Monday, 17 October 2016

Road Trip Part 3; The Grand Canyon - Or, The Okay Canyon

Grand Canyon, Arizona
When you're planning a road trip around the west coast, a trip to the Grand Canyon isn't something that you can really miss off.

I definitely had my reservations. I figured I would probably look at it and think it was just a hole in the ground. However, some of the pictures I saw really were amazing, and I'd previously visited sites like Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls and thought exactly the same thing - it's just a waterfall, how amazing can it be? And in both cases, I've been wrong, both really are very impressive and well worth a visit.

I therefore tried to get myself a bit more optimistic about The Grand Canyon. So many people rank it so highly, in real life I'll probably think it's really awesome. 


Grand Canyon, Arizona
 My two accomplices thought roughly the same sort of thing. Max was somewhat optimistic but had low expectations. Chris had extremely low expectations and no optimism whatsoever. But still, we set off, and as we got closer I really did begin to get excited about what I might see.

  We were originally planning on doing the Bright Angel hike, however when we went to have a look at it it didn't really look all that interesting. It looked like you got a lot of viewpoints of the same sort of area, and to be honest we didn't really like the view that we thought you'd get from it. Therefore we decided to simply just walk along the edge of the canyon and see what we would discover - whilst purchasing an ice cream to eat along the way, of course!

Me and Chris. Please, ignore my outfit in this. It turns out the combination really didn't work quite as well as I thought it did. Although the top is pretty awesome in it's own right - and if you do want to buy your own you can get it for £10 from Apricot, here. I couldn't even guess as to where the shorts are from as I've owned them for probably close to ten years at this point...

The Grand Canyon has quite a few of these very strange things around. You think they're telescopes. You get really excited thinking that they're telescopes. And then you get there and it turns out that they are literally just pipes. They don't make anything bigger. They don't really do anything. They focus your attention on one very small section of the canyon, but very rarely on anything that you want to actually look at. Very strange.


Grand Canyon, Arizona
 The Grand Canyon is, of course, very exposed. This isn't the UK. There are not safety railings along the edges. If you decide you want to go and sit on the edge, then that is your personal choice. Here's Chris doing just that!

  This picture actually really disturbed me to take. I was initially going to go and do it too, but the ground leading to that edge is actually more of a slope than it looks and I could just see myself falling off the edge or something. Chris almost did just that - whilst walking down to prove that it was fine, he managed to trip over himself and then burst into laughter whilst a group of nearby tourists stared at him in horror.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
I decided that this point was the much safer one.


Tree in Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona


Tree in Grand Canyon, Arizona


Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona
 I do actually love the above two pictures.

Tree in Grand Canyon, Arizona
Overall? Well, as you can probably guess from the title, it wasn't fantastic. Which I know is going to be an extremely unpopular opinion, but it just wasn't. We referred to it as "The Okay Canyon" for the rest of the trip. Chris was entirely underwhelmed, whilst Max ended up actually quite liking it. I was somewhere in the middle, but more to the negative side. Some of the views were great, but honestly, we'd found a really good viewpoint whilst in Joshua Tree a couple of days before that I just liked more. As the day went on the colouring turned more red and that made a real difference and really improved it, but on the whole? It was just sort of okay.

If you'd like to view last week's travel post on Scottsdale, click here! Next week, I'll be posting all about Monument Valley.
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