Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you our final destination: The Grand Canyon. This "Great Chasm" (as the rangers kept repeating...) was the most breathtaking landscape of the entire road trip. The first time I had been to the Grand Canyon I was 9 years old, making this my second trip. S had never been to the Grand Canyon before, and I was excited to see his reaction when he first saw this magnificent natural wonder.
Read more for stories about aggressive squirrels, the perfect tees for spring, and pictures of our first morning in the Grand Canyon.
To get to the actual canyon you have to take a bus from your campsite. This bus also goes by the "trailer village" trailer park as well as the very crowded hotel. By the time we reached the canyon's visitor center there was barely any room to breath in the bus! Tourists from all over the world had come to see the canyon which gave S and I the unique experience of not being able to understand anyone despite being in our home country. Mandarin and German were the top two languages we kept hearing that day...
ANYWAYS. We got off the bus and poured out into the heat where sunburnt families were already waiting to get back to the hotel (we slept in a bit that day). You then basically wander around sheepishly because they don't have signs for where the canyon is, and you can't see it from the bus, but you know it HAS TO BE HERE SOMEWHERE. We started walking down a pathway that was overrun with a British Teen group (all the girls looked like they had just stepped out of Tumblr and were loudly complaining that they'd rather be back in Disneyland), until finally... we found it.
The Grand Canyon is unlike anything I've ever seen before, and it is extremely difficult to describe it. The variations of colors, the shadows of clouds, and the constant shift of sunlight gives the viewer something different every minute.
We ended up just sitting and staring at it for about 20 minutes before continuing our hike along the South Rim.
(Warning: jumping off rocks will lead to water bottle explosions)
These guys have learned to adapt... the last time I visited the Grand Canyon two Chipmunks charged my mom and I after we opened a bag of trail mix. We both ran to the nearest bench and had to shoo them away with our feet as they followed us up! Needless to say I stayed very...very far away from them this trip... lil devils.
There were a couple main look out points near the visitors center, but they were packed with people. Not being fans of crowds, we only lasted a few seconds before continuing on to some rocks that were unoccupied, where we again sat down and just looked at the Canyon some more.
For this hot weather rocky hike I wore my Birkenstocks, Nike Running tights, and one of my new favorite Tees from Urban Outfitters. Countering the crop top, oversized tees are currently my favorite spring shape. Big, soft, and easy... pair them with tiny denim shorts, leggings, or your bathing suit for spring/summer. TRULY MADLY DEEPLY makes such soft tees that I got them in three colors! Especially since they were on sale... Mine are all xs and they're still huge on me. If you're a taller lady I would play around with wearing the tees as a dress (go up one size) with tights and cute ankle boots.