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.
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.
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.
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.
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?