Driving through a forest… Driving through a forest… Sign for the Grand Canyon… No way! We’re in a forest… Driving through a forest… Sign for the Grand Canyon Visitor Center??! But we’re in the middle of a forest!… Park the car… in a forest! Follow sign to “Grand Canyon Rim Trail”… Through a forest… Forest… Forest… HOLY MOTHER OF F…!!!OK, so no, there is no way I (or anyone else for that matter) could ever capture the mind-boggling view that greets you when those trees suddenly clear. It kind of winds you. And we arrived just as the sun was setting. Golden lights against the red rocks. I wish I’d spent more time trying to get a better picture, maybe setting up my tripod, doing a longer exposure, walking along the ridge a bit, finding the perfect spot… But Charlie had been in the car all day. It was late. And he was determined to jump over the edge. Yes really. How can I put this? I’m not afraid of heights. Really not. But even standing several feet away from the edge here, behind a barrier, my legs turned to jelly and wobbled. But then “the edge” is understating it a bit. We’re talking about a shear drop of a mile or so. So you know, when you have a very fast, very wriggly monkey with you (one who would fit UNDER the barrier), you kind of let the photos go and pretty quickly decide to carry the aforementioned monkey back to the car where you can strap them in safely. Nice and tight. Exhale.Ahh… Hotel no. 6: the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn. Not our favorite hotel but it did have a bowling alley. And a laundrette! CLEEEEEAN CLOTHES! Woot woot! We ate, we played, we ran down hallways, we slept. Then we got up and went back to stare at some more erosion.This time, Charlie wasn’t so intent on jumping off the edge.Others, on the other hand… Do you know, an average of 20 people die every year by falling at the Grand Canyon. And nearly all of them are men from 16 to 35. Yes, because being a complete idiot is SO manly and attractive. Natural selection wins again. Amélie also stayed away from the edge and earned her first Junior Ranger badge. After she had done all the exercises, she got sworn in…And then she got her badge. She was a little bit happy.Just a little bit, mind.
America 2012 – Part 6 (the Grand Canyon)
May 26, 2012