Finally, the Grand Canyon!
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Unfortunately, the entire drive from Phoenix to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon took us almost 7 hours. I don't know why I didn't anticipate Labor Day weekend to be among the busiest. Duh! We sat in the car for at least 2 hours just waiting to drive into the park.
Needless to say, we didn't have much time to hike. But I did show my mom the best view from the rim's top at Yavapai Point. To me, this is the most serene place along the rim. The majestic colors, the gorgeous view. The first time I visited the Grand Canyon in 2000, it honest to god took my breath away. I finally knew the meaning of that expression.
I took several photos of the canyon, but then remembered I already had the same exact shots from my previous visit.
The first time I came here, I was on my own. It felt great to be independent, especially since it was my first trip ever alone. But sharing it with someone like my mom makes the experience even better.
We walked around the rim for a couple hours and visited the super touristy shops along the path. I watched people slow hiking back up the trail from the bottom of the canyon. It's a mile hike, and although that doesn't sound so bad, the fact that it's an incredibly steep hike really made it seem all the more impressive that people did not seem not out of breath coming up to the top. Tired, yes, but not out of breath.
You can pack a mule and ride down all the way down. That sounded like fun until I read that a mule can only carry 200 lbs total, so that leaves out a lot of travel companions. That's okay, I know when we go back, we'll really enjoy the invigorating hike. I would love to hike to the bottom and stay for at least couple days exploring the caves and white water rafting down the Colorado River. In fact, my French friends want to do the same thing and have mentioned coming out in 2007 or 2008 to do this with my boyfriend and me. I hope that comes true!