The Big Ditch

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mandan Lynn on October 3, 2009

Of course, there are probably 1,000 or more Grand Canyon reviews, and a bazillion Grand Canyon pictures. But these are mine.

When I traveled overseas, listening to people talk about the things they wanted to see in the US made me realize how much I had left to see in the US. Much like the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, Hawaii, Yellowstone, and so many other American treasure, the Grand Canyon is just something you really need to see. And now, finally, I have.

We drove to the South Rim. My phone started going out of service around 8:30 am, and we passed through the fee station around 9:30. It costs $25 per car -- too bad we were one day too soon for the national museum and park day, where all national parks were free! Ah, well -- a small price to pay for such grandeur.

End of September and early in the morning meant we didn't have to compete very hard for parking or viewing areas. I can't help but envy some of my friends who have hiked and camped in the canyon -- however, you need permits for those things, and we didn't have the time anyway. So we contented ourselves with gazing over the expanse with the busload of French tourists.

The Colorado River looks so tiny at the bottom -- it's hard to believe that it is responsible for the beauty we were lucky enough to behold.

There are several stopping points along the road; we pulled over for about half of them. The Grand Canyon Village has a restaurant, post office, and a very well-stocked grocery store. We stopped to see what was there, but ended up just using the bathroom and continuing on our way to Phoenix.

As we drove away, Nick wondered how many people live in Arizona who have never seen it. I had to laugh, because isn't that the way with the things we have so close to us -- we take advantage, we think we can go any time we want. If you live close to the Grand Canyon, or whatever you have close to you, just go. Go now. See it, experience it, tell me about it.
Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023
(928) 638-7888

© LP 2000-2009