|Photo: Profile view of John driving the van|
Before we arrived at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we stopped for lunch at a little diner in Kanab. John picked up the local guide to the southern Utah area, and I thumbed through it as we waited for our meal. I noticed that nearly every headline contained the word magic or magical. For some reason, every time I turned another page and saw magic or magical, I dissolved into another fit of giggles. Perhaps it's not as funny as I think it is, but we will probably continue for years to come to refer to our visit to the Grand Canyon as our magical trip. (If you don't understand the difference between a trip and a vacation, be sure to click here.)
|Photo: Southern Utah Vacation Guide, with the phrase, 'Magically Unspoiled'|
|Photo: Me, John, and our two youngest children in front of the "Entering Grand Canyon National Park" sign|
|Photo: Green trees in foreground, Grand Canyon in background, with Colorado River snaking through the bottom of the canyon|
|Photo: Panoramic view of Grand Canyon, with rocks and trees in the foreground|
|Photo: Sunshine lights up green plateaus of the Grand Canyon|
|Photo: John and youngest son standing on walkway overlooking red rocks of the Grand Canyon|
|Photo: A green tree frames a view of the Grand Canyon|
Might I offer one suggestion? If you do decide to do a "longer" hike, plan it for the morning, or at least for a time when thunderstorms are not in the forecast. Or at the very least, wear a rain poncho! OR, ignore my advice, and perhaps finish your hike looking like the drowned rats we were:
|Photo: John, soaking wet, and youngest daughter, exhausted and soaking wet after getting caught in a thunderstorm|
|Photo: Youngest son, soaking wet|
|Photo: Me, soaking wet, standing next to a hiking path that has water flowing down it|
Grand Canyon National Park offers more magic than "just" the canyon. We saw flowers, deer, squirrels, and wild turkeys--though the wildlife seemed to disappear (like magic!) before I captured a photo. You'll just have to take my word for it, I guess.
|Photo: A close-up of a pale yellow, 5-petaled flower on a shrub|
I guess the Southern Utah Vacation Guide was right; the Grand Canyon is a magical place!
|Photo: John and I sitting on a big rock, with a tree limb framing the photo and the Grand Canyon in the background|
Thanks for a magical trip!