The Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list for years and I am ecstatic to finally tick it off. I have been back from Las Vegas for a day now and I couldn’t wait to jot down my thoughts because this trip of a lifetime is something I cannot recommend enough.
There are many ways to travel to the Grand Canyon but if you’re a little pushed for dollar then the cheapest option is to either rent a car or go on a bus tour. The majority of bus tours allow tourists to check out the Hoover Dam and Route 66 but the idea of a 15 hour day didn’t appeal to me. Not only because another long haul flight was swiftly approaching but because I wanted to savour every moment of my time there.
So that left the option of flying- something I wasn’t particularly overjoyed about. The thought of getting on a small rickety plane over a vast desert gave me chills, but I can honestly say it wasn’t all that bad. The journey to the West Rim lasted about half an hour and there was so much to take in, it was definitely worth paying extra. In the end, we opted for a self-guided tour through Pappilon which gave us a few hours to explore and even take the odd selfie.
The Grand Canyon was everything I had dreamed of and more; from the towering rock structures casting dramatic shadows in the midday sun to the sheer drops that were enough to make your legs wobble and head spin with vertigo. At times, I must have looked like Bambi trying to walk for the first time as I hesitantly tiptoed towards the edge. But there were also periods of calm when I would lose myself for a second gazing at the blue ethereal haze.
The landscape was overwhelmingly beautiful, but you couldn’t help but notice the element of risk involved too. The crows circling overhead made me a little uneasy, they may as well have been sat at a dinner table banging knives and forks shouting “why are we waiting..”
My boyfriend Chris was a lot braver than me; climbing rock structures, loitering near the edge and venturing onto lower levels to stage photos. Other people were sitting with their legs dangling which put ME over the edge! I envy them- the adrenaline junkies!
Overall, putting my melodramas aside it was an incredible experience that I will never forget and I am so happy to have shared it with this loon.
What’s on your bucket list? I would love to know if your chosen travel destinations have met or exceeded your expectations.
Thanks for reading! I will be publishing another post on my Las Vegas experience soon, so be sure to check that out. For updates, you can follow me on Twitter xx