We booked a day trip to the Grand Canyon with Grand Adventures, a tour company that runs small vans rather than big buses. We were lucky enough to have a very competent, informative and charming driver named Chad. Luke and I were the first ones picked up and then there was another couple from Sydney, a young woman from Singapore and a couple from Canada. We left Vegas at 7am.
On the drive Chad filled us in on the history of Vegas, we all got to know each other and then we stopped at the Hoover Dam, not far out of town.
Apparently so much concrete was used in the dam that a two lane road could be built across America with it. We learned a bunch of other facts that I recall perfectly but won’t bore you with here.
Next stop was Seligman, a little town on Route 66. I’ve already posted about that so I won’t write any more here except to say that it was where we first saw snow. In fact two of the ladies on the bus had never seen snow before – but more about that later.
The Grand Canyon (south rim) is over 4 hours from Las Vegas. It was quite a drive but Chad kept us entertained when we weren’t talking to each other. Somehow we always end up in the tour groups that know how to keep a conversation going and Chad was most impressed with our immediate rapport. I believe he might’ve said we were the best group he’d ever had. Or maybe I said it. Either way, it was undoubtedly the truth.
Finally we reached the national park. It was much more low-key than I expected. Not much of a fanfare or flashiness, which was really nice. Just some great viewpoints and a dusting of snow. We bundled out of the warm van and tried to avoid patches of ice.
When we realised two of the crew hadn’t seen snow before the next step was obvious.
We all found the view spectacular… some might even say energising.
We had such a brilliant day. I thought I’d sleep in the van on the way back but I ended up talking to Chad about American schools and government and all kinds of things. I’d definitely recommend his company to anyone thinking of going – personal service, comfort and nice small groups.
6 thoughts on “The Grand Canyon”
Just an incredible place, I couldn’t believe how that place made me ‘feel’ such a spiritual home. I’d love to go back and stay overnight there one day. Great photos again 🙂
Thanks, and yeah, it was amazing. I loved the colours of the rock and how it changed as the sun went down:).
I would love to go back to the grand canyon and do some trekking there (not in winter!)
So very, very cold. But spectacular! I’m going to start training on the thousand steps when I get home so my next trip will not be so slob-like;). More hiking and adventuring in the future!
Thanks For the kind words! Really was a pleasure having the two of you on tour. Be sure to keep in touch, especially if you make it back to the states.
Make sure YOU keep in touch if you come to Australia. Always room in my house if you need a bed:).