A September 1999 trip
to Grand Canyon by Rick
Quote: September 1999 an american friend of mine and yours truly ventured on a 4,000 mls. long trip on america's highways. My following pages narrate on the things we saw and the things we experienced while on the road.
Highlights were the sunset at Grand Canyon and the evening thunderstorms each night as they entertained us with their magnificent lightshows.
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Route 66 Inn
128 E. Route 66
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Early in the morning of Thursday September 16th, Anne and I took the car for the one hour drive along Highways 64 and 180 from Williams to the canyon entrance. Entrance fee is $20 per vehicle, and valid for a week. The last minutes before reaching the actual rim I felt the tight knot inside me for having to dodge hordes of tourists in order of being able to see anything of the canyon at all. It's after all the world's most often photographed site.
At first, when searching for a parking place, right after entering the park, we were able to make out parts of the canyon through the covers of the trees standing along the rim. At that moment two things flashed through my head:
1. I could not comprehend what I was actually seeing, and
2. As I could not, the sight was a bit of a downer.
The second thought disappeared as soon as we has got out of the car and we were almost running towards the very first fence at the South Rim.
Soon we joined the other visitors walking along the rim saying "Oooooh", and exclaiming "Aaaaah". This, after all, had been one of the main goals of our trip on the road.
Well, let me tell you that anything told by somebody who's been there isn't lied. The view is simply breathtaking! Words fail to describe the splendor of the Canyon, and so I will not make an attempt. I can only say: "Go, and see for yourself."
Take as much time to let the splendor of the park sink into your system and let the experience take hold forever. There is no need for a rush here. Now, that would be a waste of time! Besides, the canyon has been lying there for some time, and the canyon itself doesn't seem to be too much in a hurry either. With this jest I merely am trying to indicate that the Canyon deserves awe and reverence. We did just that. We took our time, and I still believe that wasn't nearly enough. After arriving early in the morning we didn't leave before we witnessed a astonishingly beautiful sunset.