First time visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
“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.