise and sunset on clear days.
Still, all of that was trivial. We'll have this day in our memories for the rest of our lives, and if the photos show us a fraction of the beauty, we'll at least be reminded when we look at them.
Tomorrow we're off to Las Vegas. We're booked in the Treasure Island hotel with a room with a view over the Strip! As a bonus, we noticed our road to Vegas actually goes over the Hoover Dam! We hear security is tight there since 9/11 but hopefully we'll get a pic or two :)
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