A grand day out
Trip Start Apr 18, 2011
65Trip End Dec 09, 2011
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Hopefully that conveyed my initial feelings as I stepped up to the rim of the canyon- it's bloody massive. I suppose the pictures speak for themselves but there are a few points I must note.
The overnight train and shuttle bus to the canyon was painfully difficult to get any sleep on. I am therefore thankful for meeting up with another couple of Brits who managed to drag my bumbling corpse around the sights
One decision which proved in the end to be worthwhile but which was under serious contestation 15 minutes in, was the decision to descend into the canyon via the labryinth of steep inclines and protruding rocks. Although a clearly defined walkway, I assume it is not supposed to be attempted in a pair of Fred Perry's whilst carrying a 30lb+ rucksack.
Travelling down wasn't too bad, but considering the park advise you to allow for double the time to ascend back up, I knew the return journey would be painful. And that it was. The type of calf burn that can only really be attributed to hiking up a sheer cliff face with the weight of a small child on your back. But in the end it was worth it, it was especially nice to hear upon reaching the top again that the visitor centre had locker facilities.
Some of the sights were breathtaking; the valleys which seemed to descend into one another infinitely, the bright red sand and the trails further down which made hikers look more like ants.
In my opinion the Canyon was better than Niagara, which is difficult to comprehend considering just how amazing the Falls were, but it just was
After my overnight shuttle and train back to LA, I have 6 days and 3 train journeys on my rail pass left. Due to time constraints and the fact that wherever I go I will probably end up having to transfer at LA, I'm thinking San Francisco for the remainder of my American trip.
I'm unsure (given past experiences on this trip) that wearing flowers in my hair will be the best option.