Saturday, 15 June 2013

Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


When I visited the Grand Canyon on a day trip from Las Vegas, I quickly realised why it is one of the greatest wonders of the world.  I visited a few years ago now and the walkway that now has been built projecting over the Canyon was not yet there.

Skywalk, Grand Canyon


I am glad because there is no way I would have been brave enough to go out on it.  I am not too bad generally with heights but don't like glass floors or cantilevered structures.

Although the canyon is truly spectacular I found out when fact checking for this post that it is not the deepest canyon in the world – that honour goes to a canyon in the Himalayas.

It was carved out by the Colorado river – which shows the power of water.

Grand Canyon


It can be a deadly environment for hikers.  There have been about 600 deaths in the Grand Canyon since the late 1800's including airplane crashes, falls, drownings and things like heat stroke.

I would love to hear about any Grand Canyon trips you have done.
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4 comments:

  1. Back in the early 90's we were at a trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Flew over the grand canyon and it was an amazing site. The pilot gave us the guided tour. Never actually visited.

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  2. Growing up in England, I can remember seeing pictures of the Grand Canyon and thinking how much I would love to go there. It didn't seem very likely then - we didn't travel much! - but I did make it a few years ago, and it totally lived up to all my hopes and expectations, it was one of the most memorable days of my life, and I think it often. It is breath-taking.

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  3. In 2006 I hiked in and out in one day with a group. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life! We started on the South Rim and hiked Hermit's Rest to Dripping Spring and back. I love it and since moving to Arizona a few months ago I am ready to go back and try more trails.

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  4. I have never been to the Grand Canyon~ One regret I have is not visiting there when my son lived in Arizona~ He lived in Phoenix for one school year (he is a teacher). There is no way I would ever walk on that walkway...it makes me dizzy just looking at the picture:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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