Wednesday, July 24, 2013

the Grand Canyon

We're home. And we had the nicest time. Here's a little recap.

Bright and early last Monday morning we headed north to Bearizona, a zoo of sorts. It's the kind of place where you drive your car through the park and you see animals like buffalo and bears, etc. The kids loved it.

Our next stop was the south rim of the Grand Canyon. As soon as we pulled into the park, it started pouring rain. We waited in the car for a bit, hoping the storm would pass. But it didn't look like the rain was going to stop anytime soon, so we drove up the road to catch some foggy, wet glimpses of the canyon.

But the next morning! Ah! Sometimes the sky was cloudy and sometimes it was clear, but no rain, thankfully. I kept taking pictures, even though I knew they could never compare to the real thing.

This one nearly gave me a heart attack.

Actually, I had a slight panicky feeling the entire time we were there. It was plenty safe, I just had a major case of over protective mom nerves.

It is just so vast. The Grand Canyon is something that everyone needs to see at least once in their life. It is inspiring and beautiful and quiet and a good reminder that our lives are very small.

Some tips: If you are planning on visiting in July, like we did, keep in mind that afternoon thunderstorms are very likely, so bring rain ponchos. Or plan to visit in the morning. We arrived right at 8 am on Tuesday morning and there were hardly any crowds so we were able to have some of the lookout points all to ourselves. The road along the canyon between Tusayan and Cameron has lots of incredible look out points, so make sure to stop at them all. It took us a little more than two hours to make our way along that road. We brought Oliver's binoculars, and they were a big hit.


  1. I have yet to go there. I'm sure I'd be a nervous overprotective mom too. I mean, seriously, it's not like they have the best railing around those spots all the time. Glad you were all safe and had a nice time. Can't wait to see the rest of your trip.

  2. Oh, we have pictures from those same spots and I felt that same panicky feeling. I made my husband promise to make our next family vacation not involve any treacherous heights.
    Your pictures are beautiful. Looks like a wonderful trip.

  3. I'm NOT a mom and I had that feeling!! I kept worrying about everyone and their kids and my elderly grandparents that were with me. Clearly its the underlying emotion that most people forget to mention when talking about the Grand Canyon. Glad you guys had a great time! (And that everyone was safe!)

  4. there is a beautiful water fall near erics parents and i love it. the kids love it. its safe and paved. but its when i'm trying to go to sleep that night from visiting the water fall i have nightmares of my kids falling into it. mom hood makes me want to put them into a bubble.

  5. these pictures are so awesome, and they make me nervous, too. love the one of the kids sitting near the rail. mike will have to tell us about this solo hike to that rock when we come to your house. crazy!


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