Grand Indeed

The first scenic destination on our road trip was the Grand Canyon.

Even though we were looking forward to it, I was slightly concerned we might have gotten spoilt by the amount and variety of natural beauty we have been seen lately.

I was wrong.

<This is the second in a series of posts covering our Road Trip along the fantastic desert scenery of the US Southwest. Click here to access the Intro post to the series, and here to access the previous post>

From San Carlos, MX, we made an overnight stop in Tucson, AZ, and then headed straight to the Canyon’s South Rim. This is the most popular site on the park, understandably why. The views are spectacular, and there is a great infrastructure to take the most out of the experience.

There we met with our friends Ana and Noah, and together we spent one full day enjoying the place including a 10-mile bike ride.

A few days later we went to the North Rim. It is “just” across the Colorado River, on the other side of the Canyon (it is even possible to see the South Rim’s buildings from the North Rim). However, it took us over 400KM to get there, driving around the canyon.

Overall, this was a visit none of us will ever forget. It is impossible to describe the size and beauty of this place, and I hope the pictures will convey at least a bit of it.

 

Approaching the South Rim
Approaching the South Rim

 

We arrived just before sunset, and had fantastic views of the Grand Canyon. Unforgettable.
We arrived just before sunset, and had fantastic views of the Grand Canyon. Unforgettable.

 

Happy to be there.
Happy to be there.

 

A grand sunset.
A grand sunset.

 

Biking along the South Rim - the whole 10 miles of it !
Biking along the South Rim – the whole 10 miles of it !

 

Stop to check in the local wildlife.
Stop to check in the local wildlife.

 

At one of the viewing points, South Rim.
At one of the viewing points, South Rim.

 

One week later, at the North Rim, we went for a long hike into the woods
One week later, at the North Rim, we went for a long hike into the woods

 

Best Breakfast Ever - at the end of the trail, we stopped at the edge of this cliff for a mid-morning snack.
Best Breakfast Ever – at the end of the trail, we stopped at the edge of this cliff for a mid-morning snack.

 

Just another cliff.
Just another cliff.

 

Waking up early to catch the sunrise.
Waking up early to catch the sunrise.

 

Paulo taking one last view of the Canyon, just before we left.
Paulo taking one last view of the Canyon, just before we left.

 

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