By THE ROGUE ROOSTER (BUBBLES)
This world is full of beauty and surprise, some of which can only be truly experienced in person, not from a screen, nor a photo; such things, like the Grand Canyon, can never be fully appreciated unless seen in person. For first-time visitors, such as Joanna Joy and myself, we were captivated from the first moment we gazed upon one of the wonders of the world.
There’s a unique brand of beauty that emanates from the Canyon, one that can captivate you for hours; it’s not just a giant hole in the ground, as explained by the park’s visitor center on the south rim of the canyon. There, visitors can find hiking routes, tour options, and history of the canyon itself, as illustrated through multiple forms of media, such as pamphlets, speeches from park rangers, and even a video globe–an actual globe that shows video on all 360 degrees, pretty sci-fi looking–which portrays the theories and evidence suggesting the history of the Grand Canyon.
After learning about the park from the visitor center, patrons are offered services for those looking to experience the canyon in their own way. Such services included bus rides, bike rentals, and even a cafe for those looking to relax and enjoy something to drink and eat before and/or after their trek.
Our hike took place on the South Rim Trail, heading west from the visitor center. The trail contained multiple viewpoints where tourists could amass and observe the spectacle; some had guard rails, while other vantage points were completely open, for those looking to be more adventurous.
When visiting and gazing upon the canyon, take a moment to bask in the marvel that is nature; man didn’t create this massive landmark, it was there long before we were, and is still changing and building (erosion and elements). There was no dynamite, no drilling, no construction; have whatever theory you may about the actual creation–there are multiple–none of them truly included man’s touch…take a moment to think about that. Another aspect to consider is the fact that the Grand Canyon is not a simple pothole that nature created; one slip, trip, or fall, and it’s game over.
A short distance west of the visitor’s center, we arrived at the Yavapai Point and Geology Museum, a center for tourists to view samples of the various types of stone that can be found within the many layers of the canyon, along with other anthropological pieces, such as arrowheads, fossils, etc. The museum also contained historical elements, such as information about the “discovery” and establishment of the eventual national park that would work to preserve what nature created.
The hike from the visitor center to Yavapai Point was not a short one, but not necessarily a long one either; nevertheless, we decided to travel back toward the eastern route, where we started, and travel toward Yaki point, one of the easier rated trails within the park. The trail took us along the South Rim of the canyon, where we and many other visitors were treated to multiple lookouts and vantage points overlooking the Colorado River below, and the wildlife surrounding it.
As the hours drew later in the evening, we were treated to a sight and beauty that no piece of technology could ever truly capture…the sunset over the crest of the canyon.
Continuing east on the trail, we found ourselves at Yaki Point, where we could either resume our hike, or take a bus back to the visitor’s center. After walking for close to seven miles–including our initial trek to the Geology Museum–we decided to tap out and ride back to our point of origin.
The short distance we traveled and explored that day was only a small fraction of the area visitors are able to explore; in order to truly see every part of the canyon, one would have to spend more than a day.
The park offers multiple avenues of exploration, such as bike rentals, mule rides, even more hiking trails, helicopter rides, and more. It truly is one of the wonders of the world. Look at it all you want on a computer screen or on your phone, it’s not the same. Even the photos posted here could never portray how beautiful it really is…this is something that can only be experienced first-hand.
Our adventure has only just begun, we’re hitting the road to explore and shed light on the beauty and good in our world, and we plan to do it one mile at a time, one day at a time. Join us on this ODYSSEY OF AWESOME.