Photos from our Summer | Grand Canyon (Wordless Wednesday)

This past Summer, and by past I mean, like, 2 months ago. . . .  I always get confused when people say "past Summer" and it just happened, but oh well.  . .  .  .  .  . we went to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon and Sedona.  It was a quick, whirlwind trip.  We didn't get to do everything I would have liked to do.  With the Grand Canyon, if you really want to do the whole Grand Canyon experience, you need more than one day.  But, it's expensive in the Grand Canyon!  Cost was definitely a factor this year.

And if you can't tell yet, this isn't exactly a "wordless" post!  😉

Funny story:
When we were in Vegas, we had a cab driver who asked, "WHY would you go all the way to the South Rim when the West Rim is only 2 hours away???"  Let's just say she had opinions. She was funny.  She told us she was the oldest female cab driver in Vegas and she had been doing it for a looooong time.

We went to the South Rim because we had been there before (for our honeymoon) and we wanted to go back.  We knew what the views would be like at the South Rim and we had never been to the West Rim.  If we could have gotten the cabins on the rim at the West end, we might have gone to the West Rim and done the whole Skywalk and everything.  Apparently you have to get those cabins way in advance though. That will be a trip for another time!

The Grand Canyon was still as beautiful as I remembered.  This is how it looks on hazy day.
This is how it would look if you could really see the colors!

Of course there's something about your first time for everything, right?  You can never quite get back that exact feeling of the first time. It was still spectacularly, amazingly, peaceful and gorgeous.  I wanted my kids to see the Grand Canyon.  My daughter was as amazed as we had hoped she be and my son. . . . . . well. . . . . he's 13.  That should be enough said for any of you who have or have ever had a 13 year old.

We didn't make it to the south rim of the Grand Canyon until late afternoon since my hubby wanted to stop at the Hoover Dam on the way from Vegas, and we stopped to eat lunch on Route 66.  By the time we got to the Grand Canyon, we just walked on the rim trail and waited to watch the sunset.  Of course my hubby and daughter, the adventurers, stood at the edge to scare the crap out of me.

And we goofed off along the way while we waited for the sunset.

  And the sunset was gorgeous, of course.

I really would have liked to have gotten up earlier the next day and made it down to the first rest stop on the Bright Angel trail, but we didn't.

 We walked down the trail a little bit, just so we could say we went below the rim.

 But, it was almost noon, we didn't have water and it was starting to get hot. Plus, we were heading to Sedona that day.  Plus, it's always harder coming back up than it is going down.  We were lucky enough to be able to see a guide leading mules down into the canyon, but that was the EXACT moment I reached my limit of photos on my tablet.  THE. EXACT. MOMENT.  I'm not even kidding.  And it wouldn't let me delete photos quickly so that I could get the picture.  Mules are a lot bigger than I thought they would be, but I have no visual photo proof of that!

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  1. The Grand Canyon is an amazing place to visit, I always thought it was funny how one side of the canyon had pine trees and the other Quaking Aspen trees. I have not been there in over 25 years. Thanks for sharing on #OMHGWW this week!
    Have a great week!

  2. What wonderful pictures. I have never been to the Grand Canyon and would love to go, though I do have a slight fear of heights. And I know my husband and kids would scare me getting way to close to edges. Maybe when they are a lot older. It is quite a ways a way.
    Love your sunset picture by the way.
    Thanks for stopping by Tots and Me

  3. Wow, so beautiful. The Grand Canyon is one of America's treasures, it is place that I really want to go. Thanks for hosting and for sharing your great pics.

  4. Sedona and Grand Canyon have been on my list for a long time. This year, I had a chance but it did not work out. some day, I will. Loved your pictures.

  5. Love the photos great shots Like the selfie made me smile heheh!

    Have a canyontastic week :-)

  6. Beautiful photos! We live in AZ and only finally got to visit the Canyon a few years ago. We want to plan on going to the North Rim one time to see the difference. Thank you for sharing your trip.

  7. Now you have me excited to rent a cabin on the west rim, lol. Fantastic photos. Always take water!

  8. That's awesome that you got to take the kids on the trip. My two oldest boys would stand on the edge and it would give me a heart attack. They might even touch each other to make me yell, lol. I never, never yell, but found out recently that when we are up very high and the kids decide to goof off, it evokes a yell, lol. Of course, being out of character it amuses the kids and they would love to re-enact the moment (smarty pants kiddos...they're both grown). ;)

    The photos are lovely. I'm sorry the tablet died when the mules showed up!

  9. Your vacation photos are beautiful - a fantastic trip!

  10. Beautiful! I would love to visit the Grand Canyon, and, in fact, had planned to do so this fall, but a new job has thrown a kink in those plans. Nonetheless, your photos are gorgeous and have me wanting to go at some point in the future. Thanks for sharing your adventure! :)

    With Love,

  11. Grand Canyon is always magnificent! I can see you have a great time down there..


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