In my last Travel Lit Tuesday post I discussed Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent, in which he visited this breathtaking site. I decided to once again share a part of our epic road trip of 2009 for this week’s TBT because Bill’s description of the Grand Canyon made me reminisce.
I remember being stupidly excited as we drove up to a look-out point, which was only amplified by sighting some elk along the way. Once we arrived and were standing on that ledge overlooking what seemed to be an endless horizon of multi-toned, striped rock faces, all I could do was stand and stare with my mouth agape. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and believe me, this title is aptly deserved.
We visited the site in early April, so there was still a smattering of snow on the ground and a bearable amount of tourists. It was peaceful having some time alone with the scene in front of me, and I quickly appreciated why the Native Americans of the region considered it a holy site. It really does take your breath away and makes you realize how insignificantly small you are compared to the majestic and ancient landscapes of this planet.
I have to thank my friend Jana for (unknowingly) providing me with pictures for this TBT. Jana — I totally creeped your Facebook. Sorry, I’m not sorry 😉