Friday, September 7, 2012

Grand Canyon--Coolest thing I've ever seen?

NaBloPoMo prompt for today:
"What is the coolest thing you ever saw?"

Why do I have such a hard time with this question?  I can not for the life of me come up with "the coolest" thing I ever saw.  The first thing that popped into my head was the Grand Canyon.  But, that seems so cliche.  But, to me, it really was cool.  I wish we would have been able to spend more time there.

We made a fly-by trip to the Grand Canyon when we were on our honeymoon.  We did a lot of driving on our honeymoon, 'cause that's how we roll.  My hubby doesn't like sitting on a beach.  So, we usually end up flying somewhere, renting a car and using that car.  And using it a lot!

On our honeymoon we started in San Diego.  We had been to San Diego before when I first moved up and we loved it.  So, we spent a couple days at a bed and breakfast in La Jolla and then we drove to Lake Havasu.  We spent a night or two in Lake Havasu and then we drove to the Grand Canyon.  Oh. . . . did I mention we had a convertible?
 While we were driving through the desert in the convertible, I darn near had a heat stroke.
  My hubby, who usually sweats when the temp reaches 60, was fine.  Me?  I was born and raised in Florida.  I'm used to hot temps.  But, who almost had the heat stroke?  Me!  

Anyway, after we made it through the desert, we made our way toward the Grand Canyon.  We were only going to be there one day and one night, so we asked the concierge what would be our best bet as far as tourist activities were concerned.  We ended up signing up for a helicopter/jeep tour.  I highly recommend it.  Before my hubby and I were together, he never liked doing tours.  I guess he figured that whatever he wanted to see he could find on his own.  I have since convinced him otherwise.  Or maybe it was the tour guides.  At any rate, he loves doing tours now.

We had several hours before our tour was to begin, so we went over to see the Grand Canyon.  That sounds funny. . . . we went over to "see" it, as if it was just one little spot in the ground.  For some reason, the image I had in my head of the Grand Canyon was nothing like the reality.  I guess when I was little I pictured the Grand Canyon as one single long, (maybe) wide Canyon.  But, that's nothing like what it is actually like at all.  And truthfully, words can not even describe it. And you can not capture it's beauty and the immensity of it in a photograph.

Unfortunately, while we were there, they were having their first thunderstorm in months.  Months!  And being from Florida I get a little freaked out by lightning.  By a little, I mean A LOT.  I get A LOT freaked out by lightning.  And there are all of these really tall pine trees around the Grand Canyon.  The tour guide later told us that 90% of the trees in the Grand Canyon had been struck by lightning.  My hubby, who is from Ohio and has absolutely no fear of lightning (or at least it seems that way), was still out trying to look at the Grand Canyon.  And he was getting close to the edge of some drop offs and the lightning was striking and I was just ready to be back in our car!  But, it was parked so far away.  

The lightning finally subsided and our tour went on as planned.  Thank goodness the lightning stopped!  Because I certainly didn't want my first helicopter ride to be 1. cancelled or 2. in the middle of a lightning storm.  

I was so nervous to get on the helicopter.
  But, I knew that I wanted to see the Grand Canyon from the air.  And there's just more that you can see from a helicopter than you can on one of the plane tours.  The helicopters are able to get lower.  In fact one time, the pilot scared the you know what out of me when I didn't think he was going to make it up over the top of one of the cliffs.  

At the beginning of the helicopter tour, you actually fly over the forest.  The helicopter tour we were on had a soundtrack.  So, we were flying over the forest and at the point that the forest ends and we were at the edge of the Grand Canyon, the music from Close Encounters came on.  Bum, bum, bum-bum.  And I cried.  It was so beautiful I cried.  You guys should know I'm a crybaby from my post yesterday.  But, I dare someone NOT to cry when they see the Grand Canyon this way!

When my hubby and I returned to San Diego, we were hanging out somewhere having a picnic.  We were lying in the grass and I said, "Didn't the Grand Canyon make you want to meditate?".  And that's exactly the way it is.  You go there and you feel so connected to the Earth and to God and to the universe.  You want to open your eyes to soak it all in and then you want to close them to keep the images inside of you forever.  If I could feel the peace that I felt in the Grand Canyon every day of my life, it would be a peaceful life indeed.

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

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