First time visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon South Rim

The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder and a unique attraction that Arizona has to offer the world. Located on the Colorado Plateau in the northern region of Arizona, the Grand Canyon has for many years fascinated many who marvel at its breath taking views. It was curved out by the Colorado River over ten million years making it one of the most perfect examples of arid soil and rock erosion ever know. It spurns a little over fifteen miles from one rim to another and is almost 4000 feet deep. I could not believe the beauty of the views, I was in awe. The number of tourists there I could not count, the buses and private cars could hardly find parking space. The Grand Canyon averages 4.7 million visitors annually who come from across the globe to visit these phenomena that has humbled many writers, poets, painters, photographers and the layman.

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Over 3 million will visit the South Rim Nearly 750,000 will enjoy the North Rim. And 500,000 will visit the newly discovered West Rim.

The awesome view of the Canyon does testify to a greater power, what a phenomena! The Grand Canyon is an inspiring sight that carved through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau over thousands of years. The view is quite simply - breathtaking!  For many years, I dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon because it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. At 15, studying world geography I, could not get enough of the wonders of the world and the land reclamation process in the Netherlands. And so I wrote me a small list of places I wanted to visit when I grew older and had the means to do so: my list turned out to have 21 places exactly.

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The Grand Canyon - Arizona (USA), The Great Wall of China - China, The Taj Mahal - India, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, - Israel, The Pyramids in Giza, Statute of Zeus In Olympia - Greece, The Temple Of Artemis - Greece, The Leaning Tower of Pisa - Italy, The Coliseum - Italy,  The Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Water Landmark in Switzerland, The Empire State Building, The Panama Canal,  Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The CN Tower in Toronto,  Rio Habor,  Christ Redeemer - Brazil,  The Vatican in Rome - Italy,  Petra in Jordan, The Kremlin in Russia and finally Stonehenge in the United Kingdom

By the time I, wrote this list, I had not taken the time to find out that some of my dream wonders to see were no longer in existence like the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon", "The temple of Artemis", The Lighthouse of Alexandria" and "The Statute of Zeus in Olympia".

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So I, studied some more and got the first job I could get hired at right out of school. I was eager to leave home and save money to make my way out in life. So the years came and went by, bringing good fortune with each passing one. Finally I began my travels by visiting a friend in Tanzania. From there on, my travels increased (look at the countries I have been to).

In 2004 I relocated to the United States to get married and guess where my future husband lived? in Arizona; the Grand Canyon state! Having seen quite a few places on my list, I could not wait to visit the Grand Canyon and I did so at the first opportunity which was in April of 2006.

My daughter and I took a bus tour from Las Vegas where we had been visiting with family friends.

My daughter playing with snow without gloves
The bus drive lasted almost 5 hours with lunch stop along the way. We arrived at the Imax Theatre first where we were shown a video on the history of the Grand Canyon and it's earlier inhabitants (I highly recommend going to the Imax Theatre before arriving at the Canyon). We had also paid for lunch, so we had lunch at the theatre before proceeding to the Grand Canyon National Park. You know you are approaching the park when you start to see the trees, pines and animals (smile), we managed to see a few. I remember that it had snowed the night before so the snow was melting away and it was a little chilly outside. My daughter was excited about the little snow on the ground, so she took advantage of making snow balls and a little snow man that never matured.
Payback time huh!, her little fingers froze from the snow
We did not think to carry gloves or heavy jackets since the weather forecast indicated it would be warm, so my little girl played bare handed in the snow and got her little fingers frozen. The tears and cries for help after the freeze made her trip not so memorable after all. Now the mention of the Grand Canyon brings back the painful freeze in her hands and the tears that burned her cheeks afterwards, she still loves snow though and would like to go skiing, something I detest with all my heart. There is nothing that can tempt me to go skiing let alone play in the snow; I just do not like the cold.

The experience itself was a humbling one especially for me. I felt really small standing at the age of such grandness. The multitudes that showed up to see this incredible hole in the ground - well mostly the oriental people including a huge tour bus of Chinese and Japanese tourists with very advanced photo equipment that seem to weigh them down as they moved from one end to the other in order to capture the perfect views.

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They all looked like professional photographers for the National Geographic I might add. The Germans were another larger group in a separate tour bus, our tour bus was a mix of people from different parts of the US with 4 Germans and three Australians who had decided to come gambling in Las Vegas, all in all we had an interesting mix of tourists on the bus and ended up having such a great time together. I'm glad I took a tour with a large group.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

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My daughter playing with snow with…
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Payback time huh!, her little fing…
Payback time huh!, her little fin…
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photo by: JessicaNyquistLA