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Grazing Arizona - Grand Canyon

June 6, 2008 @ 11:15

Grand Canyon, Arizona - Vacations are funny. They always start out slow, and then blow by like you can’t believe.

That’s what this one has been like.

When we made the decision to make this trip just a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea it was going to be this amazing. It’s a part of the world everyone has to see.

I’ve been saying it all week, but I’ll say it again, pictures and videos (or digital movies) do it no justice. I post them so you can get an idea, but there’s no depth perception and that’s why these pictures of the Grand Canyon especially, or not worthy of the real thing.

The drive from Sedona to the Canyon yesterday was spectacular. We wound our way through the Oak Creek Canyon which was lush and green, and literally ascended two thousand more feet above sea level reaching seven thousand feet before entering the highway near Flagstaff.

Once there, you can see Flagstaff in the distance with the mountain range still featuring snow on top.

It then became downright remarkable as we took the Flagstaff by-pass and went up highway 89 through the desert. You go from lush and green to barren and pink in no time flat. For sixty miles north of Flagstaff there is nothing but unfriendly rock which looks like the surface of the moon. It’s full tilt desert.

And the temperature change is crazy. In Scottsdale we had temperatures over 100, but they dropped to the eighties in Sedona. By the time we got to the Canyon yesterday, it was in the low 60’s and when we watched the sunset over the Canyon last night, it was downright cold.

Again, there’s no use trying to describe what we saw yesterday, it’s too much to comprehend let alone describe. When you first look at the Grand Canyon its hard to convince yourself that what your seeing is real, and that’s no exaggeration.

We entered from the east side yesterday, started with the Desert View, and then worked our way west for 23 miles stopping at various places along the way.

It didn’t matter where we stopped, the view was different and just as interesting and spectacular. It truly is a wonder.

Today we’re heading back to Scottsdale, and then tomorrow on it’s the plane and back to reality.

However, if I’ve learning anything on this trip its that I may have found my next calling and an alternative to my quest to get back into radio.

I’d make one fantastic tour guide.

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18 Responses to "Grazing Arizona - Grand Canyon"

June 6, 2008 / 11:55

Fred, I know what you mean about the Grand Canyon not seeming "real". I took a sketch book and art supplies to the GC and never used them. It seemed pointless to try and capture such a beautiful and surreal spectacle...

June 6, 2008 / 16:31


Your perspective on this trip reminds me of my trip to Morocco a few years back. I really didn't know what to expect but after 16 days I had been blown away! From walking streets that are a 1000 years old in the Medina of Fez, having our own Riad in Marakech, to sleeping in the Sahara, it was incredible.

Vacations like the one you have just had are what makes going away on your own adventure so worthwhile.

Robbie J

June 7, 2008 / 10:47

Scary and awe-inspiring at the same time, isn't it Fred....

Jon in Buffalo
June 9, 2008 / 08:22

hey Freddie!
Good thing there wasn't a gust of wind or your little mascot would be history!

Glad you had a great time!

Jon in Buffalo
June 9, 2008 / 08:23

hey Freddie!
Good thing there wasn't a gust of wind or your little mascot would be history!

Glad you had a great time!

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