8.28.2014

A Grand Canyon Love Affair

Why I love the Grand Canyon and Why You Should Too

I did not visit the Grand Canyon until I was in college. Pretty shocking considering I lived in Arizona almost 10 years, right? Well, I lived in California until I was 14. Then I moved to Arizona, but still about 4 hours from the Grand Canyon. When I moved from Flagstaff for school (only about an hour and a half from the South Rim), I finally made it up there. My first trip was pretty uneventful. I drove to the rim with some friends, sat on the edge for some photos and drove home.

Grand Canyon sunrise

Grand Canyon Sunrise
It wasn't until I met my husband that the Grand Canyon began to become a very special place to me. We took our first date to the Grand Canyon (July, 2011). It was far more eventful this time around. We saw an IMAX movie, ate lunch on the rim, and took the shuttle around to different areas of the rim. Little did I know, this was only the beginning of our relationship with each other and with the canyon. 

Grand Canyon North Rim Bright Angel Trail

A few short weeks later we took a 10-day camping trip. One of our stops included the North Rim. Now, if you have been to the canyon, you know that the South Rim is pretty cool. BUT THE NORTH RIM. I have never seen such beauty. You get all the amazing views of the canyon that you get at the South Rim, but instead of being in the desert, you are up in the birch trees surrounded by greenery, beefalo (not kidding), and GREAT weather.

Grand Canyon North Rim Campfire

Grand Canyon North Rim Rain 
Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon North Rim

After this, we took many more trips to the canyon. Sometimes for sunrise, sometimes during the winter, and sometimes for no reason at all. It just became our "place."

Grand Canyon North Rim views
Grand Canyon North Rim Hiking

For our one year anniversary (right before I left for Scotland), we spent a few days at the North Rim in a cabin. It was such an amazing trip, despite the fact that we had mouse friends trying to hang out with us in the cabin. We biked from the lodge to the welcome sign, ate way too much food, did some hiking, and plenty of star gazing. Magical would be an understatement.

Grand Canyon North Rim Road Cycling

Grand Canyon North Rim Stars
Our next BIG event at the Grand Canyon was our sunrise engagement. It couldn't have been more perfect.

Grand Canyon Sunrise Engagement


The Grand Canyon is such an amazing creation. I can't wait to do a rim-to-rim hike, go rafting in the river, and so much more! If you haven't been to the Grand Canyon, it is a must see. Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

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28 comments :

  1. Such a great story of your relationship with the canyon and one another! I haven't been since I was a child but would love to again in the coming years... such a majestic place.

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  2. Oh you must go again! Something new to see and treasure every time!

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  3. Wow so beautiful! I am feeling inspired to visit the Grand Canyon now! I have never been!! Your relationship with your husband seems so full of love! :)

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  4. Breathtaking! You're photos are just magical. I desperately want to go. I've been to some far corners of the world, but never the Grand Canyon. I can't wait to go someday. I'd love to go white water rafting through it. Have you done that before?


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  5. YES YES YES! Please get out there :) I am pretty fond of him! ;)

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  6. Thanks girl! You absolutely have to go some time :) I have NOT been rafting! I also haven't actually gone into the canyon yet. Both are on my lists of MUSTS!

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  7. A rim-to-rim hike would be so amazing! You have some amazing pictures from all your trips there, so beautiful. I've never in my life experienced the beauty I experienced that 1 day we spent there, I can only imagine being able to explore it even more! Thank you for sharing :) North rim, on my list!

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  8. Wouldn't it?! My husband took a lot of these! And yesss it is amazing you must go!

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  9. That's amazing. I have never even seen it!

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  10. these pics are so dreamy! i have yet to make it to the GC...and we're not that far from it! but now I must go...I love that you got engaged there and that it's "your place." makes it even more special!

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  11. Thank you- it's definitely special to us! Where are you located? It took me years to finally get there even though I lived in Arizona :)

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  12. YES!!! It's even more amazing in person

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  13. Oh it definitely is :) try to go to the North Rim if you can!

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  14. Ah, I LOVE this!
    My husband and I (when we were still dating) when there last summer with his parents for hiking, sightseeing, etc.
    I couldn't agree more about the north rim being the spot to really go!
    We LOVED it there! And we definitely hope to go back!
    It's so fun to have places that become so special in your relationship! :)

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  15. Yes. It is SUCH an amazing place! So different from the south rim :)

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  16. We're in San Diego...super close, we really need to go! We always end up at Yosemite with my family, which is our super special place. :)

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  17. Ah! I grew up in the Bay Area! I have actually never been to Yosemite! I can't believe it haha

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  18. haha...well besides Yellowstone and Yosemite, I've never been to any other National Parks. How sad is that?? Especially since we live on the west coast! I feel like all the good ones are close by. I keep telling the hubs that one summer I'm going to plan an epic road trip to all the parks. :)

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  19. You should!!! That would be a blast

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  20. Gorgeous photos! Wow, after reading this, I need to go back to the Grand Canyon LIKE NOW. I visited the South Rim once in high school and my boyfriend and I almost made it one of our stops during our cross-country drive, but it was either that or Mt. Zion, and we'd never been to Mt. Zion. So we'll have to go at some point. I've heard great things about the North Rim, and you've solidified my desire to check it out. Love how that's become your spot with your man!

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  21. Awesome! Happy to help :) thanks for reading!

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  22. My sisters are planning a Grand Canyon trip in October, and I really want to go! Sam told me yesterday that he doesn't want to go because it will be expensive (the plane tickets are crazy) and we won't have enough money in our vacation savings account to cover the tickets. :(

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  23. That's so sad :(:( You'll have to make it out there one day :)

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  24. I have been wanting to go to the Grand Canyon for so long now! It's kind of gotten pushed down on my list because I always think of it as touristy and kind of boring, but this makes things different!

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  25. GIRL. I am so glad this makes things different! It can definitely be touristy and boring if you don't know the right things to do! Let me know if you ever need recommendations!!!

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  26. Gosh y'all have some amazing photos! And I love how much the Grand Canyon means to you. I loved it too. Breathtaking. I'd like to visit again and do a longer hike.

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  27. Thanks! A lot of these are from my husband! You should definitely go back!

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