Today was another detour away from Route 66, this time to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was around 80 miles north of where we had spent the previous evening, but worth every inch of the detour.
After arriving at the visitor centre, we walked the short distance to the the rim edge for our first view of the canyon. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like when you first see the canyon, it is literally breathtaking and you can’t help but stare in awe. We had wondered on the journey up if it was going to be as good as people say, or if it would be a let down, but we all agreed it was absolutely amazing.
From the south rim, the canyon is over 7,000 feet deep, and looking over the edge is pretty terrifying. Seeing eagles soaring thousands of feet beneath you puts into perspective just how high up you are.
We spent 2 or 3 hours at the canyon, walking a few miles along the rim edge and taking pictures. Sticky seemed intent on getting as close to the edge as possible (I think he has a death wish), and there are some impressive pics of Baz, Sticky and Lec stood on ledges of rock that overhang the canyon. As you’d expect, I wasn’t going anywhere near the edge!
One of the strangest things about the canyon is the lack of fencing. There are some fences at designated viewpoints, but these are few and far between and the rest of the time you can literally walk over to the edge.
As we continued our walk along the edge, the sun was getting lower in the sky, and the shadows created across the canyon made some more great pics.
There were telescopes dotted around the rim, through which you could see the Colorado River on the canyon floor. It was this river, over millions of years, that has carved the Grand Canyon, although a random hillbilly told us that it was all a myth and aliens created it whilst searching for something down in the river!
We left the canyon later afternoon and on to another hotel, this time in Kingman, Arizona. Picture a seedy motel in any horror film with multiple murders, and that’s pretty much where we have spent the night!
Next stop – Las Vegas