Earth Day fell on April 22nd this year, and it couldn't have been a more perfect day. I always make a strong effort to get outside on this, often ignored, holiday; so getting to spend it at one of the most monumental settings in North America was epic.
My adventure started with a 3 hour drive from the small town of Bullhead City, Arizona (where I was visiting my Grandmother). When you think 3 hour drive, excitement probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But, with close to no traffic and some of the most beautiful landscapes to gawk at on the way, this drive could probably top the list of my favorite short road trips.
As, I got closer to my destination, I was surprised to be surrounded by tall, lush trees. "Wait, where is all the desert scenery?" Little did I know, The Grand Canyon is surrounded by the Kaibab National Forest. This unexpectedness added to my anxiousness as I got closer to the main attraction.
When pulling up to the entrance of the park, I was expecting to pay the fee of $30 for all day visiting. As soon as I greeted the ranger manning his post, he informed me that entry was FREE! I couldn't believe it. This day was getting better and better. Finally, I was inside the park and kept catching glimpses of the majesty that is the Grand Canyon. Although finding parking was a bit of a struggle, once an opening was found, I eagerly hopped out of the car and got to exploring.
It's cliche to say, but The Grand Canyon really is one of the places that you HAVE to see in your lifetime. It makes you feel so small, but so big at the same it. To see so many different types of people brought together by what is essentially a big hole in the ground was very humbling. To think people from all around the world travel to see this fascinating natural attraction made me realize how lucky I was to be there at that moment in time.
As, the day got shorter, I dreaded having to head back to good ol' Bullhead, but I left with a new, refreshed mindset. I'm hoping I will one day be able to spend a few days there. I would love to camp out and be able to delve into the trails and experience more of the wildlife.
See you again soon, Grand Canyon!